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New Semester Checklist

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This page includes information on the following topics that must be considered prior to the beginning of each semester:

Also, learn about a few items you may wish to consider if it is your first semester using D2L:

Every Semester:

Activate Your Course

Before students can access your course (or even see it in their lists of D2L courses), the course must be activated. Read the Activating Your Course page or watch the Activating a Course video.

Change Dates

If you want students to be able to access your course before the first day of classes, or more than three weeks after the last week of classes, you can change the start and end dates for your course. Read the instructions on the Activating Your Course page.

Check D2L News Items

To view news items for announcements about new features, workshops, outages, and more, see D2L News Items on the D2L login page.

Combine Course Sections

If you're teaching a course with multiple sections and want all sections to be part of the same D2L course, complete the D2L Course Request Form to have those sections combined.

Copy Components from Other Courses

If you want to use materials from another D2L course in a course this semester, you can copy the materials directly from the course. Read the Copying Components page for more information. 

Change the Course Name

  1. On the navigation bar, click Edit Course.

  2. In the General section, click Course Offering Information.

  3. Type the new name in the Course Offering Name box.
    Course users will see this name on the navigation bar when logged into the course.

  4. Click Save.

Add Participants

You can add additional instructors, academic assistants, students, and other users to a class.  Read the instructions on the Classlist page for more information. 

First Semester Using D2L:

Set your preferences. You can choose your time zone, change the default font and size of text in D2L, have emails you send in D2L automatically sent to your inbox, and more. If you are happy with the default settings, there is no need to change anything.

  1. Log in to D2L.

  2. On the right of the menu bar at the top of your screen, click the dropdown arrow next to your name and select Account Settings.

    Select Account


Font Selection

  1. In Account Settings, you will see the Font Settings section.

  2. Make the desired selections from the Font Face and Font Size pull-down menus.
    Note: The Preview box shows what the text will look like.
    Optional: To return to the default settings, click Restore Default Font Settings.

  3. Make any other desired changes » click Save.

Time Zone

  1. Scroll down to view the Time Zone section.

  2. Select your Continent and Time Zone.

  3. Click Save.

Email Settings

  1. Click the Email tab, and select Settings.

  2. It is recommended that you create an email signature to appear at the bottom of any emails you send.

    Note: Emails you send from D2L will not appear in your usual Sent folder. Instead, they will appear in your Inbox.

  3. Click Save.
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