InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Archive for May, 2013

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th May 2013

The prowess of these three crackers also underscores the need for end users to come up with better password hygiene. Many Fortune 500 companies tightly control the types of passwords employees are allowed to use to access e-mail and company networks, and they go a long way to dampen crackers’ success. http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/05/how-crackers-make-minced-meat-out-of-your-passwords

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your q/s, our a/s: backup of D2L courses and components (e.g. grades)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th May 2013

Question:I have a question about expiration policy of D2L courses, and how to save the courses. Do you archive the courses before they disappear on D2L? And is it possible to restore them after  on demand? Answer: D2L administrators and the D2L listserv announces the purge of D2L courses usually early August, before the start of [...]

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D2L Version 10.1 orientation sessions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

D2L version 10.1 will be rolled out at the end of this month. D2L will be unavailable from 10:00 PM on Friday, May 31, 2013 until 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Training videos highlighting the changes in version 10.1 are available for both faculty and students at: http://mnscuims.mnscu.edu/training.html Brief training sessions outlining the changes in [...]

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your q/s, our a/s: change grades from percentage to points

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

change grades from percentage to points click on “settings: in the upper right corner of your navigation bar locate the box in front of “points grade” and check it. Save!

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your q/s, our a/s: open final grades visible to all students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Question: How can I have the final grades all the time and visible to each students   Go to Grades:   scroll to the right until you see “final grades”     locate icon “release/unlreases grades” and click on it      

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your q/s, our a/s: filter and search for Quiz Submissions and Dropbox Submissions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Question: How do I filter and search for Quiz Submissions and Dropbox Submissions?Answer: This has been confusing to users who expect the filter to run automatically after they select a filter option from the drop-down.  It is necessary to click the Search icon/button to display the filter results. See FAQ with screen shots at this [...]

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your q/s, our a/s:

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Question:  How do the All or Nothing, Equally Weighted, and Right Minus Wrong grading options work for Matching, Ordering and Multi-Select Questions?   Answer:  https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1292.

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your q/s, our a/s: news items

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Question: How do I dismiss or restore News Items?Answer: https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1299 Note that individual users control which items to dismiss from or restore to their view.  For example, if a teacher dismisses a News item, it still displays to students. This feature can be a little confusing because the icon for dismissing is an “X” which [...]

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D2L issue /solution: set the correct responses to quiz questions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Issue:  How do I set the correct responses to quiz questions and how can they be weighted?   Solution:  T/F, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Fill in the Blank, and Multiple Short Answer question types allow for weighting the correct or partially correct responses for automatically grading the questions.  See details at:  https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1293/  

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D2L issues / solutions: add a rubric to a Dropbox folder

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd May 2013

Issue:  Why can’t I add a rubric to a Dropbox folder, Discussion topic, a Grade item or a Quiz? Solution:  There are several possible reasons.  See them at https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1279  

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