From the Advisors: Preview Week and D2L Update

April 28, 2014
Caryn Stanley


If you are taking courses this summer, please take a few minutes to review the following:

Preview Week
To help you familiarize yourself with Desire2Learn and your courses, UW-Platteville hosts Preview Week the week before classes start each term. For summer 2014, Preview Week will occur Tuesday, May 27- Sunday, June 1. During Preview Week, you can access D2L, peruse your courses, introduce yourself to your classmates and instructors, organize your course materials, and get important dates on your calendar. This is a great way to get a jump start on your summer term and stay ahead of the game. 

New D2L Upgrade
The latest version of D2L is set to roll out June 4 and 5, which occurs during the first week of classes. While we expect the rollout will cause little to no disruption to your UW-Platteville experience, there can be glitches. Your instructors, advisors, and coordinators are all aware the rollout is occurring and want to do their best to help you prepare by suggesting the following:

  • Take advantage of Preview Week—this is not just good advice for this rollout, but for EVERY course, every term. While some features of D2L may change, you can use Preview Week to take note of upcoming assignments, readings, and projects for at least the first few weeks of classes. In general, getting in this habit can help you to work ahead. Also, if there is a brief disruption in D2L functionality during the upgrade, you will still be aware of the readings and assignments you are expected to complete. 
  • Take time to get to know your classmates and instructors. Making strong connections will be beneficial as you move through your program at UW-Platteville, and will be crucial resources if you have questions about your course following the upgrade.
  • Keep DLC Help Desk contact information handy:

Bottom line: Take time to be prepared. Whether it’s a D2L upgrade, a sick child, or a last-minute project at work, you’ll be ready for life’s unexpected hurdles and challenges.

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