Many of you have noticed and lamented the changes to DISCUSSIONS for D2L 10.3.
Sac City’s own Debra Crumpton reached out to Barry Dahl of D2L for comments and received a response that yes, this is a big issue and it might be fixed by October (you can see the full e-mail below).
While they fix this issue, please take a look at the instructions below for grading DISCUSSIONS.
Click Grades | Click Enter Grades (Switch to Standard View if you are not in that view by default. You are in Standard View if the button says Switch to Spreadsheet View). Click on the conversation icon to grade.
Thanks for the note. Sorry to say, I won’t be of much help to you. The significant changes that were made in the Discussions tool for version 10.3 have caused a great deal of angst with many people who use the D2L Learning Environment.
At our Global User Conference in July (FUSION), a team of product developers spent three days gathering input from attendees about the problems with the Discussions tool. That development team is now working to restore the previous functionality that you are referring to.
D2L management has committed to building back in the previous functionality along with the new functionality (some people do like it) – at which time there will be a choice as to which “view” you are using. I’m not sure if they will once again call it “grid view,” which is the name that was used in the previous tool – but I would guess so.
Now the really hard part. I don’t like to give timelines because they prove to be inaccurate about 80% of the time. I know that D2L management considers this to be a very high priority, but it does take time to re-write millions of lines of code without breaking something else. I have heard the October product update is a possibility, but I wouldn’t want to guarantee that. In fact, I cannot guarantee anything since I have nothing to do with this code development that I’m talking about. The previous functionality will be restored within the next few months is probably the best I can say at this time, and have a reasonable chance of being right.
That’s pretty much all I have for you on this topic. Thanks for the note, and stay tuned to more details which will be disseminated through your D2L site admin staff and your college administrators.
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Below you’ll find a list of the changes in this new version, grouped by tool. These changes apply to all users (both course owners and students).
Content Updated Notifications: Instructors can now notify students of changed content when they update or change a file from Content.
- Discussion Participation Improvements: You can now force students to create a thread before being able to read and reply to other student’s posts at the forum level, which will then apply to all topics within that forum. This is great when you are making use of group topics – now the option only has to be set once, rather than on each topic individually.
- Statistics Improvements: Discussion statistics now calls out the number of threads a student has created and replied to separately.
- Discussion Post Ratings: You can set discussion post ratings on a per-topic basis, rather than for the entire course.
- New Rating Schemes: One that allows the class to vote posts up and down, giving each post a cumulative score, and another that allows the class to only vote posts up as a way to show agreement or approval. In both, your vote displays along with the cumulative score for that post. You can also configure it to show only your vote for cases where you don’t want students to see the cumulative score. To make it easier for you to use these new rating schemes, you can set a default rating scheme in Discussions Settings that apply for all newly created topics and any topics imported to the course without a rating scheme set. If you wish to change the rating scheme in the middle of a discussion, you are free to do so, and all rating data is preserved in case they decide to switch back. Discussion statistics will include information about the number of votes Up or Down a forums and topic has received.
- New Discussion View: Students and faculty can now see the author of the last post next to the topic. Click on unread to sort through unread messages quickly or use the Sort by function to sort messages by author, subject, or date.
- Email Classlist: The “Email” button in Classlist has been renamed to “Email Classlist” to better reflect the corresponding action.
- Evaluate Empty Submission: It is now possible to evaluate a student from Dropbox even if no submission was made to the dropbox folder.
- Role Switch Added: The Role Switch functionality has been placed in the profile drop-down menu in the Minibar.
- Integrated Dropbox Functionality: Now students submitting to a dropbox folder from the Content Tool can access the dropbox folder’s evaluation rubrics before submission, and also access completed rubrics after their evaluations are published.
I still have gargantuan readers from my two favorite undergraduate courses. These monsters were painstakingly pieced together, article by article. Articles must have been added each year the class was taught, articles taken away as they became less relevant (hopefully), and of course, every contributing author was contacted and a price paid for the inclusion of their work and deservedly so—these beasts were over $90 bucks in in 1999!
As I set out to teach my first course last fall, I also painstakingly pieced together my reader, but this one’s all digital. Videos, articles, and audio files from open educational resources (OER)—if I could find them. I relied on my own creations when Internet searches came up short: videos made with Camtasia or sound files saved on SoundCloud. Publishers definitely have enticing offers for educators in almost any subject but consider taking a look at OER resources before you send that textbook order to the bookstore:
The resources above are “open” but perhaps you would like to use copyrighted materials. For these, you may want to become familiar with fair use guidelines and the Teach Act. If you are using the copyrighted material for your class, it’s usually ok if you are:
- not making money off it
- limiting the time students have to access it
- only allowing enrolled students to see it
- using only a portion (e.g., 10% of videos, 10% of original text, 10% of original music, up to 5 images from 1 artist)
If you are using more than those shares, attempt to find the rightful owner and ask permission.
The D2L Assignment Grader App is now working with our D2L!
You can find it in the App Store or here:
Download it and check out the how-to guide from Greg’s Desires2Blog post
You are cordially invited to present at the Los Rios Innovate! 2014 conference on May 22 and 23. This year the conference will be held at the Winn Center at Cosumnes River College. Last year at ARC more than two hundred people from all four Los Rios colleges and the district office came together to learn about innovative technology tools and approaches being used by their colleagues. Don’t miss this opportunity to share with others the innovative ways you use technology.
Last year’s presentations included the following:
- “Online vs. On-ground: Why You Should Reinvent the Wheel” by Jena Bills from Cosumnes River College
- “Using Google Docs to Articulate with High Schools” by Randy Schuster from American River College
- “The Magic of Flipping Chemistry” by Dianne Bennett, Jim Hill, and Alexander Sylvia from Sacramento City College
- “All Together Now: Enabling College-wide Collaboration for Student Success in Online Classes” by Dipali Buch from Folsom Lake College
- “@ONE: Technology Training Services for You” by Micah Orloff from @ONE
Faculty, staff, and administrators are all encouraged to submit presentation proposals via the online form at http://innovate.losrios.edu. The registration fee is waived for presenters.
This year in conjunction with CRC’s Sustainability Committee, we have the goal of making Innovate! 2014 a zero-waste event. For presenters, this means we hope you will provide any resources to your attendees in electronic form and reduce or eliminate paper handouts. The Innovate! web site will be able to host any materials you wish to make available.
We look forward to reading your proposal.
The Los Rios Innovate! 2014 Planning Committee
Gregory Beyrer (CRC) | Marsha Reske (ARC) | Zack Dowell (FLC) | Daniel Gilbert-Valencia and Jory Hadsell (SCC)
SCC has it’s very own small learning community for educators interested in tech and online learning. Please join us in the Cove and become acquainted with your cohort as we begin this group journey to achieve the Online Teaching Certification. Expect tea, cookies, and more information. We are looking forward to learning with you all!
Where: The COVE
When: Friday, Feb 21 @ 2PM-3PM