D2L free training videos for Version 10.1

Free training videos.  See http://mnscuims.mnscu.edu/training.html for links to the videos.

Version 10.1 Videos for Teachers

From Desire2Learn Community Site:

Content Overview
User Progress Overview

From Atomic Learning (free):

32 short videos–Content, User Progress, Discussions

From MnSCU:

Content Tool Changes in D2L Version 10.1

User Progress and Discussion Tool Changes in D2L Version 10.1


Version 10.1 Videos for Students

Overview Videos

D2L issue / solution: “Normal” quiz submission

Issue:  What does the “Normal” quiz submission type mean?

Solution:  Within a quiz’s “Restrictions” settings, you can select one of three submission options: Normal, Late or Auto-Submit.  (The default is “Normal.”)
Go to FAQ https://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1298 for details on “Normal” quiz submission.



D2L Issue / Solution: recalculate quizzes

Issue: When grading an individual quiz attempt, you have to go to the top of the page to click Recalculate, then to the bottom of the page to click Save.Solution:  Use keyboard shortcuts to move from top to bottom of page in D2L.  This can be useful on other D2L screens as well.FAQhttps://d2l.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1330

This issue with the Quiz “Recalculate” and “Save” buttons being on opposite ends of the screen has been submitted to D2L and we’ve asked to have both buttons placed together on the top and bottom of the screen. In the meantime, use this workaround to avoid the excessive scrolling.


your q/s, our a/s: difference between TA and TA+ in D2L

 questions and answers Q:
I am a faculty member that has received a TA for the first time, and I am trying to add him into my D2L class. I’ve figured out how to add him to the class, but am unsure whether to add him as a TA or as a TA+. Could you explain the difference to me? I tried looking through the online help files, but couldn’t find a description of the differences between them.

TA+ can alter D2L grades. TA cannot


TA in D2L

TA+functions which TA can perform in D2L




On Millennials

Millennials comprise the largest generational sector since the baby boomers. As this group enters the job market, training organizations will be forced to find new innovative ways to reach this new audience.


Schaffhauser, D. (2015). American Millennials Not Terribly Bright When It Comes to Pretty Much Everything That Matters, Analysis Finds. Campus Technology. Retrieved from http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/04/american-millennials-not-terribly-bright.aspx
America’s Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future” actually examines data from a couple of years ago that came out of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) to compare the United States to 21 other member countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

American PISA Scores Drop


The numbers are in from the latest Programme for International Student Assessment(PISA), and for American students, as United States Department of EducationSecretary Arne Duncan put it, “It is a picture of educational stagnation.”
The problem is not that our 15-year-olds are performing worse today than before. The problem is that they’re simply not making progress. Students in many other nations are advancing instead of standing still. In a knowledge-based global economy where education is more important than ever before, both to individual success and collective prosperity, our students are basically losing ground. We’re running in place as other high performing countries start to lap us.”
Daniel Domenech, executive director of AASA, theSchool Superintendents Association. “The problem we find in American education isn’t that schools are ‘falling behind,’ it is that schools are ‘pulling apart.’ Poverty in America is the real issue behind today’s education gap.
Among the findings: Top-performing countries, primarily those in Asia, place great emphasis on selecting and training teachers, encourage them to work together and prioritize investment in teacher quality. They also set clear targets and give teachers autonomy in the classroom to achieve them.

American Millennials Not Terribly Bright When It Comes to Pretty Much Everything That Matters, Analysis Finds


American Millennials Not Terribly Bright
American Millennials Not Terribly Bright

“This report suggests that far too many are graduating high school and completing postsecondary educational programs without receiving adequate skills,” the report stated. “If we expect to have a better educated population and a more competitive workforce, policy makers and other stakeholders will need to shift the conversation from one of educational attainment to one that acknowledges the growing importance of skills and examines these more critically.”

your q/s, our a/s: extra credit assignment to final grade — check “can exceed”

I have an extra credit assignment that is not adding to the final grade for the class. I would like to make sure that this credit gets added into the final grade. My email is xxxx@stcloudstate.edu and phone number is (320) XXX-XXXXA:I fixed the issue preventing the extra credit items from calculating.

When placing extra credit items in a category, the category has to have the ‘can exceed’ checkbox checked.

questions and answers

your q/s, our a/s: students registered for class, but cannot see D2L course

questions and answers Q:
As of May XX 1130am my E services (with 11 students) show those names and their ID nmbrs below00XXXXX Doe, John
00XXXXX Doe, Jane

but their names are not on D2L classlist. My classlist shows only 9 names. The first day is tomorrow (21st).

A:  https://www5.stcloudstate.edu/its/activateaccount/default.asp   — both students need to activate their huskynet ids.  They will use their e-services info to log in and activate the account.  Once the account is activated, they should populate in D2L.  If they do it today, it is still possible they will show up in the classlist tomorrow.