What's New for Students in Desire2Learn 10.3

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What's New for Students in Desire2Learn 10.3

Below you'll find a list of changes in this new version that specifically impact students, grouped by tool.

List of Features

Content

Discussion

Dropbox

Other

Content Tool

Expandable Content Menu

The Content tool now features an expandable left menu panel that lets you quickly navigate to any topic or module in the course, at any time. The panel also supports swipe gestures on tablets so you can swipe left to expand and right to collapse the panel on both iPad and Android tablets.

Expandable Content menu tab

Fig. 1 - Use the new expandable Content menu to jump to any other topic or back to the Table of Contents.

Content Update Notifications for Students

Instructors can choose to notify students of changes to course content. They can include a custom message with the notification and choose to reset completion tracking for students who have already completed the activity. (These students will see the word "Updated" next to the completion marker to indicate they were reset.)

Content change notifications

Fig. 2 - Students can be notified of content changes.

Students will see the alert in the toolbar at the top of the screen (red dot). They can also choose to receive e-mail or SMS notifications about updated content.

Expand and Collapse Improvements

The Table of Contents now remembers the expanded/collapsed state of modules from session to session, and includes options to expand all and collapse all with a single click.

Expand and contract option for Table of Contents.

Fig. 3 - Expand or collapse the Table of Contents menu--the setting is remembered from session to session.

Improved Handling of External Links and Unsupported File Types

External links now automatically open in a new tab or window, as well as a placeholder page in Content (opening in a new tab/window was optional before). This allows instructors to track whether the link was visited, and maintains consistent course navigation for the student.

Placeholder for external links.

Fig. 4a - Example of the placeholder page for external links

For files that cannot be displayed in the document reader, a placeholder page is provided with a visually prominent Download option.

Placeholder for unsupported files.

Fig. 4b - Example of an unsupported file type download page

Discussions Tool

Improved, Simplified Discussions Interface

Previously, the reading view of Discussions was a single list of threads and replies within a topic. The new and improved Discussions "reading" view is more compact with less clutter. It allows you to quickly scan the columns to see which topics have unread or unapproved posts and to join the discussion with ease. (The "grid" view is no long available.)

New interface for Discussions area

Fig. 5 - The new and improved Discussions "reading" view is more compact with less clutter.

View or Hide options for Discussion area

Fig. 6 - Set Topics to View or Hide with a single click at the top level or for individual forums.

Subscribing to forum discussionsUnsubscribing to forums

Fig. 7 - Subscribing (and unsubscribing) to a forum or topic has gotten easier because it's been moved into the context menu, along with the rest of the options for that forum/topic

Expandable menu for Discussions area

Fig. 8 - If you choose to hide or turn off the Discussion "List" view (in your Discussion Settings), a new space-saving expandable menu allows you to easily navigate through all discussion forums and threads in the course

Discussions Integrated with Content

Discussions can now be placed right into Content topics. This means that people can post to Discussions without needing to leave the Content area.

Conent area topics may have their own discussions

Fig. 9 - Review a discussion from within a Content topic

Improved Discussion Notifications

Users who subscribe to Discussions will now receive a link directly to the post in their subscription notifications.

Discussion notifications are links back to the course

Fig. 10 - Discussion notifications contain direct links to posts.

Dropbox Tool

Students See Rubrics Before and After Dropbox Folder Submission

Now students submitting to a Dropbox folder from Content can access the folder's evaluation rubrics before submitting, and also access the completed rubrics after their evaluations are posted.

Other Misc. Changes

Other Changes

Other miscellaneous changes include:

  • Enhanced support for the D2L Binder mobile app - Ability to send multiple documents with one action, support for sending HTL topics, ability for instructor to indicate whether a specific topic is not permitted to be sent to Binder.
  • More drag and drop file upload functionality throughout the application
  • Subject lines are now optional when replying to a discussion thread
  • Posts within a discussion thread now mark as read automatically when viewed
  • Rubrics associated with a discussion topic are now visible to instructors and students
  • Performance and paging improvements for courses that have over 100 content topics

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