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An Overview of Course Tools

There are a number of tools in Desire2Learn that can be used to enhance the course. The instructor determines which tools are available to students. In this document, some commonly used course tools are described with their default names.

For more information about course tools, watch the Student D2L Overview Video.

If your instructor keeps track of attendance through D2L, you can check your attendance data in the Attendance tool.

The Calendar provides a central location for course and personal events, such as add/drop periods, exams, and personal tasks.

This feature allows students and instructors to interact in real time. For more information on the Chat feature and synchronous chats, see Working with Chats.

Highlights important aspects of the course as a visual guideline for students.

Lists all users enrolled in the course and identifies which are currently online. The Classlist tool allows users to share information about themselves using the Profile or Homepage tools.

Instructors often post files related to a course in the Content section. Students can download the files (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, study guides) to complement the course.

This feature allows for asynchronous discussions; students do not have to be online at the same time to respond to each other. For more information, see Working with Discussions.

Students can submit their work electronically. Students upload their work in the Dropbox and the instructor can view it later. For more information, refer to Working with the Dropbox.

Desire2Learn users can email each other from within D2L. You can automatically address email to course members or instructors directly from the Address Book. Email generated through Desire2Learn is delivered to the email address linked within Desire2Learn, the UWEC email accounts for UWEC faculty, staff, and students. For more information, refer to Sending Email in Desire2Learn.

Instructors may publish a list of frequently asked questions related to the course content or policies.

A glossary may contain terms related to the course.

If your instructor records grades in the D2L gradebook, you can check the Grades tool to see how you are doing in the class.

If your instructor divides the class into groups, use the Groups tool to view the group(s) in which you are enrolled as well as see the names of other members of your group(s).

Your instructor may use the Links tool to make additional resources available to students.

This tool provides an additional storage area for files. Files in this area can be made public or kept private.

Only instructors can post news items, but check the News tool regularly for information about upcoming events, due dates, or corrections.

This feature allows you to take quizzes online, at a time that is convenient for you. For more information, refer to Taking Online Quizzes.

Surveys are used to monitor D2L users' opinions and other information. Taking surveys is similar to taking online quizzes.

Help Desk

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