Desire2Learn/D2L – Student Video Training


Hello everyone. Welcome to Horry Georgetown
Technical College’s D2L Webinar. The Student information Center: WaveNet Central department
has created this webinar to help students become more familiar with the D2L course management
system. D2L is also known as Desire2Learn and is used for online courses as well as
on campus face-to-face courses. D2L is a very friendly user site and anytime you have a
question about D2L please know that you can come by or contact the Student Information
Center: WaveNet Central on any of our three campus location at Conway, Grandstand or Georgetown.
The first thing that you will need to do as a brand new student is to go to the website
www.hgtc.edu. Once you have gone to the hgtc website, in the upper right hand corner you
will see a myWaveNet icon. Click on this icon to login to your WaveNet account. If you do
not have your WaveNet account, please come by and come see us in the Student Information
Center: WaveNet Central. If you forgot your WaveNet user name or password, please also
contact our help desk or Student Information Center: WaveNet Central on any campus. Once
you login to your WaveNet account, you will click on the My Student tab. Once the my student
tab loads you will see a section called My Courses in the upper left hand corner and
a link that says “click here to access D2L or Course Studio”. Go ahead and click on that
link. Under “Courses I’m attending:” you will see a list of courses that you are attending
for the given semester. If for some reason you are a retuning student and you do not
see your courses listed please make sure the appropriate term is selected in the term drop
down menu above the screen. As a demo account, this student is not enrolled in any courses
so were going to go ahead and navigate to D2L as if we have clicked on our course.
Now we have our D2L course page listing, this is opened up in a new window for us. So let’s
go ahead and begin our workshop on Desire2Learn also known as D2L. You can see as an individual
that you will have a “My Home” button in the upper left hand corner as well as a option
to select a course in the drop down menu. This is important because this is how you
can navigate to and from different courses as you are logged in to the D2L. You may also
come to the “My Home” page and click on a course under the listing of my courses widget
you can see the list of the current courses that are available to us now.
You will also see under the “My Home” page, a news widget or college wide news, as well
as the my course widget we just spoke about, and a calendar widget which you can find information
about what’s happening in your courses here in your calendar widget.
So let’s go ahead and navigate to a course that you may be enrolled in. I am going to
go ahead and navigate to the yellow navigation bar to click on the drop down menu to select
a course, let’s go ahead and click on a course. For the purposes of this training please do
not worry about the hangout section down below or the roll switch here you will not have
these two widgets. You will see under the home page for your course that you selected
in the drop down menu you have a updates widget, a news widget, a calendar widget, and a bookmarks
widget. Again, you do not have role switch or hangout so please ignore those two fields.
In the updates widget you can get specific information about what your instructor has
provided to you or assignments or quizzes that are available to you or emails that maybe
available to you that you have not read yet, so its important to know that this update
widget is helpful information to help you find information that you have not read yet
that the instructor has added or that the instructor needs you to view immediately.
Under the news widget, you can see a welcome message from the instructor depending on the
needs of the course and the needs of the instructor you may or may not use this news widget regularly,
please pay attention to both the updates widget and the news widget regularly in case your
instructors communicate to you. The calendar widget is available to help show you when
the current assignments or quizzes are due. So this is an important tool that you can
use. The bookmarks widget is something that you can use as well and we will talk about
later in the presentation: where you could go through the content area or drop box and
bookmark something that you may need to go back to. So this is the homepage of your course
you can see that we covered the yellow navigation bar and how to switch courses, we’ve also
talked about the home page of your course and you can see that in the homepage of the
course you also have additional navigational tools at the top of the page course home which
is where we are right now, content, assignments, communications and tools.
If you click on course home we will stay on the same page that we are currently on. If
we click on content you can go to the table of contents for which your instructor has
prepared for you. In the table of contents you will see a variety of documents, assignments
or instructions that your professor has provide to you in order to complete the course successfully.
If you have read though a certain area you will see a check mark but that doesn’t mean
you can’t come back to this welcome page and reread the items that are listed here, if
you do not see a check mark on these item below that means you have not read them yet.
So let’s go ahead and take a look at the syllabus. In order to view anything in the content area
click on the link of the item presented. This will open up to a page where you can view
the syllabus or document. You can also use these tools in the bottom left hand corner
to zoom in or to zoom out depending on your preference for viewing the document. You can
also choose to fit the document to the width of the page. You can use the arrows for going
up to a previous page or going down to the next page. You can view this as text as well
and you can also choose to download this to your personal flash drive or your personal
computer. If you would like to view the next document
in your table of contents you can choose to use the next arrow up at the top of the page.
You can also choose this icon to view your syllabus or any other document in a new window.
In this icon that looks like a bookmark is where you can tag your syllabus or other documents
and bookmark it to your course homepage. As you can see the bookmark was added successfully
and you can click the X to close this dialogue box. You can now navigate back to the course
home page as you can see now that we have a bookmark listed for our syllabus. If you
have any questions about viewing the content in your D2L course, please come by and see
a staff member in the Student Information Center.
So let’s go to the next section: assignments, we clicked on the drop down arrow next to
the word assignments, you will see that there are a series or categories listed here: discussions,
drop box, quizzes and more. The three primary tools that you will use in assignments will
be the first three: the discussions, drop box and quizzes. Instructors may or may not
use the remaining tools, so let’s go to discussions. On the discussions list page, you will see
a series of questions that your instructor may ask you to answer. For example this one
says, “Do you like using new technologies? Explain your experience using new technologies
D2L, iPad, nooks or other?” In order to answer this question click on the topic. As you can
see the question is still listed at the top of the page; in order to respond to this question
we will need to click on the option that says “start a new thread”. At the top of the page
you will see the cursor is blinking in what we call a subject field.
In the next section you can click inside this text box and type your answer to the question.
Remember that this is the subject field, and the next field is where you will like to answer
the question. A soon as you have completed your response scroll down to the bottom of
the page and click “Post”. Oftentimes, instructors will require you to answer discussions board
post please remember to start a new thread for each question that you need to answer
in order to receive the credit. Oftentimes, professors may require you to respond to other
peers in the classroom and in order to do so you will need to click on someone’s response
to the question. So let’s go ahead and click on Jenifer’s. Jenifer says “I like using new
technologies because…” We can respond to hers by clicking “Reply to Thread.” Of course,
once you complete your response to your peer’s post, you can go ahead and click “Post” so
that is how you reply to your peers. You can see that we have a bread trail at that top
of the page and we can click on discussions list to get back to the homepage to get back
to the discussions. You will see that there is a total of two threads that have been created
and four posts. If you would like to go back into that topic to see what has been discussed
simply click on the topic and there are a total of two posts and two replies to this
one topic. If you have any questions about using the discussions board please come by
and see your Student Information Center staff. Now that we’ve talked about discussions, lets
go to Drop Box. Drop Box is the tool that you will use to submit your homework. Oftentimes,
your professor may or may not include a series of direction for you to do so in the table
of contents using the content tool or in the assignment drop box folder. So let’s click
on assignment one. Over here where it says assignment one you may have additional assignments
instructions listed. Remember, that in order to submit your file you’re going to need to
search for the file first by clicking “Add a file” here. On the left hand side you can
choose to add a file from your personal computer, from your locker in D2L which we will talk
about more later, or a group locker that you may share with your peers in D2L. From your
personal computer this is the easiest way to access your flash drive or any personal
files on your computer. Go ahead and click upload. If you need to go to the flash drive
that you have on your computer, you will want to navigate to the computer section and then
click on your flash drive. For the purposes of this training you will need to click on
your documents section and we are going to go ahead and click on a document that we have
available. Then we are going to click on add. You will see that the document is now available
and the source that it came from your computer and you’re ready to submit your homework.
Please pay close attention to the start date and the due date for each assignment. After
you click submit, you can go back to the submissions column and take a look at your submission
for a second time just to double check and make sure that you have submitted everything
correctly. Click on the number and you can see all of the documents that you have clicked
and added and submitted for this particular homework assignment. Go ahead and click on
it to double check your submission history. So let’s go ahead and go back to our folder
list. So, we know how to submit assignments, by going into the assignment folder. We also
know how to check our submission history again please pay CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE DUE DATE
for each assignment. Let’s go to the quizzes section. The quizzes
section is a section that will provide you the opportunity to take quizzes and respond
to syllabus quiz, or textbook quizzes that your professor has provided. On occasion,
your professor may require you to go to the testing center before taking your quiz, so
please keep that in mind before you go to the quiz section. Make sure that you verify
though the syllabus or with your professor if you are able to take this quiz at home
or do you have to schedule it in the testing center.
So let’s go ahead and click on a quiz. Textbook Chapter 1 Quiz. It will tell you the current
time of the day that it is now, it will verify your name, it will verify the begin period,
and will also let you know if there is a limited amount of time to complete the quiz. When
your instructor makes the quiz available you will see a START QUIZ button in the upper
right hand corner. We have discussed discussions, drop box, and quizzes under the assignments
tool. If you have any questions at all about using these three tools please come by and
see us in the Student Information Center. Now we can go to the communication tools,
this also has a drop down menu. In the communications tool, depending on your professors needs,
they may or may not use the email, news or chat. So let’s go ahead and take a look at
email. Please note that you have 2 email accounts your first email account and your most important
is your wavenet email. That is a separate email account that you can only access by
logging into your WaveNet account. Your D2L email is also available to you. Please make
sure that you communicate with your instructor to see which method will be the best to communicate
with them. They may require you to use WaveNet or D2L email.
As you can see here we have one email in our box that we have not read. We also have an
email in our drafts folder and 2 emails for an English 101 course folder. So let’s go
ahead and take a look at the inbox. In order to read an email go ahead and click on the
subject of that email and that email will open up in a message preview window at the
bottom of the page. You can scroll down that page to see the message. In order to make
sure that the email has been marked as “read” go ahead and click the more options and then
click “mark read.” It will change the bold email to be unbold which signifies that you
have read the email. You may also move this email to a course folder.
If you find that you want to file it away in a particular course. If you would like
to create a new folder for a new course you can click on folder management, click new
folder and make a new title for the folder for that course, then click save. Now, there
is a new folder where you can save emails. Using the bread crumbs trail at the top click
on message list to get back to our inbox. In order to compose a new email, click on
compose button at the top of the page. This will open in a new window where you can type
in an email address and a subject and also the email message then click on send at the
top of the page. I will show you later in the presentation a much easier way to send
emails. You can always come back to the communications tool to check your emails here. We also can
reply to an email by clicking on the message that we have on our inbox and click on the
reply button in the message preview window. This will open up a new email where it has
in the email address the subject and you can type your response to that email. Once you
are ready you can click “send’ to send the message. If you have any questions about using
the communications tools, please come by the Student Information Center. The next two tools
are news and chat these two tools may or may not be used by your instructor or professor.
We will not cover these tools in the session today. The last section we are going to cover
today is the tools section. If you click on the dropdown menu you will see that there
are several things listed here. The attendance and grades are view-only. If you would like
to view the attendance for the class your professor will post that attendance here.
Depending on the professor needs, he or she may or may not use the attendance tool. The
grades tool is very similar; your professor may or may not use the grades tools. If they
do this is a view-only screen where you can view your current status or your grade in
this course. Under tools you also have the class list. The class list tool is a great
option to send emails to students or to your instructor. Simply check the name next to
the person that you will like to send an email to and click the email icon at the top of
the page. This will open a new window so that you can have the email address automatically
entered in the TO field. You can type your subject and in the message/body field, type
your message, and then click send. Then it will give you and icon that it was sent successfully.
That’s the easiest way to send emails to anyone in your class including your instructor. Also
under the tools you can check you calendar. This is a great tool that your professor may
use to let you know about due dates as well as quizzes that have been made available and
other information as well. You can use the calendar tool to add events for yourself,
so if you would like to create an event for planning study time, you can do that. We are
going to study Friday the 16th from 12:30pm until 2:30pm. You can edit the day and the
time at the bottom of the page. Now if you click on the 16th on the calendar you will
see that you have created a event on that date. So not only can your professor or instructor
use this tool to help you know when due dates are coming up you can use this tool to schedule
your own events or times to complete your assignments. You can also view the calendar
in a different format at the top of the page. If you can to view by month or by list, you
can do so or list or so on or so forth. In order to travel to a different day simply
click on calendar tool on the right hand side and choose the date. Also under tools, we
have a check list, Frequently Asked questions, and Glossery: these three tools are infrequently
used and they may or may not be used by your professor. If you have any questions please
come and see us in the Student Information Center. The last tools that I am going to
share with you today is the Locker tool. This is a really neat tool that you can use. Under
tools click locker, you can create a variety of folders such as I have done here by clicking
new folder for each course that you have. This way anytime you work on a library computer
or another computer on campus, if you forget your flash drive you can use the locker as
a place to store your work. So let’s say we have typed up a lab report for our BIO 101
course and this is where we need to upload it to. We’ve worked on the library computers
and this is where we can go to upload the file. So click on upload search on the computer
for that particular file that you will want to upload and click on save. Now we can click
on return to parent folder if we would like to do the same thing for any of our other
course listed. Let’s say we need to go back to our folder at home and we want to download
the work that we have worked on to continue working on the assignment. Just come back
to your locker, click on your course folder, and click on the document that you uploaded
earlier that day. It will ask you to open it or download it. You can click download
or click on the box next to the document and click download and download it to your computer
to continue working on. Remember to upload the new document once you have that finished.
Under our bread crumb trail we are going to click on my locker to go back to where we
started. Again if you have any questions about the locker tool as your virtual flash drive
, please come and see us in the Student Information Center. Now let’s say we are done using D2L
for today. The last thing that we will need to do when using D2L is to remember to logout.
Please remember to go to your home page or the course homepage and remember to logout
of your D2L account. This ensures that no other student has access to your account and
the progress that you have completed in your courses. Please remember to also do the same
thing for your WaveNet account. Once you are finished using WaveNet, please remember to
log out! Thank you so much for attending our D2L webinar today and again if you have any
questions you know where to come. Visit us in the Student Information Center, live chat
with us online, visit us on Facebook or call us if you have any questions. Thank you for
attending and have a wonderful day.

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