D2L - WebDav

Last Updated: 02/11/2014

Overview

WebDAV stands for “Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning.” It enables you to manage files for your websites as if the files were stored on a local hard drive.

About WebDav

You can quickly and easily copy, move, delete, rename and upload/download course files directly from your own computer, without logging into the Desire2Lean Learning Environment.

WebDAV is an ideal option if you have a large number of course files to edit and upload on a regular basis.

For further information, visit http://www.WebDAV.org

Setting Up WebDav

OIT provides documentation for setting up WebDav for users using both Windows and Mac OSX. To learn more about setting up WebDav for your Desire2Learn course please consult the table below and visit the following web pages, depending on your operating system, for more detailed descriptions for each WebDav option:

OS Tutorial/Description Update/Software Download
Windows 32-bit systems Setting Up Web Folders:
Users of Windows 32-bit systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8) have the ability to create a web folder that corresponds to your D2L course. However, a software update is needed to create this folder.
www.microsoft.com/ download/en/ details.aspx?id=15123
Windows 64-bit systems Setting Up WebDav with Cyberduck (Windows):
For users of Windows 64-bit systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8) a third party software is needed to use WebDav. Cyberduck is an easy to use program that creates a connection with your D2L course content folder.
http://cyberduck.ch/
Mac OSX Setting Up WebDav using Finder:
A connection to your D2L course content can be created using the Finder application. No update or download is required, but the performance can be slow at times.
 
Mac OSX Setting Up WebDav with Cyberduck (Macintosh):
A third party software can be downloaded to use WebDav. Cyberduck is an easy to use program that creates a connection with your D2L course content folder.
http://cyberduck.ch/

Your Course's WebDav URL

When setting up WebDav it is important to get your course's URL correct. When using WebDav with Desire2Learn, the URL should follow the format of https://<Domain>/<Course Path>. The following would be an example of the complete URL: https://learndav.colorado.edu/content/enforced/1000-course_user/

Please read below for an explanation of this URL:

  • <Domain>: The domain for CU-Boulder's D2L WebDav site, learndav.colorado.edu
  • <Course Path>: The location of the applicable course within the course folder in D2L. This location can be found by:
    1. Clicking Edit Course on your course navigation bar
    2. From Edit Course, click Course Offering Information.
    3. Your Course Offering Path will be found on this page, under the Start/End Dates:
      Visual for Course Path URL