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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
Recommended by 7 educator(s)
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.
Recommended by 11 educator(s)
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.
Recommended by 9 educator(s)
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.
Recommended by 11 educator(s)
Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: You want to liven up your posts with photos whenever possible, but don't want to go through the process/hard drive waste of downloading them to your computer.
Abstract: You can insert a photo into your post using that photo's URL.
Recommended by 10 educator(s)
Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: You and your students are hooked on Google docs as a great collaborative tool. How do they quickly and easily get to docs from the platform?
Abstract: Insert a URL for a doc that students need to work on. Though the video doesn't discuss it, remember that you may need to include a link for EACH group's doc in your post.
Recommended by 10 educator(s)
Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: Students have collaborated on a great Google doc and need to submit it for feedback. Where should they do so? (Note: this video does not discuss group dropboxes, the most useful tool for this scenario. The video only covers individual dropboxes as it was made in a test course without students and hence no groups. See later video on how to create groups, then try the same steps here once groups have been created and you can select them...)
Abstract: Creating a dropbox gives students a space to submit assignments. Dropboxes can link directly to a gradebook; D2L notifies you of unread submissions. You can also email all users who haven't submitted anything after quickly scanning for missed items.
Recommended by 10 educator(s)
Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
Problem: You have a great series of news items, but don't want to clog up your front page. You also want students to be able to quickly have access to past lessons. And at some point you want to be able to export all of your custom content to another space, or preserve it for next year.
Abstract: Copy your news items and past them into the content outline, the backbone of your course. This is CRITICAL for saving your work for next year as D2L will preserve your content but NOT your news items.
Recommended by 8 educator(s)
Author: Mike Wolking from iLearnNYC
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