Desire2Learn and the Faculty of Arts

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On May 31st, Blackboard will be no more, and Desire2Learn (D2L) will take its place.

Desire2Learn is the new platform for online and blended learning at the University of Calgary. It’s a leading-edge and robust learning management system from a Canadian software company, designed to work well on any modern web browser, on any computer or mobile operating system. It’s used by both K-12 school boards in Calgary, by most private schools in the city, and nearly every all post-secondary institution (except MRU).

There are plenty of instructor resources available, including a list of frequently asked questions. See here for full documentation; and once you’ve signed up for an account, there are plenty of video tutorials available.

A short introduction to D2L will be a part of one of your upcoming Department meetings. A member of the transition team will be there to take your questions and explain the migration process from Blackboard.

Townhall Presentations

Join the D2L project team for a Desire2Learn presentation/demonstration in SS006:

  • Monday, March 24th 12 – 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 25th 10:00 – 11:00 and 11:00 – 12:00
  • Wednesday, March 26th 12 – 1:00PM
  • Friday, March 28th 12 – 1:00PM

Workshops

Faculty-of-Arts-specific workshops will take place the weeks of March 31 – April 4; April 7 – April 11; and May 5 – 9. This training will include:

Module 1: D2L Content and Communication (2 hours)

  • During this facilitated hands-on workshop you will have the opportunity to create and organize content in D2L, port content into D2L from your old Blackboard course, send email to students, manage online discussions, enroll T.A.’s and make your D2L course available to students.

Module 2: D2L Assignments and Grades (2 hours)

  • During this facilitated hands-on workshop you will have the opportunity to practice creating and grading student assignments, entering grades into the gradebook, and using the gradebook to calculate student grades.

Module 3: D2L Quizzes and Surveys (2 hours)

  • During this facilitated hands-on workshop you will have the opportunity to practice using the D2L quiz tool, create student focused self assessments, and collect feedback from students using the survey tool.

Module 4: Individual Work Time (2 hours)

  • This session provides you time to work on your own course with a D2L facilitator available. Whether your course has been migrated from Blackboard or you are starting fresh in D2L, come and join a D2L facilitator to get your questions answers and have time to get your D2L course ready for your students.

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