The following topics introduce Learning Environment's basic user interface, navigation tools, and how to manage your account settings.
We recommend you perform a system check to ensure your computer contains the supported system and software requirements used in Learning Environment.
Click Please click here for a System Check before you login on the Login page to run the system check.
Your institution should provide you with a web address, username, and password for logging into Learning Environment. After the first time you log in, change your assigned login password to a new password that only you would know.
My Home is your starting point inside Learning Environment. It is also your organization's homepage where you can access widgets, tool links on the navbar, organization-level content, and other available resources.
Course Home is the first page you see when you navigate to a course. Similar to My Home, it also contains widgets, tool links on the navbar, and resources that enable you to access your personal information, account settings, and course specific content.
The minibar is your main navigation tool to courses and personal settings in Learning Environment. The minibar contains a link to My Home, the course selector, alerts, and your personal menu.
Note If you impersonate a user, the name on the minibar becomes the name of the user you are impersonating. You can also view impersonation information in the personal menu. Click the Stop impersonating [user] icon from the personal menu on the minibar to end an impersonation session. You may not have the ability to impersonate users. Contact your system administrator if you think you should have the ability to impersonate users and don't.
Your courses are listed in the course selector, and you can sort them by course name or by date last accessed. You can also select specific courses from the course selector and pin them to the top of the list for easier navigation.
Messages Email, Pager messages, and ePortfolio invites.
Updates New and updated news posts, upcoming end dates and due dates, new and updated grades, and ePortfolio item assessments.
Subscriptions New blog posts, and discussion posts in forums, topics, and specific threads you subscribed to. Comments left on ePortfolio items and ePortfolio subscription notifications.
If you have unread alerts, a red circle appears on the appropriate alert icon.
The personal menu contains links to your profile, notification options, account settings, and logout. Click your name on the minibar to open the personal menu.
The navbar is your main navigation tool within a course. It displays the course name, tool links, custom links, and custom link groups. Each course can have its own unique navbar to provide relevant tools and resources.
Access the course you want from the course selector. Click Load More Courses to expand the course list, or use the Search field to find your course.
Create and edit your personal profile through the Profile tool. Filling out your profile is optional, but this feature is a great way for social networking and meeting other users in a course.
Your profile information can appear in the Classlist and ePortfolio presentations. Your profile picture might appear next to your discussion posts, your name in classlists, and ePortfolio contributions.
Profile information also appears on profile cards, which display whenever you hover over or click on the thumbnail image of a user, if your organization enables this feature.
Depending on the information you include in your profile and what your organization enables, profile cards can show other users any of the following:
Note Missing information from your profile will not appear on your profile card.
Note You can view and edit your profile from Classlist. You can also edit your tagline directly on your profile card.
You may receive important login and enrollment information via email, so it is essential that you update your preferred email address if it has changed since registration.
By default, replies to email you send in the system go to your inbox in the Email tool. If you prefer to receive email replies at an external email address, update the 'Reply To' Email Address field in your Email settings. This means that when users reply to your email, the reply-to address you specify appears in their "To:" field.
Note Some account settings might not be available depending on how your institution has set up Learning Environment.
Use the Account Settings tool to customize and manage your personal preferences for things such as your online status, Learning Environment's appearance, accessibility options, language and region, Discussions settings, and Email options.
Settings on this tab are not related to a specific tool.
Adjusting the font face and font size changes the default font and size of text in the system. It does not affect images, documents, and other objects such as math equations.
The Show secondary window as options enables you to set secondary windows as pop-ups instead of dialog boxes. This setting helps screen readers and other assistive technologies separate the content of the secondary window from the main window. If you are using assistive technology such as a screen reader, we strongly recommend showing secondary windows as pop-ups.
Provides the option for you to turn off the rich text editor. The HTML editor has many additional rich text features that might be difficult to navigate with assistive technology. This option simplifies pages that have text fields, while still allowing you to include HTML content.
Select Optimize video presentation for programmatically-driven assistive technologies if you use assistive techonology, such as a screen reader, to navigate the web. This option ensures that your assistive technology can detect embedded videos; it does not affect the accessibility of specific video players.
Preferred Locale and Language Sets which locale to use for screen orientation, text, and graphics in the system. The options in the drop-down list correspond to the locale options available at your institution. Administrative staff and course designers can override your preferences for specific pages and courses.
Clock Sets whether time displays in 24-hour or 12-hour clock format.
First Day of the Week Sets which day appears first in your calendar.
Date Sets the display format of dates in the system.
Number Format Sets the display format of numbers in the system.
Percentage Format Sets the display format of percentages in the system.
Sets all dates that include times in Learning Environment to correspond with the time zone you specify.
Online Status Sets whether you appear offline or online to other users when you are logged into the system.
Click Revoke Access if you want to force all your applications or devices to renew their authentication. This ensures that others cannot, for example, access your grades or send emails as you if you lose a mobile device or discover that a linked application is compromised.
Display Settings The following display settings are available:
Reply Settings Use this setting to automatically include the original post by default when composing a reply.
Track activity for messages sent to internal email addresses Tracks the status of sent messages (either read or unread), and when messages are replied to and/or forwarded. The View Recipient Activity link appears on messages in the Sent Mail folder.
Include original message in email replies Sets whether to include original messages with your replies.
Send a copy of each outgoing message to [specified email address] Sends a copy of all the emails you send to a specified address. Click the Change email address link to specify the address to which you want to send copies. Changing this address will change your external address for all mail sent from the Desire2Learn application.
Save a copy of each outgoing message to the Sent Mail folder Saves a copy of your sent messages to a folder for convenient record keeping.
'Reply to' Email Address If users reply to email you've sent from the Email tool, the reply-to address you specify appears in their "To:" field.
Email Signature Create an email signature to include at the bottom of your email messages.
Show the Message Preview pane Enables you to browse emails by displaying them in a preview pane at the bottom of your message list.
Show the Folder List pane Sets whether you see a list of folders in a left panel when reading messages.
Mark messages as read when viewed in the Message Preview pane Using the preview pane to read your messages will mark them as "read".
Show internal email addresses in the Address Book Internal addresses for your system contacts will appear in the Address Book.
Show external email addresses in the Address Book External addresses for your system contacts will appear in the Address Book.
Allow filtering messages and contacts on group enrollment Controls whether groups and sections are listed in the Filter By field in the message list and the address book.
Forward incoming messages to an alternate email account Enter an address into this field to redirect email received in the Email tool to another address. Choose how you want to handle messages within the Email tool after they forward to your email address.
Do one of the following:
The Notifications tool enables you to:
Note You must set up your email contact method on the Notifications page to subscribe to a summary of activity.
You can temporarily switch your role from your personal menu or from the Role Switch widget. For information on the Role Switch widget, see Role Switch .
Note When you use role switch, you are automatically redirected to the course homepage, regardless of the page you were on when you switched your role.