Desire2Learn

Problem: How can you import content from a Google Site into the NYCDOE's Desire 2 Learn platform?
Abstract: Though imperfect, there's an open source tool called Google Sites Liberation that will export all the HTML content and files from a Google Site into a hierarchical web folder. Zip this folder, upload it to course files, and push it out as content!
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Problem: Regents exams dating back to the 1890s are available for free at the NYSED website, but copying the questions into an online learning system like D2L is a bit of a nightmare. Nevertheless the power of autograding and conditional releases based on diagnostics would make a Regents question bank VERY desirable indeed!
Abstract: There are a number of teacher-led crowdsourcing projects that have produced Regents question banks compatible with the software ExamView, which happens to export in file formats that can be easily ingested into D2L. Watch the screencast to learn how!
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Problem: Authoring equations in digital documents, especially in web-based environments, is notoriously painful and slow...
Abstract: With a Bamboo tablet, Windows 7 Math Input Panel, and MathType you can hand write all your equations directly into typeset, insert then in Word, and use your clipboard to copy them into Google Docs and most HTML editors.
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Problem: OK, your school has a ton of licenses to access Discovery and D2L. How do you know where to get started? Even better, how can you use video content to supplement your classroom instruction in an intentional way? You might use the format below to create a weekly out-of-class structure that relies on video, discussions, and quizzes to reinforce instruction and check for understanding.
Abstract: Build weekly videos into your D2L platform that contain 4 items (1) Video (2) Online Discussions (3) Powerpoint highlighting key concepts (4) Short quiz for assessment. Item 1 will come from Discovery or another video, 2-4 can be created within D2L
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: Navigation in D2L can be complex, especially for students used to navigating wikispaces or Google sites that list content in a blog format.
Abstract: Run the front page of your course like a blog, but link out to all the other features that make learning the platform well worth your time.
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: Similar to the first video in this series - how do you make navigation simpler? And how do you get students to keep track of the work they're turning in?
Abstract: News items gives students a daily check of assignments that are due; checklists will allow them to see assignments to be turned and will display items in student calendars
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: How do you ease navigation on your courses's home page?
Abstract: Come up with your own font conventions for headings, assignments, etc. that will allow students to quickly scan your posts.
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: How do you directly embed video to your content or posts in the iLearn platform?
Abstract: "Insert Stuff", a technical term, is a tag you can use to link out to both videos and photos.
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: You're using the iLearn platform for most of your content, but you still love Google forms for student surveys or quick questions. What to do?
Abstract: Embed Google forms straight into your posts using embed code and the "Insert Stuff" tag.
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: You've just created a quiz, discussion, or survey within the iLearn platform. How do you link to it from a front page post?
Abstract: Find the insert quicklink tab, select the category (Quiz, Discussion, etc), then select the item.
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Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
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