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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.

Grading

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.

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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

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Greetings:

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.

Sincerely,

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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