To change...to improve

February 2, 2014

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Desire2Learn 10.0 to 10.1

Winston Churchill once said "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."  By that standard, over the last two weeks UW-Platteville faculty, instructors and students have been doing a lot of improving.

An upgrade of the Desire2Learn course management system has introduced a few changes to negotiate. The first of these was a change in date of the upgrade itself. Classes are in session almost 52 weeks of the year at one or another UW-System campus so there is never going to be a perfect time for a system-wide upgrade. That's understandable.

Unfortunately, after choosing and announcing a date for the upgrade and giving campus support teams time to announce the upgrade and plan for and around it with the campus community, the unforeseen caused the upgrade to be delayed one week with word getting to each campus affected only the night before the scheduled upgrade.

In this case, the best laid plans required some change...

The upgrade happened a week later and after some tweaks in the days after this big change, the new version of Desire2Learn appears to be working like the new version should.

Adapting to this new version from both an instructor and student perspective will likely require the willingness to be open to change. The changes to the content view require all users to pause and take notice, at a minimum. Adapting to the change may inspire some instructors to organize content differently to take advantage of the new view. Those students who decide to 'rock with the changes' in the content view will take advantage of keeping track of what content they've viewed and bookmark what they want to view again.

Change is change. Never all good. Never all bad.

Maybe Winston Churchill was on to something.

Who knows? Working through another Desire2Learn upgrade just might lead us to perfection.

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