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Checklist for Your D2L Course

This is a general guide of things to look for whenever you are teaching a course from a prior term.  Depending on the complexity of the design of your D2L course, you may or may not need to check every item on this check list.

✓ Log in to D2L

✓ Check home page for any changes relevant for the new term (term information, CRN, etc)

✓ Revise/update syllabus and any outdated or inaccurate content or dates

✓ Check dates, content and links (for example: any materials that have the term information “Winter 2011” in it; any documents with due dates listed; etc): Consider using Week 1 or 2 rather than specific dates

  • News items
  • Course content
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes/Surveys
  • Dropbox
  • Calendar (NOTE!  Calendar items are hidden within INACTIVE courses)
  • Checklist 
  • Gradebook

✓ Check all links to exterior web sites in the event that those materials have changed or been removed (news/periodical articles, YouTube, blogs, etc)

✓ Remember to activate your D2L course (you can activate your course early because students will not be able to access it until the start date)

✓ If you use different start and/or end dates than the standard university term dates, check the start and end dates for your course (the course start and end dates are right below the “course is active” function on the Course Offering Information page)

✓ Check your class enrollment in Banweb (this is the official roster of registered students) with your D2L classlist

✓ Finally, use the “Impersonate Student” function to test the look and structure of your course (should also practice any quizzes/surveys)

✓ You can find tutorials in the left column here

✓ If you need assistance after reading the tutorials please contact your program manager who can help point you in the right direction. You can also visit or call (503-725-9111) the Integrated Digital Support Center (IDSC). They provide faculty support for the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system. The IDSC team includes an instructional designer from the Center for Online Learning and support staff. They can help with D2L training, troubleshooting, and advanced-function issues with D2L any time from 10am to 5pm M-F. The IDSC is located in BHB 225.

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