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Pearson’s MML Widget now available in D2L

Keep reading to learn how to use the new MyMathLab (MML) widget.

The MML D2L widget provides:

(1) a single sign-on with the unified w-ID and password
(2) automatic synching of students
(3) the ability to pull grades back from Pearson into the D2L gradebook (under your specification and control)

Please note, you are advised to wait until you have the MML widget to request a MML class with Pearson. According to district IT, this is the only way to merge MML with the D2L classlist. If you have already requested a MML class directly through Pearson and want to use the D2L widget, you will need to request a class again through the widget.

Widget Instructions

Go into D2L course.

1. Scroll to bottom of page and click on Pencil icon (lower right corner). If you can’t find the pencil icon click Edit Course| Homepages | and click your active homepage (blue text)
Image of the pencil icon

2. Click Add Widgets
Add widgets button

3. Check the box next to Pearson MyLab and click save
Image showing box to be checked

4. Click Save and Close
Image of Save and Close button

5. Click Course Home to get to your course homepage. Scroll down to see the Pearson widget. Click Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering (Grey Text) to set up MML.
Pearson Widget

NOTE: If you click on Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering and nothing happens you will need to disable your pop-up blocker

Firefox Example:

popup blocker warning in Firefox 

Chrome Example:

Popup blocker warning in Chrome

Free Web Accessibility MOOC (SCC instructors/staff)

SCC is a member of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) therefore you qualify for the course below. This will fill up quickly and Begins March 30th, 2015.

Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators (WAMOE)
Register to Attend!
March 30, 2015 Start Date
ITC is collaborating with Portland Community College and  to bring a free MOOC to ITC members and the online education community.

The Web Accessibility MOOC for Online Educators, WAMOE is now open for registration and is set to begin on Monday, March 30, 2015.

WAMOE is facilitated by Karen Sorensen, accessibility advocate at  Portland Community College, and Barry Dahl, senior community manager at D2L.

Registration is open to employees at ITC member institutions and attendees at ITC’s eLearning 2015 conference (held Feb. 18-21, 2015 in Las Vegas). Other interested individuals may apply on a space-available basis.

The MOOC is geared toward those who teach and support online courses, including instructional designers, instructional technologists, and accessibility coordinators. Most of the course is designed to be activity-based learning about making online course components more accessible.  The major course goals are as follows:

  • Goal 1: Build the personal knowledge base in Web accessibility for each participant
  • Goal 2: Create Accessible Photo Images, Diagrams, and Charts for Online Courses
  • Goal 3: Create Accessible Audio and Video for Online Courses
  • Goal 4: Create Accessible HTML Content for Online Courses
  • Goal 5: Create Accessible Course Content in Other Formats

This second offering of WAMOE will be limited to 500 registrants. In October 2014, more than 1,500 participants registered for the first offering of WAMOE. Here is what some of the WAMOE certificate holders had to say:

Testimonial #1: “This course was extremely well run and the communications were timely and informative. I can’t think of anything to improve! Great job andPLEASE OFFER IT AGAIN!! I have told many people about this MOOC and how beneficial it was, personally and professionally. THANK YOU for a job well done!”

Testimonial #2: “This course was incredibly informative. I learned so much that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. I really encourage you to offer it again, it was the best professional development opportunity I have ever had. I greatly appreciated Barry’s active participation in my discussion posts, and follow up on questions I posed about particular aspects of the activity.”

Testimonial #3: “The course was very well done. I appreciated the level of detail, and the consideration this was intended for working individuals who might not have had a great deal of time to devote to it. The module level outcomes were well done. Karen’s presence was evident in the material. I think her position is an emerging role. It was also obvious she looked at accessibility through a web developers eyes.

Are my online students participating?

This guide will help you use D2L to assess student engagement in your distance education course.

(Step 1) Start by logging into D2L and clicking on a course.

(Step 2) On the “Course Home Page” in the “Links for Instructors Only” box, click on “Class Progress Dashboard.”

this is a screenshot of the Links for Instructors Only widget in D2L. The Student Tracking Column contains the Class Progress Dashboard.

(Step 3) Click on a student name to view that student’s total interactions with D2L and with your course.

a screenshot of the student name and ID number from the class progress dashboard

(Step 4) Use the links on the left hand column to view specific data about student visits to content, quizzes, and other sections of your course. The login history link will display the date the student last accessed the course.

Screenshot of student user progress. Login History is selected and the user logins over the last 30 days are shown along with the date they last accessed the course.

D2L: Make the classlist visible

Do you want your students to see the classlist and use it to e-mail classmates?

1.  First, click Edit Course.

Edit Course Image

2.  Next, click Navigation & Themes

Course administration image

3.  Do you have a copy of the SCC Navbar on your list? If not, make a copy by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the SCC Navbar. Select copy from the list.

Navbar list

4.  Make the copy your default navbar. Scroll up to Active Navbar and select the copy. Click Apply.

Active Navbar Image

5.  Click on the SCC Navbar – Copy. Click Add Links.

Add Links Image

6.  Check the box by Classlist and click Add

Classlist box image

7.  Classlist should now be listed. Click Save and Close and check your homepage.

Save and Close Image


Using content reports to track student viewing

The Reports tool in Content can show you

  • how many of your students have viewed Content topics
  • how many times they’ve visited them
  • how much time they spent on them

To use reports click on Content:

1. Click the Table of Contents link located in the menu on the left.

2. Click the Related Tools button located near the top of the screen and select View Reports.

Screenshot of D2L content reports

3. Content modules and topics are listed on this screen along with the number of participants that have viewed each topic and the average time spent on each topic. To view specific information for a topic, click the number in the Users Visited column.

 Image of D2L content statistics page

D2L 10.3 Discussion Grading

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.

Screen shot of gradebookGradebook screenshot

Hello Debra.

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.

 Cheers, Barry

Innovate 2014 Logo


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)

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