Managing large courses with multiple sections shouldn't be an administrative headache. Desire2Learn Learning Environment supports the management of multiple sections within a single course, where instructors can provide different due dates, different content and even different assessments to make this process as streamlined as possible.
Every educator knows there are situations where learners need extensions or different windows in which to complete assessments. Desire2Learn Learning Environment ensures you don't have to go through the hassle of creating additional assignments to accommodate this need.
Desire2Learn Learning Environment anticipates that different programs have different needs and can accommodate linear, performance, enrollment date, selection and time-based learning paths. This ensures that learners are not required to follow a one-size-fits-all model.
Not all uses of a learning environment are course-based. Institutions can add, subtract and rename tools to accommodate alternate uses of a course space for communities of practice, staff workgroups and community engagement initiatives.
Drag and drop content in any course tool such as quizzes & discussions to create a complete picture of course content and activities. Using the same tool, drag to align learning outcomes and easily track learner progress.
Use as part of semester start-up to minimize repeated tasks for recurring events. View, edit and off-set the date availability and set the Calendar status of various course objects in one quick process.
Import course packages and SCORM courses, or export your course for sharing with other faculty. Copy entire courses or components of each. Export question libraries or even rubrics for sharing. A quick copy process at the beginning of each session ensures that your previous course is cloned.
Create your own templates, navbar layouts and unique widgets to customize your course.
Easily embed photos from Flickr® or videos from YouTube. Extensible widget framework allows dynamic information from external sources such as libraries, Twitter, RSS feeds, and more.
Instructors want to see what the learner sees because of the many conditions, and notification variables. They want to know that the learner has received the message/assignment/quiz, or be able to support a learner who is experiencing difficulty locating these. With our role switch and impersonation functions this can be easily managed.
More than just date or completion controlled, our release conditions allow instructors to develop custom learning paths for individuals and groups. Choose from conditions such as performance on an objective or assessment, activity in a tool such as discussion or checklist, or inclusion in a specific group or course. For ultimate flexibility, combine conditions such as "Belongs to section 2" AND "completed module 1"!
Hide and reveal entire modules or individual content items at any time during the course. Whether alternate content is presented in different sessions, content is still under development, or you want to ensure learners aren't overwhelmed with content, you have the ability to make decisions in the best interest of your learners while keeping their attention where it belongs.
Since Desire2Learn is the designer of this viewer, you can be assured you'll never lose access to the functionality and your documents will never be sent to a third party viewer. Preview learner submissions while providing feedback or scoring by rubric, online or offline.
In addition to full media support and randomization of questions, Desire2Learn Learning Environment makes it easy to re-use and share quizzes and questions with others. Save and copy existing quiz questions to use as a template for additional questions. Didn't use the question library? No problem, you can copy existing questions back to the library for re-use, and export these to share with colleagues. Adding media to your Quiz questions? Use the files you've already uploaded to your course, or grab some from the Desire2Learn Learning Repository.
Learner assessment encompasses the formative, summative and anecdotal information collected both on-and off-line. Desire2Learn Learning Environment makes it easy to add custom grade or text items to the Gradebook and keep track of information that's critical to your assessment process. Hide and re-order items to customize the learner and instructor view of the Gradebook and experience the flexibility that custom calculated items provide. Robust integration tools give instructors 1-click ability to export grades to the SIS - no more messy transcription errors.
Through the use of a dedicated attendance tool, instructors can track and communicate attendance expectations.
Using a computer or tablet, instructors can take attendance, make comments and track class participation through a visual seating chart, easily identifying areas of concern.
Whether you are reading, responding or assessing discussions, your ability to view what needs your attention in an optimal format is crucial. Notifications to your phone or preferred email account, and access through mobile web, keep you connected to the conversation even when you are not at your computer.
Much more than a list of due dates, Desire2Learn Learning Environment Calendar is a critical organization tool. As such, users can select their own colors to represent courses and view their schedule in day, week, month, list or agenda format. With support for recurring and multi-day events, instructors can choose to link directly to course content and resources and distinguish between events and due dates. All users can enter and manage their own personal task lists.
Learners and instructors can bridge their internal and external learning networks through integration of Twitter, Facebook and Google+ profiles.
Organize and manage calendar events, Google Docs™ programs and unread email. Instructors and learners can use Google Docs programs as a source for submitting files to Desire2Learn.
Quickly find other users who are currently online and send private messages. This feature minimizes the amount of email you receive, and enables learners to communicate quickly with peers. Instant messaging can be turned off when learners are taking an online quiz.
Purposeful notifications tell learners what needs their attention, and informs them of feedback and assessment. An opt-in approach to class communication notifications prevents learners from having to filter important information from a fire hose of course activity. Whether they prefer email, text messages or RSS they can always stay up-to-date on the assignment dates, quizzes, discussions, news, and more.
Much more than a storage location for assignments, the deep integration between Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Desire2Learn ePortfolio captures the learning journey, enabling the submission of ePortfolio items to the Learning Environment, and the capture of assessments and their feedback. With peer review, commenting and feedback via rubric, themed presentations can be shared as broadly as needed – with individuals, groups, or the public.
Instructors can make use of learning resources stored in the Learning Repository and embed them directly in many of the Learning Environment tools including News, Content, Discussions and Quizzes. Resources can be created locally or draw on aggregated materials from a number of sources including open educational resources, learning object repositories and other libraries, all available through a single search interface.
Synchronous distance learning and collaboration on course work is achieved using our integrations with third party synchronous tools. This can include real-time virtual classrooms with two-way voice, multipoint video, interactive whiteboard, application sharing, file transfer, breakout rooms, and more. Additionally, Desire2Learn LiveRoom, and the integrated Chat tool are popular solutions for clients who want a simple and straightforward synchronous solution.
Enhanced communication channels through the recent Kaltura, Inc. partnership enable instructors and learners to easily record video from their webcam and embed or attach it into areas such as news, discussions, assignment submissions, or as Desire2Learn ePortfolio artifacts.
The Insert Stuff™ plug-in enables users to easily search their Kaltura™ media management solution, select, preview and insert media of all types from all kinds of public and private sources such as video, audio, and Open Educational Resources (OERs), into their html content.
Not only the first to be recertified as NFB Gold, we go beyond Section 508 to support WAI guidelines as our guiding accessibility principles and best practices. Our focus is not just on our system being accessible, but also helping our clients build accessible content and systems. Our approach supports non-disclosure of disability, individualization, and inclusion rather than accommodation.