D2L Monthly Upgrades – What was new for June

And here we go with our second post in the “catch up with D2L monthly update changes” series:  June

So, for June we saw the following changes:

Grades – automatically set the grade item score based on a rubric score

And another great change to the Rubrics tool – you can now use Rubrics you’ve attached to Grade Items to automatically add grades to your gradebook!  No more doubling up on effort.

Here’s how it works:

  •  Go to the grading area for the Grade Item you’ve attached your rubric toRubricsInGrades1
  • Click Assessment for each student in turnRubricsInGrades2
  • Score your rubric and click Save and Record .  You will see the Grade column updated for the student.RubricsInGrades3
  • When you are finished grading the Grade Item, click Save and Close.RubricsInGrades4

Groups – automatic creation of discussion topics

This may not apply to everyone, but now if you add a group (in the Groups tool) to a Group Category due to new students enrolling in the course, a discussion topic is automatically set up for that new group (if you have set up discussion topics for your Group initially).  Just a nice feature so you don’t have to remember to do this manually!

Groups – descriptive naming for discussion topics

A small change, and maybe not something you’d notice, but now when you create a group with discussion forums, the forums contain the name of the Group Category + “Group #”, meaning that the forums will be named for the Group Category with the Group’s number.

Here’s what it looks like:

  • Create your Group Category, making sure to Set up discussion areas.  Click Save.GroupsDescriptiveName1
  • Set up the Forum for your Discussion areas.  Click Create and Next.GroupsDescriptiveName2
  • Click Done.GroupsDescriptiveName3
  • Now, go to the Discussions Tool and find the Forum you created.  Note that the Topic Titles contain the title of your Group Category, with the Group #.GroupsDescriptiveName4

Overall, little changes, but all enhancing the D2L experience.

 If you have any questions about these, or any other changes to D2L, contactdesupport@camosun.ca.

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