D2L Monthly Upgrades – What’s new in April and May 2017!

Welcome to our Camosun D2L Upgrade Report.

From April

Accessibility Checker in the HTML Editor

For those of you looking for a quick way to see if your pages and posts created using the HTML editor in D2L are compliant with WCAG Accessibility standards, your wish has been answered.  The HTML editor in D2L now has a Check Accessibility option that you can click to check for:

  • Use of paragraphs as headings
  • Sequential headings
  • Adjacent links
  • Ordered list structure
  • Unordered list structure
  • Contrast ratio of text to background colors
  • Image ALT text
  • ALT text filename
  • Table Caption
  • Complex table summary
  • Table caption and summary
  • Table heading scope, markup, and headers

“The [accessibility] checker indicates if there are no issues, or offers suggestions to fix identified accessibility issues.”  But note that it only available for those pages you create in D2L using the HTML editor.

Quizzes – “Long Answer Question” renamed “Written Response”

So, don’t be surprised when getting ready to create your quiz questions!

From May

Discussions – Allow instructors to post to All Groups at once in a Group Topic

Back in January, I told you about the new Discussions feature allowing you to create a Topic containing a set of group-restricted threads.  Now, we have a bit of an improvement to this as you can now post to All Groups within the Topic, instead of having to post to each group thread individually.

And there you have it.  Stay tuned for June updates next month!

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