What's New in D2L Version 10?
Clarion University's Learning Management System, Desire to Learn (D2L), will undergo an upgrade from version 9.4.1 to version 10 beginning December 15, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. D2L users will be greeted with the new Desire2Learn interface when Winter Intersession begins December 17.
Much of the tool functionality is the same with a few enhancements. Many of the noticeable differences are visual including:
Changes to Home pages and navigation
Redesigned Home pages
• Redesigned "MyHome" interface: new streamlined 2-column home page layout and content widgets for easier viewing on a variety of devices. Content widgets include: Faculty (or Student) announcements, Help, and My Courses and Calendar. In addition, links to D2L Help and University Resources can be found in the banner area.
New Mini Bar access from all pages
• New mini bar: Accessible on all pages, the mini bar allows users to access My Home, move between courses without returning to the MyHome page by selecting courses from a drop down menu and have instant access to alerts for news items, dropbox and quiz end dates, and new discussion board posts. The Mini bar also provides convenient access to profile and personal settings.
Under the course selection, users may pin their courses to go to the top of their course list. The mini bar also allows users to Logout from a drop down menu in the top right corner and has a section for message, update and chatter alerts which will have a red dot to notify the user of notifications. In order for the instructor to receive the chatter alerts, they must be subscribed to the discussion post.
• New course navigation bar: tools are grouped into drop-down menus, but will function in much the same way as the previous version of D2L.
Additional Functional changes and improvements for faculty
• New Dropbox feedback release option: Enables instructors to select and release Dropbox feedback to students simultaneously, rather than releasing feedback on a student-by-student basis
~ From the Folder submissions page, instructors can select the Grade and Leave Feedback option and then Save the feedback in Draft mode until all feedback is completed.
~ Once the feedback is completed for all students, the new "Publish Feedback" option enables instructors to select all students (or individuals) to release the feedback at one time. A window will ask for confirmation.
• Discussion Enhancements: "Must post first" option requires students to post a message before being able to view or reply to classmates' posts.