D2L FAQs

General

Gradebook

Quizzes

Surveys

 

You can also refer to the documentation available through the district for more information on many D2L topics.


 

General

What happens to my course when the semester is over?

Nothing. At this time, the system stores your course for at least 2-3 years. This means that you can access it at any time, and its content remains available for you to reuse.

How do I get my course to be available in D2L?

If your course is coded as a “Hybrid” or “Web” course within Banner, it will automatically be available. If it is not listed this way, you need to talk to your department chair/coordinator or your dean to get its Banner code updated. Once the Banner change is made, the course will automatically (within 48 hours) become available in D2L.

My course is coded right in Banner. Why can’t I find it in D2L?

If this is a course for a future semester, you’ll need to wait until that semester is activated in D2L. This is usually done 2-4 weeks before the start of classes. If it’s for the current semester and your course has just been recoded, you’ll need to wait until the next day – Banner can take up to 48 hours to process updates. If you still can't see your course, contact Instructional Technology for assistance.

My new D2L course is empty. What happened to my old content?

Each semester’s new courses are created as empty “shells” that you can fill with content. It is possible to copy content from an old course to a new one.

Can I copy assignments or other items from a previous D2L course into my new one?

Yes. You can reuse materials from any of your courses. To do so, select “Import/Export/Copy Components” from the Course Admin Tools section of the Edit Course screen in the new course. Then choose “Copy Components from another Org Unit,” click Next, and follow the prompts. Note that if you want to duplicate a homepage layout, you will also need to go to the Homepages screen to Set the homepage from the copied course.

Can students on my waitlist access my course?

Partially. Waitlisted students have access to your D2L course homepage and to the D2L email system, but they cannot access any other course content, take quizzes, or submit assignments until they are officially enrolled.

As I'm setting up my D2L course, is it possible to see things as the student would?

Yes. The best way to access a student view is to make use of the Test Student that has been set up for that purpose. Every course now includes this student (first name "Test," last name "Student"). Go to your classlist and click on the Impersonate icon (D2L Impersonate icon) for Test Student to log in as that student. You will then be able to view all course elements exactly as any other student; you can even take your own quizzes, submit assignment, etc. as that student to make sure everything works as it should.

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Gradebook

Please also refer to the Grades User Guide for more information.

Can I show my students letter grades instead of percentages in the gradebook?

To add letter grades, you need to create a grade scheme other than the default “Percentage” one. Go to Grades > Grades Schemes. From here, you have two options: you can use a grade scheme someone else has already created or create your own grade scheme.

Many other faculty and staff have already created letter-grade (and other) schemes. If you click “Copy” on the Grade Schemes page, a complete (and very long) list of these will appear. If you prefer to use just A,B,C,D,F grades, then you can just select the second option on the list (“Letter Grade in the Course”). If you prefer to use +/- as well, then my suggestion is to narrow the list by putting “letter grades” (without quotation marks) in the “Search For:” box, then choose the second option on the list (under “College Composition”). Once you have made your selection, scroll down, change the scheme name if you wish, and click “Copy.” The scheme itself will be displayed; you can change the grade cutoffs if you wish. Click “Save” at the bottom to save the scheme; you will be returned to the basic Grades Schemes page from which you started, and you should see your new scheme listed there. The last step is to click the check mark under “Set as Default” to make this your course’s default grading scheme. Now, the letter grades that are listed in the scheme will be displayed if you choose the “Grade Scheme Symbol” option in the display options as mentioned above.

To make a grade scheme from scratch, click “New” on the Grade Schemes Page. Name your grade scheme, then create grade cutoffs by putting the letter grade under “Symbol” and the corresponding percentage under “Start %.” Note that your list must go from low to high, so you start with an F and the lowest possible grade of zero. Next would be D- (or D if you’re not using +/- grades) and the lowest percentage associated with it (60, for example). Note that you are not required to associate colors with any grades. Also, don’t worry about the “Assigned value” column; the system will automatically take care of that for you later. When you finish and save the scheme, you can make it the default scheme on the schemes list as described above.

See also: http://idea.uwosh.edu/D2Lwiki/index.php/How_do_I_setup_a_grade_scheme.

Can I turn off the color scheme in the gradebook?

To change your grade display settings, go to Grades > Grades Settings > Personal Display Options. Under Grade Details, you will see three options: Points Grade, Grade Scheme Symbol (if you are using the default percentage scheme, the “symbol” will be the percentage, e.g. 92%), and Grade Scheme Color. You can select any or all of these options, which means you can uncheck the “Grade Scheme Color” box to make sure the colors don’t show in your gradebook.

If you wish to change the display for all of the students, go to Grades > Grades Settings > Org Unit Display Options, then follow the same procedure.

Be sure to save any changes you make!

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Quizzes

Please also refer to the Quizzes User Guide for more information.

Is it possible to track students’ progress through a quiz?

If you want to view the progress of students who have not yet completed a quiz attempt, begin with the Quizzes screen (you should be looking at the Quizzes List in the Manage Quizzes section). Click the title of the quiz you want to look at. Use the “Restrict to” drop-down menu below the search bar to select “Users with attempts in progress” and then click the Search button. A list of those students who have begun the quiz but have not yet completed it will appear. This can be a useful method for monitoring students’ progress.

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Surveys

Please also refer to the Surveys User Guide for more information.

How do I see the results of a survey?

There are two ways to view the results of a survey you have created. The first way is to select the “Results” icon (the second of the three icons available) for your chosen survey. This will bring up a list of the students in which you can view their individual responses to each question by clicking on the “attempt” or “overall results” link under each name. You can also see a summary of the results by clicking the “Overall Survey Results” link at the bottom of that list.

The second way, which will also allow you to download and/or print your survey results, is to set up a Report for your survey. You do this in the “Reports Setup” Tab when creating or editing your survey. First, select “Add Report.” Give the report a name, and select either “Summary Report” (if you want to see the overall class results) or “Individual Attempts” (if you want to see each student’s individual answers). Also, if you choose Summary Report, make sure that the “Show Aggregate Data” and “Show Text Responses” options under it are checked. Next, choose the release options, which specify when you want your results available and who can see them. Make sure that at least “Instructor.Primary” is checked so that you can see your own report. Finally, click the “Save Report” button to save this report.

Now, when you return to the list of surveys, you can choose the “Reports” icon (the first of the three icons) for your chosen survey. You will see a list of the reports associated with this survey. When you select one, you can choose for the system to create a report in either CSV format (comma-delimited spreadsheet that you can view in Excel) or HTML format (viewable in the web browser). You can also print the report once it's generated.

See also: http://www.vcccd.edu/assets/pdf/distance_education/Surveys_User_Guide_8.3_to_8.4.x.pdf for more information on surveys.

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