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Faculty Tips o' the Week 

 

By popular demand! It has been requested that we archive and make available faculty tips o' the week. These tips, initially placed in the the Faculty Tip o' the Week widget on your D2L home page, are now available right here. Keep your eye out for fresh weekly tips on D2L.

 

Adding to the My Courses List

Who to Contact for Help

Viewing Student Progress

Archiving Assignment Submissions with Box 

Assignments and Group Discussion Changes

Dates and the Calendar

Keeping Students on Track with Due Dates

Creating your Gradebook

D2L on your Mobile with Brightspace Pulse

Showing the Up to Date Grade to Students

Plagiarism Checking and Markup with TurnItIn 

Creating and Using Groups

 

 


 

 

Adding to the My Courses List

 

My Courses is no longer sorted by College or semester. Current courses should automatically be on your list. Adding others is done by "pinning them". Here's how:

Click the square menu button near the top waffle icon to open the "Select a Course" list

To filter this list you can enter a partial course name or year. Generalized search terms are recommended

Click the "pin" icon pin icon to the right of the course name to pin it. It will darken to indicate it is pinned

For more information, you can watch the video here.

 


Who to Contact for Help

Contacting the right party from the beginning will get help faster, here's a brief list of who to talk to:

  • For Issues Inside D2L: if you have a problem after logging in to D2L, contact eLearning at msubonline@msubillings.edu or 406 657 2192  
  • For Issues Outside of D2L: If you can't log in or have another issue outside of D2L, contact our IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@msubillings.edu or 406 247 5700
  • For Issues with MyInfo: contact Admissions and Records at 406 657 2158

 

progress barsViewing Student Progress

 

The User Progress tool can keep you updated on what students are viewing. It will also show you when and for how long they accessed that part of your course. It can provide data on Content, Discussions, Assignments, and Quizzes.

  • Go to the Classlist

  • Click on the down arrow to the right of a student's name

  • Choose "View Progress"

  • You can also view aggregate data by going to Course Admin and "View User Progress"


  

Archiving Assignment Submissions with Box

 

If you want your current assignment submissions to be easily accessible in future semesters, you can archive them in Box. To store them, here are the steps:

  • From Assignments, download your submissions by checking the boxes to the left of them and clicking Download

  • Click the link to the "zip" file to save it to your computer.

  • Login to box at https://msubillings.box.com/login using your msubillings.edu email address

  • Create a folder with the name of your class if needed, then drag and drop the file into the file area or folder on the box web site


 

 

gears Assignments and Group Discussion Changes

 

The Assignments and Group Discussions have changed a little with our latest version of D2L:

  • When creating new Assignment folders, they are hidden (draft) by default, click the down arrow next to the folder name and choose "Make Visible" to show them to students or change them to "Published" if they are also in Content.

  • Group Discussions no longer require separate topics for each group. When creating a new Topic choose "Group or section topic" and the group category. This can only be done when first creating it.


 

 

Dates and the Calendar

 

You can add important dates that will show on students' calendar for your course, even if they are not connected to an assignment or other course component. To do so:

  • On Course Home, click the down arrow next to Calendar and choose Go to Calendar
  • Click Create Event
  • Enter a title OR click Add Content (NOTE: this does not set a due date, it provides a link from their calendar).
  • Enter a date below and click Save

 

Keeping Students on Track with Due Dates

 

You can pace your course and ensure timely completion of assignments by adding a due date. Due dates put a reminder on your students' calendar as well as generating an alert notification. Here are a few ways to assign dates to course components:

  • For Assignments, check the boxes next to each one you would like to change and click Bulk Edit
  • For Quizzes, click on the name of Quiz and go to the Restrictions tab
  • For Discussions, click the down arrow next to the topic name and choose Edit.
  • To manage all dates at once go to Course Admin - Manage Dates


Creating your Gradebook

 

When developing a course for a new semester, you can save time by creating or updating your gradebook and releasing the "up-to-now" grades first. By default, D2L does not show students their percentage until you release it. To configure your grading system and release the grades, here are the steps:

  • Go to the Grades, Setup Wizard, and click Start to set up your grading system
  • On Step 2 check "Final Calculated Grade" and on Step 6 check "Grade Scheme Symbol". Finish the wizard.
  • Go to Enter Grades, click the down arrow next to "Final Calculated Grade" and choose Grade All.
  • Check all boxes in the column "Release Final Calculated Grade" and click Save.

 

D2L on your Mobile with Brightspace Pulse

 

Pulse can help your students keep up with your course on the go. It can show most course content, subscribed Discussions, and events from their Calendar. Here are a few guidelines to getting the info you need to students:

 

  • Check the Show in Calendar box for dates on Quiz


gradesShowing the Up to Date Grade to Students

 

When starting a new semester, you can save time by releasing the "up-to-now" grades early. By default, D2L does not show students their percentage until you release it. To configure your grading system and release the grades, here are the steps:

  • Go to the Grades, Setup Wizard, and click Start to set up your grading system
  • On Step 2 check "Final Calculated Grade" and on Step 6 check "Grade Scheme Symbol". Finish the wizard.
  • Go to Enter Grades, click the down arrow next to "Final Calculated Grade" and choose Grade All.
  • Check all boxes in the column "Release Final Calculated Grade" and click Save


tiiPlagiarism Checking and Markup with TurnItIn

 

Enabling TurnItIn on an Assignment folder allows you to check for plagiarism, markup documents automatically for grammar, and enter your own custom comments. To use it:

  • If possible, enable the TurnItIn options when you create the folder
  • On the New or Edit folder screen under "OriginalityCheck", check Enable for this folder
  • Scroll down for Grammar and other markup options, click "Show Advanced.." if necessary


Creating and Using Groups

d2l groups icon

You can create and apply groups to your course in D2L for use in Discussions and Assignments. Here's how to get started:

  • Go to Course Admin, then Groups
  • Click New Category, enter a name, specify the number of groups you want and click Save
  • To enroll users, click the down arrow next to your category below and choose "Enroll"
  • Select the students you would like to put into each group

Watch the video for more details and information on creating group discussions and assignments