Desire2Learn has finished upgrading the Learning Environment 10.2. Feature improvements and fixes to D2L's usability and functionality that will enhance instructor and student experiences was completed.
Easier Navigation: The content map is now always available as an expandable left panel while viewing topics. You can quickly navigate to any topic in the module or to any topic in the entire course.
Tablet-friendly: The content panel supports swipe gestures on tablets so you can swipe left to expand and right to collapse the panel on your iPad or Android device.
Drag and Drop: Instructors can also drag and drop files directly from their desktop into the map to upload and update topics without leaving the viewer.
Track Student Progress: The new Completion Summary list (available from within the Content viewer) allows instructors to quickly access completion summaries for all learning activities.
Access Student Information Quickly: Instructors can also hover over any student’s profile picture to contact the student, access their full profile, and view their overall progress in the course.
Time-saving Templates: Instructors can now select from pre-defined HTML templates when creating new documents in Content. The document templates will save you time by automatically formatting documents that you create in D2L.
Deleted Topics and Forums can be Restored: We’ve replaced the Delete area in Discussions with the new Restore area. You can now restore deleted discussion forums and topics quickly from the Discussions List.
New Reading View:
displays counts of unread posts, providing a better indicator of which threads have more activity. Threads with recent activity appear at the top of the page by default, providing quick access to new information.
provides an easy-to-scan area with the most recent author’s information and includes the ability to hover over the author’s picture to see profile information.
Easier to Restore Deleted Folders: Deleted Dropbox folders can be restored from the Event Log.
Download All Submissions, Provide Feedback, Upload: In addition to the existing bulk download of student Dropbox submissions, you can now evaluate and annotate submitted work using the desktop software of your choice, and finish the process by bulk uploading these files. Downloaded Dropbox submissions are assigned a unique identifier, enabling D2L to recognize the files upon upload.
New Calculation Method: Milestone Grade Calculation ensures that the total score is the sum of the denominators of the chosen grade items, rather than scaling the excluded items to total 100%.
Automatic Recalculation: Previously, to recalculate a quiz score, an instructor would have to scroll to the top of the page to click Recalculate, then scroll back down to the bottom of the page to click Save. In 10.2, the Recalculate button has been removed and recalculation occurs automatically whenever an individual question is graded. If you manually alter the final score on a quiz and then decide to clear that score, the system reverts back to automatically recalculating the final score.
More Grouping Options: A new group enrollment type has been created where the group category contains n groups, and each group has a capacity of m users (# of Groups of # - Self Enrollment).This enrollment type is useful in situations where students are iself-enrolling in groups with a fixed capacity. Use this enrollment type to determine the structure of groups (number of groups and size of each group) in advance. Users can choose which group they would like to join, subject to the constraints of the group structure.
The User Profile Card
Hover to See User Information: Most pages in D2L will display user information in a user profile card when you hover over a user’s profile image. The information can include the user’s name, online status, role, social networking information, and “tagline” - a new field in the User Profile tool. The profile card also includes a Send Email button and a link to view the user’s progress.
Enhanced Document Viewer: The document viewer has been updated to provide a better viewing experience. Documents automatically resize to fit the viewport and you can view them in full screen without losing your current scroll point in the document. This means that you can move seamlessly between full-screen and normal view with no disruption to the viewing experience.
Improvements for All
Improved Compose Email Screen:
Includes CC and BCC fields that are hidden by default until you want to use them.
The file attachments area now supports drag and drop.
The Send Results page only displays when there are errors in the email addresses.
Auto-Complete Addresses: The To, CC, and BCC fields will auto-complete for any personal contacts in an instructor’s Address Book. If an instructor accesses Email when viewing a course offering, the To, CC, and BCC fields will auto-complete for course contacts in that offering.
Updated Equation Editor: The Equation Editor available within the HTML Editor now provides a more user-friendly experience, and browsers are no longer dependent on Java.
New Reading View Options: The reading view in the Discussion Tool has been split into two new views: topic view and thread view.
The new topic view provides consolidated information about a topic and summarizes all of the threads within the topic.
The new thread view focuses on a single thread of conversation, allowing users to participate in the discussion without distraction.
Quiz, Survey, and Self-Assessment Tools
Drop-Down Lists for Answers: The Matching question type in the Quiz, Survey, and Self-Assessment tools now feature drop-down lists instead of input boxes.