D2L/Daylight Upgrade Information Sessions

In anticipation of Camosun’s D2L upgrade to Daylight at the end of April, eLearning is offering information sessions at both campuses in March and April.

Come get a sneak peek at the new D2L, find out about some of the new features it will offer you, and ask your questions.  Sign-up at D2L Upgrade Information Sessions.

And don’t forget to visit our website at http://camosun.ca/about/teaching-learning/events/#alpha to register for our spring workshops on everything from the new D2L to Social Media, Online Learning Skills, and Flipping the Classroom!

Here are the dates, times, and locations of the upcoming D2L Upgrade Information Sessions:

Lansdowne (Library and Learning Commons 156)

  • Monday, March 5, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, March 15, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Monday, March 19, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, March 29, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 3, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 12, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Monday, April 16, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Friday, April 27, 1:00-2:00pm

Interurban (Liz Ashton Campus Centre 235)

  • Friday, March 9, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 14, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, March 23, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 28, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, April 6, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 11, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Friday, April 20, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 25, 3:00-4:00pm 
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eLearning Spring 2018 Workshops Open for Registration

Planning your May/June SD?  Register now for eLearning Spring 2018 Workshops!

The eLearning Workshop Series is designed to assist faculty (beginner to advanced) with incorporating educational technologies into their teaching, as well as with blended and online course/program planning and development.  This May/June we have an exciting array of workshops covering everything from D2L, WordPress, flipping the classroom, online learning strategies, and more!

Make sure to register for the session(s) you would like to attend so that we can notify you if there is a room change or cancellation.

Visit our website at http://camosun.ca/about/teaching-learning/events/#alpha to register!

Click to download a PDF of our eLearning Spring 2018 Workshop Calendars.

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Advance Notice: Camosun D2L is Upgrading!

Yes, Camosun’s D2L will be upgrading to the latest version, called the Daylight Experience!

When are we upgrading?

We will be upgrading D2L at the end of April 2018.  So, on May 1st, you will login as usual, but see a new bright and shiny D2L.

Why are we upgrading?

Well, the main reason is that the Daylight Experience version of D2L will be the only version available by the end of August, 2018.  But, we are also excited to be upgrading as Daylight Experience has been designed with mobile devices in mind!  So we are looking forward to a better experience for students who access D2L using their phones or tablets.

How different is this new D2L?

Do not fear! Many of you may remember the upgrade of almost 4 years ago when D2L changed significantly, but this upgrade will not be like that.  While D2L will look different, all the tools will continue to function as you are used to.  And everything you had on your course site on April 30th will still all be there for you on May 1st.

What’s it going to look like?

Here is a screen shot of what a default course homepage will look like (note that this may change a bit, depending on what additional changes are made before the upgrade):

How do I find out more?

During the 2018 Winter term (in March and April), we here in eLearning will be running information sessions at both campuses on the new version to prepare you for the change.  If you would like to talk to us about what impact the new version might have on your course, you can arrange to meet with one of our instructional designers – we will be happy to walk you through the changes.

Questions?  Contact me, Emily Schudel, at schudele@camosun.ca.

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Do your students know how to access Desire2Learn (D2L)?

Setting up your D2L course sites for next term? Are you wondering if your students know how to access D2L?

If you have a D2L course site at Camosun College, your students will not have access to that site until the first day of classes, although they can login to D2L one week earlier (note that wait-listed students won’t have access to D2L until they are officially enrolled).

One way some of our faculty members let students know about D2L is by emailing them before classes begin, both to let them know what to expect on Day 1, and to let them know that they will have a D2L site associated with their course. This is a great way to both connect with your students before you see them for the first time, and alleviate some of the anxiety they may have about that first day of class.

While the specific content of that email will depend how you use D2L for your course, one thing you could include is a handout showing your students how to login to D2L from the Camosun home page. If you would like to download and use a copy of the eLearning tutorial Logging into D2L – a Student Tutorial, you will find the most recent (PDF) version at https://sites.camosun.ca/elearning/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/11/LoggingIntoD2L-August2017.pdf.

If you have any questions about this handout, or want any other tutorials on D2L, let me (Emily Schudel) know: schudele@camosun.ca. I will be glad to help you out!

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Open Access Week at BCcampus

I wanted to take a moment to re-blog sections of a post from BCcampus about Open Access Week, which is happening right now.  There are several events you can attend here in B.C., some of which are listed at https://bccampus.ca/2017/10/23/open-access-week-events-workshops-and-webinars-in-b-c/, but I particularly wanted to highlight a couple involving our own Sue Doner.  Check out the BCcampus link above for more information!

Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation

When: October 26, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Downtown Campus, Atrium Room, 8th floor, Room 825

Click here to register

Please join BCIT, SFU and UBC in celebrating International Open Access Week for a panel that examines the threads running through different tensions in the open movements, including:

  • Indigenous & Traditional Knowledge: Open scholarship may not be respectful of community authority, ownership, and norms of knowledge sharing.
  • Ethics and Privacy: Open scholarship may complicate the impacts of human participants in research, retrospective digitization, and students’ right to privacy.
  • Student-faculty relationships: Affordability conversations around open educational resources may lead to tensions around faculty motivation to provide the best learning resources. Open pedagogies can create risks for students: are they supported and what rights do they have in terms of their privacy, copyright, and consent?
  • Accessibility and inclusivity: Open practices may lead to digital redlining for individuals and communities and may not be truly accessible for everyone.
  • Instructor-Institution relationships: Open practices may allow the appropriation of instructors’ and adjuncts’ work putting their value at risk.

Featured speakers include:

  • Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus)
  • Jessica Gallinger (SFU Library)
  • Sue Doner (Camosun College)
  • Christina Illnitichi (AMS, UBC)
  • David Gaertner (First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC)
  • Lisa Nathan (School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, UBC)
  • Additional speakers: TBA

Accessibility, Inclusivity & OER’s

When: October 31, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Surrey Campus, Rm A2410 

Click here to register

By definition, creating inclusive learning environments and educational resources means that what is being created should be accessible to all students. What does accessibility look like in practice, and what can educators do to contribute to the accessibility of the learning resources & environments they create?

Camosun College‘s Sue Doner will lead this workshop, where you will begin by establishing a common understanding of key terminology like “academic accommodations”, “accessibility”, and “Universal Design for Learning (UDL)”, before identifying “6 easy things you can always do” to contribute to the accessibility of your educational resources. Finally, you will engage in an interactive, facilitated activity that will require you to adopt the perspective of a particular student and assess a learning environment for any accessibility barriers it poses to you/your student.

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D2L Monthly Upgrades – What’s new in August 2017!

This month you will see a change in the Dropbox tool.  You can now hide a Dropbox folder without changing its start and end dates!

Note that at the time of this posting, if you create a New Dropbox folder in your course, it will be hidden by default and you will have to turn the new setting off.  There are two ways of doing this:

First, you can change this setting when you are first setting up your Dropbox folder.  To do this:

  • Click New Folder.
    Click New Folder
  • Give your folder a Name, and set up your Properties as you like.  Then click the Restrictions tab.
    Add a Name then click Restrictions
  • Deselect the Hidden from users checkbox, then click Save and Close.
    Deselec the Hidden from users checkbox, then click Save and Close

If you did not deselect the Hidden from users checkbox, you can also “un-hide” the dropbox using the drop-down menu next to the title of the Dropbox folder.  To do this:

  • Click the down arrow next to the title of your hidden Dropbox folder (you will see a closed eye icon next to the title of any hidden Dropboxes in your list).  Select Make Visible to Users.  The closed eye will disappear.
    Click the dropbox's down arrow and select Make Visible to Users

If you decide later that you want to hide a Dropbox:

  • Click the down arrow next to the title of the Dropbox folder you wish to hide.  Select Hide from users.  You will now see the closed eye next to your Dropbox folder title.
    Click the dropbox's dropdown menu and select Hide from Users

Note that if you have linked to a hidden Dropbox in the Content area, it will also be hidden from students there as well.  When you select Make Visible to Users, the Dropbox will then be Published (made visible) in the Content area.

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D2L Monthly Upgrades – What’s new in July 2017!

We have some exciting changes for you this month!

Shuffle Questions in the Quiz

This new option in the Quizzes tool allows you to shuffle the order of questions in your Quiz, either ALL the questions, or specific groups/sections of questions.  This means that the order of questions will change each time the Quiz is opened.

So, first, to shuffle ALL questions in a Quiz:

  • Go to the Quizzes tool in your course and create a New Quiz, or edit an existing one.
  • After adding your questions to the Quiz, click on the Shuffle order of questions at the quiz level select box.  Click Save to enable the shuffling option and continue editing your Quiz.

Second, create a Section in your quiz containing questions you want to shuffle, so that other questions in the Quiz will NOT be shuffled.  You can also use this option if you want to include a Text item (like a Case Study description) followed by a set of questions, where the Text item remains at the top, but the questions are shuffled.

  • Go to the Quizzes tool in your course and create a New Quiz, or edit an existing one.  Then click Add/Edit Questions.

  • Click New and select Section.
  • Give your section a Section Name, and then scroll down to Display Options, where you will select Shuffle order of questions in this section.  Click Save.

  • Click on the title of the Section to open it, and then click Import.

  • Find and add the questions you want to shuffle in the Quiz into the Section.  then click Save.

  • Click Done Editing Questions to return to the Quiz editor.
  • You will see that the questions in your Section have the Shuffled icon next to them.  You can then add more questions to your quiz which will NOT be shuffled.  Click Save and Close when you have finished editing your Quiz.

Copy and Paste from Word – no formatting pop-up anymore!

For the last several months, when copying content from WORD into the HTML editor, you may have seen this pop-up:

But now?  DE Support now has the option to turn off this pop-up, so it will no longer appear when you copy and paste content into the HTML editor wherever it appears in D2L!!

Warning to save HTML editor content if you accidentally forget to save before navigating to somewhere else.

If you are working in the HTML editor in D2L (in the News tool, Content, etc.), and you forget to save before navigating to another website, or shutting down your browser, you will now get a warning prompting you to continue editing (or Save) or discard your changes.

For example, when working in the D2L HTML editor while using Chrome, if you don’t save your HTML page and try to navigate away, you will see this message:

If you choose to Stay, you can continue editing your HTML page and save it.

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