Desire2Learn is the recommended learning management system used to
support and enhance the delivery of courses at MSU Moorhead.
For login assistance, contact the IT Helpdesk.
Note: Enter your DragonNet username and password when prompted to open the form.
Are you a new faculty member to MSUM? Or, have you always taught face-to-face classes but are interested in hosting all or part of your course content online? If so, review the following steps to get started.
Request your Teacher account and development course on Desire2Learn using the D2L Development Course Request Form. The request form is located on the D2L Request Forms page. You can request a 'devel' course for each of your courses.
The 'devel' course is used as your work area and course archive. Students are not enrolled in your 'devel' course.
Request your course shells for the coming semester using the CourseCreator Form. The request form is located on the D2L Request Forms page.
The D2L course shell will be loaded with your student classlist within 24 days of the first day of the semester. The course shell is where you host your class during the semester.
Refer to the tutorials on the Faculty tab for instructions on using D2L.
The current Assessment tools are:
Learn how to mark and keep track of your student's attendance and make useful attendance registers with the Attendance Tutorial.
Learn how to view, create, and edit events for students to keep track of with the Calendar Tutorial.
Learn how to use the Chat tool for easy collaboration of information with the Chat Tutorial.
Learn how to use the Checklist Tool to create and manage checklists that students can view and complete with the Checklist Tutorial.
The course Classlist shows all people enrolled in the course. Here you can email students, check enrollment statistics, and page students. View the Classlist Tutorial to learn more.
Communication Tools include:
The competency tool allows you to create and view expected learning outcomes with competencies, learning objectives, and learning activities. To learn more, view the Competencies Tutorial.
The new Content page in D2L allows you to add documents easily from your computer's desktop and move items around on the screen. Review the following tutorials to learn how to add and maintain content for your course.
Table of Contents
Add New Modules
Add New Topics:
More Actions button:
Editing Modules and Topics
Drag and Drop New Content
Adding YouTube Videos to your Course
This section will provide tutorials on the following topics:
Course Offering Information:
Use the instructions in the following tutorial to copy content from one course to another.
Copy Course Components
This section contains tutorials on the following topics:
The Discussions tutorial will help you create and manage discussions for your students to participate in. With discussions, you can share text, images, videos, and audio recordings. To learn how to use discussions and how to create audio recordings, view the tutorials below.
Use the Dropbox to provide your students a way to submit their papers and other assignments in digital format. Use this for Word, Excel, images, and other files that typically are 40 mb and smaller. To attach an audio clip recorded directly from the D2L window, please also view our recording audio tutorial.
Note: For large multimedia assignments such as narrated PowerPoint, video, audio, and so on, refer to Multimedia: Student Assignments for suggestions.
The Edit Course page has all D2L tools on one page for easy access. View the Edit Course Tutorial to learn how to locate and use it.
The Email Tool allows you to easily communicate with your students and any other contact you have in your D2L Address Book. View the Email Tutorial to learn more.
Use the following tutorials to learn how to set up and use the Gradebook.
The Groups tool allows you to create groups that allow certain students to collaborate in class projects such as Discussions, Dropboxes, etc.
The HTML Editor is what you use when you create new documents and edit text/items in any of your items in content. View the HTML Editor Tutorial to learn more.
If you want to Import, Export, or Copy course components to or from another course, view the Import / Export / Copy Components tutorial to see how.
Import / Export / Copy Components
Intelligent Agents monitor the activity of your course such as Login Activity and Release conditions. View the tutorial to learn more.
The Locker is your own personal storage area within D2L that you can use to store files. Upload files just like with Google Drive or Dropbox. View the tutorial to learn more.
The Manage Dates tool allows you to look at all objects in your course that can have a start/end or due date. View the tutorial to learn more.
The Manage Files tool allows you to upload, create, organize, copy, and paste files uploaded to your D2L course folder. To learn more, view the Manage Files Tutorial.
The Materials Tools menu includes the following options:
The Notifications tutorial helps you learn how to keep track of new messages, updates, and subscriptions with the Notifications tool. Click the link below to learn more.
The News Tool allows you to show news messages on your course home screen to be easily viewed by students. With the News tool, you can add text, images, videos, and audio recordings (tutorial below). View the News Tutorial to learn more.
The Pager tool allows you to send quick 'text' messages to students or any other member of your learning environment. View the tutorial to learn more.
Using the Question Library is an easy way to add and edit questions you can use in your quizzes, surveys, and self assessments. View the tutorial to learn more.
Use the Quizzes tool in D2L to provide web-based exams for your course.
In this area, indicate the various courses of questions, using Respondus, test banks, etc.
Use the following tutorials for step-by-step information:
The Resources menu contains the following tools:
Learn how to create rubrics for grading student assignments with the Rubrics Tutorial.
The Self Assessments tool allows you to create assessments that do not keep track of student's responses. View the tutorial to learn more.
The Surveys tool can help you improve your course and receive feedback from your students about your course. Surveys are completely anonymous. To learn more, view the tutorial.
The User Progress Tool allows you to check statistics and details of almost all features in D2L for each student. Keep track of attendance, grade percentages, log in amounts, viewed content, etc. View the tutorial to learn more.
To learn how to get up and going with D2L, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to view and edit calendar items and tasks, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use chat and all of its features, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to view and use the D2L checklist, please view our tutorial.
To learn how to use and view the course classlist, please view our tutorial.
To learn about D2L's content page and how to use it, please view our tutorial.
To learn more about the discussion feature in D2L, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use dropbox and all of its features, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use the email feature inside of D2L, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use and view the grade page in D2L, please view our tutorial.
If you need help learning what purpose groups serve in a course, or to learn more about group collaboration, please view our tutorial.
The HTML editor is what is used when you create a document and write posts inside the D2L window. To learn more, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use the online storage feature in D2L, please view our tutorials.
The Materials menu contains the following options:
To learn how to submit larger media assignments for a course, please view our tutorial.
To learn what notifications are, and how they are used in D2L, please view our tutorial.
To learn how to view, dismiss, and edit your news feed, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to use the pager tool in D2L, please view our tutorials.
To learn how to make changes to your profile please view our profile tutorial.
To learn more about quizzes in D2L, please view our tutorials.
The Resources Tools menu holds the Help Menu and the D2L Helpdesk. If you need to learn more about D2L or get assistance with something such as a missing password, please view our tutorials.
To learn what a self assessment is in D2L and how to take them, please view our tutorial.
To learn more about surveys, please view our survey tutorial.
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