Wednesday, January 8, 2014

D2L upgrade rescheduled for Jan. 15-16

The D2L upgrade to version 10.1 originally scheduled for Jan. 8-9 has been rescheduled for Jan. 15-16. To accomplish the upgrade, a complete D2L outage will take place from 10 p.m. Jan. 15 through 10 a.m. Jan. 16. The upgrade will include extensive redesigns of the content and user progress tools as well as enhancements to the dropbox and discussion tools. Faculty and staff are invited to join D2L administrators for demos of version 10.1 in January — with practice time available. Those interested in participating in a demo session may register online. Text and video documentation will be available soon.

The D2L upgrade will feature the following:
  • One content interface that is editable for instructors and read-only for students.
  • Easier editing. Edit-in-place capability with an upgraded HTML editor and an improved bulk edit feature reduces clicks to accomplish tasks. A drag-and-drop functionality helps to re-order modules and topics.
  • New course overview feature for an introduction to course concepts.
  • New module description feature to introduce unit concepts.
  • User progress redesign. A redesigned user progress dashboard includes more data with graphical information.
  • A new class progress dashboard provides instructors with data and graphics about the progress of the class as a whole.
  • Dropbox due date. Instructors may set a folder due date independent of start/end dates when creating dropboxes to communicate more clearly when dropbox submissions are due.
For more information, contact Roxie Muldoon at or 715-836-2700; or Gene Leisz at or 715-836-6004.