In instances when D2L is unavailable, instructors can use these alternatives to connect with their students.
OIT's Academic Technology Consultants (ATCs) assist the faculty with integrating technologies into their teaching, research and creative works. They are also able to assist faculty with learning the workarounds suggested below. Here is a listing of ATC and their contact information.
The outage has been frustrating for everyone... particularly students. To help keep students informed, send an email to them via MyCuInfo to let them know how quizzes, assignments, and discussions due during the outage will be handled.
To see a list of students enrolled in your course and to send an email to the entire class, select class email (to go straight to the class email) or course roster to the right of your course name in the Teaching Tools tab in MyCUInfo.
Please note: many instructors have been sending emails this way, and as a result messages to students have been delayed for up to 90 minutes.
Google Apps for Education: Learn more about Google Apps on the Google Apps FAQ.
The new Google Apps for Education service on campus can offer many possible D2L workarounds, and even some new features, for your classroom technology experience. While Google Apps is not an “Online Learning Environment”, many of Google’s core products overlap with popular OLE features and can support online learning whether D2L is available or not.
All campus users can access Google Apps from any Google portal (or general login at https://accounts.google.com/) by using your firstname.lastname@example.org (not email@example.com) and your IdentiKey password:
Once in the system, you can use many of Google’s popular tools to share files, websites, and discussions securely, using any campus user’s preferred email address. For instance:
Google Drive, including Google’s popular Google Docs service, offers email-based sharing of common files, videos, and folders. Create a folder, add your files, and then choose how to share them with your class. You can make the folder private (in which you’ll need to share with each of your students’ @colorado.edu email addresses) or the semi-secure “link only” option. Students can also submit work securely with you, by uploading and sharing files with you in the same manner.
By creating groups that include student email addresses, you can continue to have collaborative email and/or threaded conversations as well as simplify sharing for other Google resources.
Users can create simple websites, embed files, pictures, calendars, and discussions, and then share those resources securely with student email addresses.
While CU-Boulder’s Google Apps for Education offers many other compelling technologies for online learning, including Google+, Blogger, and Calendar, we encourage new users to chose one or two of the above technologies that will best support their immediate needs as we continue to develop Google Apps training and documentation.
You can use a web-based file sharing tool to distribute course materials to students or create a simple website with course information. You can also add a course web page to your existing website. Some website options allow student participation and can be used by students to exchange course information and materials with each other.
FERPA information is available on the Registrar’s website: http://registrar.colorado.edu/regulations/definition_of_education_records.html
Google groups or Facebook groups can be used as a discussion and file sharing space for students. Instructions for attaching a document for a group on Facebook
Blogger: Students can sign into Blogger using their firstname.lastname@example.org accounts and then can post comments, depending on the privacy settings of the blog. The instructor or a student would need to create the blog space to begin the discussion.
Google Docs/Drive: By setting a document or presentation to view only in Google Docs/Drive and then publish the page, you can share a URL with students from which they can easily view your content but not edit it.
Google Sites: Users can create simple websites, embed files, pictures, calendars, and discussions, and then share those resources securely with student email addresses.
Spot/Rintintin: If you use your server space here at CU through either Spot or Rintintin, you can upload pdfs or PowerPoints directly to the web. The URL that you will then have for the files will appear as:
Leeds Faculty Only: http://leeds-faculty.colorado.edu/username
There are a few options for distributing grades to students to remain FERPA-compliant.
Touch base with your instructor to find out how they will be handling quizzes, assignments, and discussions due during the outage.