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D2L Quick Guide v8.

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© 2007 by Desire2Learn, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contents
™ Supported System, Software & Browser
Configurations
™ Login Information for Students and CBE Staff
™ Technical Assistance for D2L
™ Your Home and Courses
™ Locating Course Content
™ Compile Content for Printing
™ Customizing your Preferences

D2L Tools
™ D2L Email
™ Dropbox
™ Schedule – Events
™ Discussions
™ Taking a Quiz
™ Pager
™ Locker
™ Journal
Updated August 24, 2007
Supported System and Software Configurations
Required Recommended

Operating system Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, 2003, Windows 2003, XP Service
XP, Vista Pack 2
Mac OS X (up to 10.4)
(The new Macintosh© computers using
the Intel-based Microprocessors are
currently not supported.)

Video SVGA monitor Resolution of 1024 x 768 or


Minimum resolution of 800 x 600 greater

Internet speed 56K modem 56K or cable modem, DSL

Sun Java Runtime JRE v1.4.2.x, 1.5.0.x JRE 1.5


Environment (JRE)

Java script Enabled Enabled

Cookies Enabled Enabled

Supported Browsers

Windows IE 6.0* Netscape 7.2 Firefox 1.5

Mac OS X
Netscape 7.2* Firefox 1.5
(up to 10.4)

*Recommended browser

Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0 is not supported at this time by either D2L or CBe-learn.
PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: LOGGING INTO D2L

STUDENTS
Concurrent CBE Students: IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Students who are currently attending a CBE high school If you receive any error messages while using the ‘CBE
(main school) and taking courses with CBe-learn Password Change Tool’ please contact the CBe-learn
Technical Help Desk for assistance at 777-7971 ext.2230
You will login to D2L using your same CBE network (message number only) or cbelearnhelp@cbe.ab.ca and
username and password that you use to login to a include your Name, CBE ID#, and details of the error
computer at school or your CBE mail account. message in your message.

If you do not know what your network password is or have ¾ To change your password: Access the ‘CBE Password
forgotten it you must contact your school’s Email Delegate to have Change Tool’.
your password managed. ¾ Ifyou have forgotten your password: Contact the CBe-
learn Technical Help Desk cbelearnhelp@cbe.ab.ca and
Please note: CBe-learn is not able to assist concurrent students include your name and ID# in your message.
with their CBE network password.

CBe-learn Students ONLY: Concurrent Chinook Learning Services


Students who are not attending a CBE high school and/or Students:
are part of another school board Students who have registered with Chinook FIRST and
taking courses with CBe-learn
You will need to create a CBE network password for
yourself online before you can access D2L. You will use your CBE ID issued to you from Chinook
Follow the instructions below to create your CBE network Learning Services.
password.
Please note: You will not be able to create your CBE network To create your password go to the Student Login
password until the day after you have registered. instructions.

Access the ‘CBE Password Change Tool’


https://d2ldav.cbe.ab.ca/cbelearn
1. Enter your CBE ID# as your ACCOUNT
2. Enter your birth date (yyyymmdd) as your
OLD PASSWORD (no dashes, slashes, or spaces)
3. Enter in a NEW PASSWORD
4. CONFIRM your new password
5. Click on OK
PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: LOGGING INTO D2L

CBE Employees
Please note: CBe-learn is not able to assist CBE employees
You must login into D2L using your CBE network
with their CBE network password.
username and password.

If you have forgotten your CBE network password you will


have to contact the CBE Help Desk at 294-8111 or by email
helpdesk@cbe.ab.ca

If you would like to change your CBE network password you


can access the Password Change Tool from the CBE
Staffroom.
PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Technical Assistance
If you are experiencing technical problems with D2L please Please Note: The CBe-learn Technical Help Desk is not
visit the online technical help desk at able assist CBE employees regarding D2L. All D2L inquiries
http://www.cbelearn.ca/support/tech.html where you will must be sent to Duncan White, Distributed Learning
find solutions to common technical problems relating to D2L. Consultant, Innovative Learning Services,
dgwhite@cbe.ab.ca.
All D2L users are encouraged to visit the online technical
help desk before contacting the technical help desk.

Contact information for assistance with


D2L:
Please include your name, CBE ID#, and detailed information
in your messages.

E-mail
CBe-learn Technical Help Desk cbelearnhelp@cbe.ab.ca

Phone
(403) 777-7971 ext. 2230
This is a message number only.
PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: YOUR HOME AND COURSES

Note The organization and layout of this page may vary


Your Home depending on the preferences set up by your instructor or
organization.
When you first log in to D2L, you are presented with the My Home
page. From this central portal, you can: The navigation bar on the top of the Home page is referred to as
the My Home navigation bar. Depending on how this page has
• View news posted by your instructors or D2L administrators. been set up for you, it may contain commonly used links such as
• Access your courses. Help, Email, Locker, and Logout.

• View information about events. Other areas of your home page may include:

• Update and change your preferences. • A Welcome Box The Welcome area may contain links allowing
you to customize your preferences, input an external email
Navigation Bar address, change your password, and/or create or edit a
News
personal homepage.
• An Updates Section The Updates area displays the number of
new emails and discussion board posts that are available for
you to read. Other updates concerning your course may appear
Welcome here as well.
• Events The information in the Events area is linked to the
Schedule tool. You can use this tool to create and view
personal and organization-wide events.
• News Up and coming events for your organization will be
posted in this area. Check this section on a regular basis to
keep up-to-date on organization-wide news.
• My Courses To access your online courses, click the name of
the course listed in this area.

Updates How do I log in to my home page?


1. Open your browser and type the appropriate URL into the web
Courses address line.
2. Type your username and case-sensitive password in the
appropriate fields in the Login dialog box, and click Login.
Events

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: YOUR HOME AND COURSES

Run a system check

Select the System Check link before you log in to ensure that
your system configurations are correct. This ensures that you will
be able to view all the D2L tools and functions correctly. The
system check includes:
• Display settings
• Browser version and settings

Your Course
Accessing course home pages
My Courses widget
A list of the courses available to you is located in the My Courses
widget on the My Home page.
Locate the course you want in the list, and click the hyperlink to
open the course page. Your Online Course’s main page will open.

Finding a course in the My Courses widget

Scroll down if you don’t see the course name in the My Courses
area on the Home page.
Note If there is more than one course under a heading category,
you may need to click the plus sign "+" next to a category before
you can see the courses inside that category.

Note To return to your My Home page, click the My Home link in


the course navigation bar.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: COURSE CONTENT

About Course Content Viewing Course Content


The Content tool is used to store course content such as the From the Course Content page, click the title link for the course
course syllabus, lecture notes, and readings. View course content content topic you want to open.
by clicking the Content link on your Course Home navigation
bar. The Content page displays.

The Course Content page displays.

Note Access to this area is dependent on the permissions set up


for you by your organization or instructor.
Note Your instructor may have defined a specific learning path
for your course. If this is the case, some content areas will only
be available to you once you have completed prerequisite
sections or assignments.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: COURSE CONTENT

Course Content options


Use the tool bar at the top of a Content page to:

Icon Option Description

Show/Hide TOC Show/Hide the Table of Contents on the left of the


screen.

Unlock this topic Open content frame in a separate window.

Discuss this topic If a discussion has been created on this topic, you will
be taken directly to this discussion.

Get help on this Get help on a topic (currently not in use).


topic

Give feedback on Leave anonymous feedback on a topic.


this topic

Bookmark this Bookmark the current topic so you can come back and
topic view it easily. You can only have one topic per course
bookmarked at a time.

Print this topic Print the current topic.

Previous topic / Navigate back and forth between content topics.


Next topic

Use the Table of Contents menu on the left side of the page to
navigate to related topics.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: COMPILE FOR PRINTING

Compile for printing Once you have selected all of the topics you would like to
display and have clicked the view button the content will be
The compile for printing option allows you to view several displayed in your Internet Browser.
teaching units, or topics within a teaching unit in a single
window. Click the Print icon from your browser’s tool bar and the
content will print.
Accessing compile for print
Note: Images may print or they may not depending on how
the instructor has added them within your course.
To use the compile for printing option:

• Select the Content link in the navigation bar and then


compile for printing

After choosing the compile for printing link you will see the
View Multiple Topics checklist. The units and topics that are
visible on the course content page are all listed in the
checklist. To view multiple topics:

• Select all of the units and topics that you would like to
view
• Click View
PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

Setting up your preferences


The Preferences settings allow you to customize your personal
learning environment. Preferences that you can change include:
• Font settings
• The Navigation bar auto-refresh function
• The way page items display
• The way discussion forums and topics display
• Your email signature
• Pager sounds and visual notifications
• Your email address and password
Note Depending on the restrictions set by your site’s administrator
or your instructor you may not be able to see or edit all of the
Preferences settings.

Changing your font


Your fonts are available from the General tab.
1. Use the drop-down lists to select a font face and size.
2. Click Save.
The Preview box displays a sample of your new font setting.

Turning off Auto-refresh


The auto-refresh function continuously updates the information on
On your My Home page the Preferences link is located in the your page. If you are using a screen reader or viewing pages that
Welcome widget. take a long time to load, you may want to set Navigation bar
auto-refresh to Off.
Click My Preferences.
The My Preferences page displays.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

Changing the paging value To change discussion preferences

The paging value option allows you to limit or expand the number 1. Select the option you want for each section.
of search results you see for each tool. 2. Use the Default View Type drop-down list to select view type.
1. Select the Paging tab. 3. Click Save.
2. Use the drop-down list to select a paging value. Note If you do not have much experience with the Discussions
3. Click Save. tool, you may want to revisit this area after using the tool.

Creating an email signature


Use this tool to create a signature that will display automatically at
Changing your discussions settings the end of messages sent from your course email account.
1. Select the Email tab.
The Discussions tab allows you to change the layout and 2. Type your email signature in the text box (include your name
organization of your discussion forums and topics in the and any important contact information).
Discussions tool.
3. Click Save.
You can change the following discussion preferences:
• Discussions – Forums & Topics Frame
• Search Bar
• Search Bar Type
• Topics List Type
• View Type (Threaded, Not threaded)

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CUSTOMIZING YOUR PREFERENCES

Changing the pager sound Updating your email address


Set this preference to receive visual notification when someone If your email address has changed since registration, you can
pages you and to select your pager sound. update it by clicking on the My Email link located in the Welcome
Note If the pager icon is off, you will still receive incoming pages. widget on your My Home page.
However, you must check for pages manually by clicking on the The My Email page displays.
pager and selecting from the list.
1. Select the Pager tab.
2. Turn the pager icon on or off to reveal of hide the pager icon on
your navigation bar.
3. Choose a page sound from the options.
4. Click Save.
1. Enter your course login password.
You will hear the specified sound the next time you receive a page.
2. Type your new email address.
3. Click Update Email.

Changing your password


Change your password from your My Home page or Course Home
page by selecting the My Password link in the Welcome widget.
The Change Password page displays.

1. Type your old password.


2. Type a new password.
3. Confirm the new password.
4. Click Change Password.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: EMAIL

Accessing Your D2L Email Icon Option Description

Folder Access the Folder Management page, where you


Access your D2L email tool from the Email link on your Course Management can manage messages by saving them in folders
Home navigation bar. you have created and organized.
Settings Access the Settings page, where you can
customize your email, display, and forwarding
options.

Checking emails
The Email Message List page displays. The Message List page displays a list of items in your inbox,
including unread emails. To read a message, click the subject
link of the message. The message will open in either a preview
pane or new window, depending on your settings.
The Message Preview page displays.

Note This page only displays if you have permission to receive


emails. If you have permission to send mail only you will be
taken directly to the Compose page.
Use the options across the top of the Message List page to access
Email tool features.

Icon Option Description

Message List Return to the message folder last viewed when Use the options across the top of the Message Preview page to
viewing different email pages. reply to, forward, delete, or manage the message.
Compose Create and send emails. Note Messages opened using the preview pane are not marked
as read. To mark a message as read, click the Mark Read icon
( ) at the top of the message or right click on the message on
Refresh Check for new emails.
the Message List page and choose “Open in New Window”.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: EMAIL

Composing email messages Adding attachments to an email


To compose a new email message: From the Compose New Message page:
1. Click the Compose icon ( ) on the Message List page. 1. Compose your message as usual.
The Compose New Message page displays. 2. In the Attachments section, click Browse and select the file
you want to attach.
3. Click Add.
4. To attach additional files, repeat steps 2 and 3.
Note If you have added an attachment and want to delete it
before sending, click the Remove link beside the attachment.

Replying to and forwarding email


From the Message List page:
1. Select the message you want to reply to or forward by
clicking on the message’s subject link.
The Message Preview page displays.
2. Click the Reply icon ( ), Reply All icon ( ), or Forward
icon ( ).
The Compose Message page displays.
2. Type the recipient’s email address in the To field. 3. Enter the recipient names in the To, CC, and Bcc fields, or
If you have an address book set up, you can click on the use the Address Book. For Reply and Reply All the recipients
Address Book icon ( ) at the top of the page. will automatically be populated, but you can add additional
recipients if desired.
3. Type a brief description of your email in the Subject line.
4. Add any additional content, including attachments, to the
4. Type your message in the large text box. message.
To compose your message in HTML format, click the HTML 5. Click Send.
Editor icon ( )
To check for misspellings or preview the message, click the
Spell Checker icon ( ) or Preview icon ( ).
5. Click Send.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: EMAIL

Email Message Folders The New Folder page displays.

Folders help you manage your messages by organizing them


into groups.
A list of your folders displays in the Folder List pane of the
Message List page if you have it enabled on your Settings page.
By default you will have the following folders:
• Inbox
• Drafts
• Sent 3. Ensure that the Folder Type is set to Message Folder.
• Trash 4. Enter a name for the folder.
You can add folders to this list as needed. 5. To make the new folder a sub-folder inside an existing
folder, choose the existing folder from the Parent Folder
Accessing email message folders drop-down menu.

From the Message List page: 6. Click Save.

1. Click the folder link from the Folder List pane, or select the Editing email message folders
folder from the Folder drop-down list.
From the Folder Management page:
Moving messages to an existing folder
1. Click the Edit icon ( ) to the right of the folder you want
From the Message List page: to edit. The Edit Folder page displays.
1. Check the boxes beside the messages you want to move. 2. Update the folder information as required.
2. Choose the folder you want to move the selected messages 3. Click Save.
to from the Move To drop-down list.
Deleting email message folders
Creating new email message folders
From the Folder Management page:
From the Message List page: Click the Delete icon ( ) to the right of the folder you want to
1. Click the Folder Management icon ( ) at the top of the delete.
page. The Folder Management page displays. Note Deleted folders cannot be restored. Messages from
2. Click the New Folder icon ( ) at the top of the page. deleted folders will be moved to the Trash folder.

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Your Address Book Adding address book contacts

The address book allows you to keep an online list of your From the Address Book page:
contacts and organize contacts into groups.
1. Click the Add Contact icon ( ) at the top of the page.
Access your Address Book from the Message List page by
The Add Contact page displays.
clicking the Address Book link in the Folder List pane or by
choosing “Address Book” from the Folder drop-down list.
You can also access the Address Book by clicking the Address
Book icon ( ) at the top of the Compose New Message, Reply,
Reply All, and Forward pages.
The Address Book page displays.

2. Choose a folder to store the new contact’s information in


from the Folder drop-down list. By default new contacts are
stored in the main Address Book folder.
To create a new folder, click the New Folder link beside the
Folder drop-down list.
3. Enter the new contact’s information in the appropriate fields.
Fields marked with an asterisk are required.
4. Click Save.

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Editing address book contacts Moving contacts to an existing group

From the Address Book page: From the Address Book page:
1. Click the First Name or Last Name link of the contact you 1. Check the boxes beside the contacts you want to move.
wish to edit from the list of contacts. 2. Choose the group you want to move the selected contacts to
The Edit Contact page displays. from the Move To drop-down list.

Creating new contacts groups

From the Address Book page:

1. Click the Folder Management icon ( ) at the top of the


page. The Folder Management page displays.

2. Click the New Folder icon ( ) at the top of the page.


The New Folder page displays.

2. Update the contact’s information as required.


3. Click Save. 3. In the Folder Type section, select Contacts Folder.
4. Enter a name for the folder.
Deleting address book contacts
5. To make the new folder a sub-folder inside an existing
folder, choose the existing folder from the Parent Folder
From the Address Book page:
drop-down menu.
1. Check the boxes beside the contacts you want to delete.
6. Click Save.
2. Click the Delete icon ( ) at the top of the list.
Note Deleted contacts cannot be restored.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

How do I know who is online? Send a page to someone in the Classlist

The Online Status icon ( ) displays beside the names of 1. Click on the user’s name.
classmates who are currently online. The Send Page pop-up displays.

Send a Page or Email


Send an email to someone in the Classlist

1. Click on the user’s email address.


The Compose New Message page displays.

2. Type your message in the Message text box.


3. Click Send.

Updating your Profile


Use the Profile feature to share personal details with peers and
instructors.
From the Classlist page:

1. Click the Edit Profile icon ( ) beside your name in the


2. Type your subject and message in the appropriate fields. Classlist.
3. Click Send. The Edit Profile page displays.
Note You can add attachments to the email by clicking the
Browse button.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

Create a new home page

From your My Homepage page:

1. Click the New icon ( ).


2. Type a name for your home page.
3. Click Create.
4. Click the Make this my homepage icon ( ) to set the new
home page as your default home page.
5. Click the Edit icon ( ) and use the HTML Editor page to add
content to your home page.

2. Update your information in the text fields. Upload an existing home page

3. To upload a picture, click the Browse button, locate the From your My Homepage page:
image, and click Open.
4. Click Save Changes. 1. Click the Upload icon ( ).
2. Click Browse, and locate your file.
Viewing profiles 3. Click Upload.
4. Click the Make this my homepage icon ( ) to set the
Click the View Profile icon ( ) beside the name of the person uploaded home page as your default home page.
whose profile you want to view.
5. Click the Edit icon ( ) and use the HTML Editor page to
make changes as desired.
Creating and editing your personal home
page Note Ensure that you have also uploaded all supporting files and
images and referenced them properly. You must link to images.
They cannot be inserted or imported directly into your personal
Click the Edit My Homepage icon ( ) beside your name to
home page.
create a new personal home page or to upload an existing one.
The My Homepage page displays.
Viewing homepages
Click the View Homepage icon ( ) beside the name of the
person whose home page you want to view.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

Viewing Groups and Sections Viewing shared Locker files


You can find out what groups or sections your classmates belong To view locker files that other students are sharing, click the
to by clicking the View Group icon ( ) beside their names.
Locker icon ( ) beside a name on the Classlist page.
The Group List page for the user selected displays.
The student’s Locker page displays.

You can also click the Groups tab at the top of the Classlist page Select the blue link to view the locker files in a new browser
to view a list of all groups, or the Sections tab to view a list of all window.
sections.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

What is the Classlist?


The Classlist tool is a central area from where you can:
• Locate classmates and send them a page or email.
• Find classmates who are currently online.
• Create, edit, and view personal profiles.
• Create, edit, and view personal home pages.
• Check what groups and sections users belong to.
• View shared locker content.
Note Depending on the permissions set by your site’s
administrator you may not be able to see all of the Classlist
options.

Accessing the Classlist


How do I find classmates or other users?
From your Course Home page, click the Classlist link on the
navigation bar.
To locate a classmate or instructor using the Classlist tool, select
the Student or Staff tab and type their first or last name (or a
portion of their name) in the Search for field, and click Search.
A list of classmates or staff associated with the search criteria you
entered displays.

The Classlist page for your course displays.

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How do I know who is online? Send a page to someone in the Classlist

The Online Status icon ( ) displays beside the names of 1. Click on the user’s name.
classmates who are currently online. The Send Page pop-up displays.

Send a Page or Email


Send an email to someone in the Classlist

1. Click on the user’s email address.


The Compose New Message page displays.

2. Type your message in the Message text box.


3. Click Send.

Updating your Profile


Use the Profile feature to share personal details with peers and
instructors.
From the Classlist page:

1. Click the Edit Profile icon ( ) beside your name in the


2. Type your subject and message in the appropriate fields. Classlist.
3. Click Send. The Edit Profile page displays.
Note You can add attachments to the email by clicking the
Browse button.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

Create a new home page

From your My Homepage page:

1. Click the New icon ( ).


2. Type a name for your home page.
3. Click Create.
4. Click the Make this my homepage icon ( ) to set the new
home page as your default home page.
5. Click the Edit icon ( ) and use the HTML Editor page to add
content to your home page.

2. Update your information in the text fields. Upload an existing home page

3. To upload a picture, click the Browse button, locate the From your My Homepage page:
image, and click Open.
4. Click Save Changes. 1. Click the Upload icon ( ).
2. Click Browse, and locate your file.
Viewing profiles 3. Click Upload.
4. Click the Make this my homepage icon ( ) to set the
Click the View Profile icon ( ) beside the name of the person uploaded home page as your default home page.
whose profile you want to view.
5. Click the Edit icon ( ) and use the HTML Editor page to
make changes as desired.
Creating and editing your personal home
page Note Ensure that you have also uploaded all supporting files and
images and referenced them properly. You must link to images.
They cannot be inserted or imported directly into your personal
Click the Edit My Homepage icon ( ) beside your name to
home page.
create a new personal home page or to upload an existing one.
The My Homepage page displays.
Viewing homepages
Click the View Homepage icon ( ) beside the name of the
person whose home page you want to view.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: CLASSLIST

Viewing Groups and Sections Viewing shared Locker files


You can find out what groups or sections your classmates belong To view locker files that other students are sharing, click the
to by clicking the View Group icon ( ) beside their names.
Locker icon ( ) beside a name on the Classlist page.
The Group List page for the user selected displays.
The student’s Locker page displays.

You can also click the Groups tab at the top of the Classlist page Select the blue link to view the locker files in a new browser
to view a list of all groups, or the Sections tab to view a list of all window.
sections.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: DROPBOX

What is the Dropbox?


The Dropbox tool replaces the need for you to mail, fax, or email
assignments to your instructor. You can use the Dropbox tool to
submit assignments online by uploading your files to designated
folders. Your instructor can pick up files for grading and post
helpful information in the Dropbox.

2. Click Browse and locate the assignment file that you


want to upload.
3. Type a description for the assignment file, and click
Upload.
Select the Dropbox link on the Course Home navigation bar to
view a list of dropbox folders created by your instructor. 4. Click Done to return to the Dropbox Folder List page.
The Folder List page displays. The Dropbox Folder List page indicates the number of files you
have submitted to a folder in the Submitted Files column.
An email confirming that the upload was successful is sent to
your email address.

Reviewing your submissions


From the Folder List page:
1. Click on the link of the folder you want to view
From this page you can view: submissions for.
• A list of available folders The File Submission page displays.
• Submission and feedback information 2. Click the History button to view all submitted files,
• Previously submitted assignments (by clicking History) comments, and dates submitted.
The Dropbox Submission History page displays.
Submitting assignments
From the Folder List page:
1. Click the name of the folder you want to submit files to.
The File Submission page displays.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: DROPBOX

• Indicates that the file was downloaded by your instructor.


• Indicates that the file has not been downloaded by your
instructor.

Viewing instructor feedback


To view feedback from an instructor on an assignment, click the
New icon ( ) in the feedback column (in yellow) on the
Folder List page.

The View Feedback page displays.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: SCHEDULE (EVENTS)

The main Schedule page displays:


What is the Schedule (Events) tool?
The Schedule is a tool you can use to manage course-related dates
and events. You can view course events such as project due dates,
virtual office hours, and exam and test information that your
instructor posts through the schedule tool on the Course Home
page. You can also add personal events to keep track of meetings,
appointments, milestones, and deadlines.
Upcoming events are displayed in the Events widget on your My
Home page (shown when you first log in) and on course
homepages.

From here you can:


• Choose to view all events, personal events, or course events
from the drop-down list under the links at the left of the
page.
• Use the Day, Week, and Month tabs across the top of the
Opening the Schedule main Schedule page to change the calendar display.
To access the Schedule from the main Course Home page click the • View the events for a specific day by clicking on the date in
Events button in the Events widget or click the Schedule link on the mini calendar at the top left.
the navigation bar.
• Switch between months using the and buttons at the
top of the mini calendar, or by selecting a month from the
drop-down list beneath the calendar.

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Printing your schedule 2. Type the Title of your event.


3. Choose a Date by using either the drop-down boxes or by
1. Use the controls on the Schedule page to view the events you clicking the small calendar icon beside the drop-downs.
want to print. To specify that the event ranges over multiple days, or to set a
2. Select the link on the left side of the page. time for the event or a block of time, click show more
options.
3. Use your browser’s print functionality to print the page.
4. Type a Description of the event.
4. Click Close when you are finished.
Click the Edit icon ( ) to format your description.
Adding a personal event 5. Click Save.
You now have a personal event scheduled for that date.
To add a personal event, from the main Schedule page: Click the date on the mini calendar to see the scheduled event and
the description in the screen beside the calendar.
1. Click the link on the left side of the page.
The Add New Event page displays. Importing events
To import events in the form of an excel spreadsheet or .txt file,
from the main Schedule page:

1. Select the link on the left side of the page.


The Import Events page displays.

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2. From here you can choose to:


• Download the D2L-created templates in order to create
multiple events that you want to upload. 3. Click Import to save the selected events to your schedule.

• Browse and upload an event import file you have already


created. After selecting the file, click Upload.
When you upload a file, the Import Events page displays a list of
events.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: DISCUSSIONS

Entering a Discussion Forum Adding a new message


The Discussion tool is used to communicate with classmates, From the discussion page for the discussion you want to post a
group members, or your instructor on assignments and readings, message in:
and to share course related files. To access a discussion area, 1. Click Add Message.
click the Discussions link on your Course Home navigation bar.
The Add Message box displays.

The main Discussions page displays a list of active discussions.

2. Type a Subject.
3. Type a discussion message in the text box.
4. Click the Browse button, select a file, and click Open to add
Note Access to this area is dependent on the permissions set up an attachment to the message.
for you by your organization or instructor. Note Depending on the permissions set by your organization or
Select the discussion you want to join from the list. instructor, you may not be able to add attachments.
The discussion area displays. 5. Click Submit.
Your message appears in the main discussion pane.

Unread messages appear in bold. Selected messages appear


highlighted.

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Reading a message 5. Click Submit.


Tip If the message text becomes too long, you can delete the
To read or select an existing message, click on the message’s message history from the bottom of the message text.
subject line from the main list in your discussion area.
You can use the Next and Prev buttons at the top of a message Modifying or deleting an existing message
to move between related messages.
To modify or delete an existing message, select the message in
Replying to a message the discussion area list, and click Edit or Delete.
Note You cannot delete postings that have replies attached to
1. Select an existing message from the main list in your them.
discussion area. Note Depending on the permissions set by your organization, you
2. Choose whether you want the original message to appear in may not be able to modify or delete postings.
the reply using the drop-down menu beside the Reply button,
and click Reply. Removing an attachment
The Add Message box displays with the Subject field filled in.
To remove an attachment from an existing message, select the
message in the main discussion list area, and click Edit. Check
Remove Current Attachment, and click Submit.
Note Depending on the permissions set by your organization, you
may not be able to remove attachments.

Searching for a message


1. If the Search field isn’t visible, click the Search icon ( ) at
the top of the discussion page.
The Search field displays.

3. Type your response message in the text box.


4. Click the Browse button, select a file, and click Open to add
an attachment to the message.
Note Depending on the permissions set by your organization,
you may not be able to add attachments.

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2. Type your search criteria (any portion of text from the


message), and click Search.
Or
3. Click the Advanced Search link, enter your search criteria
and conditions, and click Search.

Downloading an attachment
1. Select the posting with the attachment you want to download.
2. Save the attachment by right-clicking the attachment hyperlink
and choosing Save Target As from the menu, and then
browsing to the location to you want to save the file in.

Flagging a message
“Flagging” a message allows you to mark a particular discussion
message as important.
You can add a flag to a new or existing posting by clicking the
Flag Message button when the posting is selected.
The Flag icon ( ) displays beside the Subject text.
• Sort by flagged messages in the main discussion window by
clicking the Message Flagged icon ( ) at the top of the list.
• Remove all flags from a list of messages at once by clicking
the Remove Flags icon ( ) and confirming the removal.
• Flag multiple posts by checking the applicable posts and
clicking the Flag multiple posts icon ( ).

Printing a message
1. Check the postings you want to print.
2. Click the View Messages in a Printable Format icon ( ).
3. Use your browser’s print functionality.

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STUDENT LEARNING AID: TAKING A QUIZ

Finding your course Quizzes


Select the Quizzes link on the Course Home navigation bar.

The Quizzes Home page displays.

Taking a quiz 3. Follow the instructions and complete the quiz.

From the Quizzes Home page: 4. Click the save icon ( ) to save each question as you
1. Click on the hyperlink for the quiz you want to take. complete it.

The instruction page for the quiz displays. The Quiz Info widget helps you track saved answers. The Save
icon ( ) darkens below saved answers.
2. Click . 5. Click the Save All Responses button to save a page of
questions or your work up to a certain point.
The initial quiz page displays.
6. Click the Next Page icon ( ) or the Previous Page icon ( ) to
navigate between pages.
7. Click the Go to Submit Quiz button when you are ready to
submit.
The Submit Quiz page displays.
Unanswered questions display with a link to the unanswered
question's number.

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Looking over questions

Once you have saved a question, it is


logged in the Quiz Info box as a
hyperlink.
You can select a link to a saved
question at any time during the quiz
and review or edit your answer.
The Quiz Info box also indicates
which answers still need to be saved.

8. If you have unanswered questions, click the hyperlinks to the


Viewing your submission information and
questions and answer them. graded quizzes
9. When you are sure you have completed the quiz, click Submit
Quiz. To access information about your submissions and your grades:
1. Select the Quizzes link from your Course Home navigation bar.
Note If the time limit has passed, you will be asked to submit your
quiz. 2. Click the on the hyperlink for the quiz you want view.
Important Note If your instructor has chosen to auto-submit
quizzes at the end of the designated time period and you have not 3. Click the Submissions icon ( ).
finished the quiz, only the questions you have saved will be The Submissions page displays.
submitted. You must ensure that all of your answers are
saved before the time limit expires.

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Note: Grades and statistical information become available when 4. To print a report click Print Report, choose your desired print
your instructor has graded the quizzes. settings in the pop-up window, and click Print.
Note You can also view your grades (when posted by the
instructor) by selecting the Grades link on your Course Home
navigation bar.

Viewing Reports
Instructors may make extra information about quiz results
available for you to view through reports.
To check if reports are available:

1. Click the Reports icon ( ) from the list of choices at


the top of a quiz page.
The Reports page displays.
2. Click the title link of the report you want to view.
3. Click Generate Report.
The Report displays.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: PAGER

What is the Pager? A beside a user name means that a page has been sent by
that user. Click on the to view the message.
The pager is an online messaging tool you can use to send text
messages directly to other users who are currently logged into Sending a page
D2L. Use the pager to:
• Quickly get an answer from someone currently online. From the main Pager pop-up window:
1. Click New Page or click on a contacts name.
• Let others know that you're online too.
The Send Page pop-up window displays.
• Invite others to join a chat or discussion.
• Notify someone of an email.
The pager tool is faster than waiting for a response through
email.

Accessing the Pager

From your Course Home page, click the Pager icon ( ) or


the Pager link on the navigation bar.
The main Pager pop-up window displays.

2. Type the recipient’s name in the To field, or click on the To


button and choose one or more recipients from your Contacts list.
3. Type a Message.
4. Click Send.

Incoming pages
When you receive a new page you will be notified by a sound

signal or you will see the word “Page” ( ) displayed in the


green part of the Page icon, depending on your settings.

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Click the Page icon ( ) to view your new message. Adding and removing contacts
To add a personal contact from the main Pager pop-up window:
1. Click Add.
The Add Contact page displays.

Viewing a list of pages


To view a log of pages you have received:
1. Click the button beside a user’s name.
The pager History pop-up window displays.

From here you can select to add the following types of contacts:
• Known Contact: Type in the username of the person you
wish to add and click the Add button. Choosing this option
enables you to add any users within your organization; you do
not have to be enrolled in the same class.
• Classmate(s): Select the circle beside the Add Classmate
option. From the drop-down list, select your course. Your
classmates should appear underneath with boxes beside each
name. Check the boxes of the classmates you would like to
add and click Add.

2. Select a blue link to view details for the associated message.

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When you are paged by users who are not currently on your contact list, Getting help with the pager
they are listed on the main Pager pop-up window as Unknown. Click
the Plus icon ( ) beside their names to add them to your contact list. Click the Help button to view a page describing the Pager
functions, buttons, and links.
To remove a contact from the main Pager pop-up window:
1. Click Remove.
The Remove Contact dialog displays.

2. Check the boxes beside the names you want to remove from
your contact list.
3. Click Remove.
The contacts are removed.

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PARTICIPANT LEARNING AID: LOCKER

What is the Locker?


Use your locker to upload and store personal files. All files that are
stored in your locker are confidential unless you chose to make
them public. This tool is especially useful if you work on multiple
workstations, as you can store and access information in a central
and stable location. To access your locker, click the Locker link on
your Course Home navigation bar.
Adding a file to your locker
From your My Locker page:
1. Click the Upload New File button.
The Upload New File page displays.

The My Locker page displays.

Different file types can be stored in the locker, including word-


processing documents, spreadsheets, zip files, and graphics. The
different file types are represented by the graphic beside the file
name. 2. Click Browse and locate the file you want to upload.
Storage capacity 3. Enter a brief description of the file.
Your locker has a maximum storage capacity set by your 4. Click Upload.
organization. The Locker Usage widget, which displays with your
My Locker page, indicates your current usage and maximum A confirmation page displays indicating the successful completion of
storage capacity. the file upload to your locker. The Locker Usage indicator displays
your new storage usage.
If your locker is filling up, you will want to delete or move some of
your files.

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Viewing an uploaded file Changing the description and availability


To view a file that you have uploaded, click on the file name. of a file
The file opens using the appropriate program.
1. Select the file you want to edit, and click Edit.
The Edit File page displays.
Sharing your locker files
A green checkmark beside a file under the Public? column
indicates that a file is accessible to other users.

To share or hide files from users

Select the files you want to share or hide and click the Toggle
Public button.

2. Edit the file’s properties, and click Save.


Saving a file to your computer or network
To retrieve a file that you have uploaded: Deleting files
1. Right-click (control-click) on the file name and select Save
Target As… Warning When you choose to delete a file, you are not asked to
confirm the deletion. Make sure you are certain you no longer
(If you are using Netscape, right-click (control-click) on the file need a file before you delete it.
name and select Save As.)
Select the files you want to delete, and click Delete.
2. Browse to the drive or file where you would like to save the file,
and click Save. The files you selected are deleted from your locker.

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4. Add your Content. You can create formatted content using
What is the Journal the HTML Editor by clicking the HTML Editor icon ( ).
Use the Journal tool for class notes, to-do lists, reflections, and 5. Click Save.
creative writing. The journal is intended as a personal tool to
record your thoughts. You cannot share it with other users. Creating a course journal entry
To access your journal, select the Journal link from the My Use a course journal entry to record notes on a topic, manage to-
Home or Course Home navigation bar. do lists and research for a project, or reflect on a lecture.
From the Journal page:
1. Select the Course tab.

The Journal page displays.


Note Depending on the permissions set by your site’s
administrator or your instructor, you may not be able to use all
of the features described here.

Creating a personal journal entry

Use a personal journal entry for personal writing projects, notes,


and reflections that are not directly related to a course or topic.
From the Journal page:
1. Select the Personal tab.
2. Click Add Entry.
The Add Journal Entry page displays.
2. Select a Course Offering and a Topic or Module using
the drop-down lists. This associates your journal entry with
particular learning material.
3. Click Add Entry.
The Add Journal Entry page displays.
4. Give your entry a Title.
5. Add your Content. You can create formatted content using
the HTML Editor by clicking the HTML Editor icon ( ).
3. Give your entry a Title. 6. Click Save.

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Editing a journal entry

To edit a journal entry:


1. Select the Personal or Course tab.
2. If you select the Course tab, select the Course Offering
and Topic or Module using the drop-down lists. Selecting
“All Module, Topic, and Course Offering journal entries” lists
all journal entries for the chosen course.
3. Click on the title of the entry you want to edit.
4. Make the appropriate changes. You can edit and format the
entry using the HTML Editor by clicking the HTML Editor
icon ( ).
5. Click Save.

Deleting a journal entry

To delete an existing journal entry:


1. Select the check box beside the journal entry you want to
delete.
2. Click Delete.

Viewing a journal entry

To view a journal entry:


1. Select the Personal or Course tab.
2. If you select the Course tab, select the Course Offering
and Topic or Module using the drop-down lists. Selecting
“All Module, Topic, and Course Offering journal entries” lists
all journal entries for the chosen course.
3. Find the journal entry in the list that displays. The most
recent entries are at the top of the list.