Newsletters Archive

What’s happening in the world of eLearning and D2L Brightspace
at Bemidji State University
 NOVEMBER 2017

  • What’s the Scoop? – D2L Contract; D2L Update; Summary of Highlights and Fixes
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: How do i let students see their cumulative grade? A: By default, students do NOT see their final (cumulative) grade. However, you can release the Final Calculated Grade at any point in the semester. [Click on date above to open the document for more information.]
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – Personalize Messages in Announcements [Click on date above to open the document for more information.]
OCTOBER 2017

  • What’s the Scoop? – D2: address Change – December 27; D2L Shells for all Courses – Spring 2018; and Adding Semester Prefix to Course Name
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: How can I see if a student has looked at a specific Content topic? A: You can view a completion summary for every Content topic in your course [Click on date above to open the document for more information.]
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can Invite students (via email) to participate in a course survey [Click on date above to open the document for more information.]
MARCH 2017

  • What’s the Scoop? – June 2 D2L System-Wide Update (Link to Webinar Recording) AND D2L Basic Tutorials Available Online
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: How do I make grade items “Extra Credit?  A: In order for D2L to treat a grade item as extra credit, it must be marked as a “Bonus” item. . . [Click on date above to open the document for more information.]
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can easily rearrange your Content materials by dragging them to their new location. [Open the document for how-to information.]
FEBRUARY 2017

  • What’s the Scoop? – June 2 Updates to D2L (Intelligent Agents, Quizzes, Group Discussions, Assignments)
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: Does D2L have a tool that allows me to meet with my students in a live classroom session over the internet? A: Yes, YouSeeU (Virtual Classroom tool)
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can create a “Calculated” grade item to show students a cumulative grade based on specific grade items. For example, this is a great way to show students their Midterm grade.
JANUARY 2017

  • What’s the Scoop? – Graduate Assistant, June 2 Updates to D2L, AND Coming soon…
  • Frequently Asked QuestionsGradebook FAQs: Q: Is there an easy way to see if a student is actively participating in my D2L class activities?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – When you create an Assignment Submission folder in D2L, you now have an additional tab of options related to using Turnitin.  “Turnitin Similarity Checking allows educators to check student work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. . .”
NOVEMBER 2016

  • What’s the Scoop? – D2L Shells for On-Campus Courses, Sharing Course Content, AND Teaching Associates
  • Frequently Asked QuestionsGradebook FAQs: (1) End of Semester Gradebook; (2) How to release the Final Calculated grade; (3) How to release the final Adjusted grade; and (4) How to export a copy of your gradebook.
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – Copy Course Content: Rather than rebuilding your course each semester, you can copy materials from a previous semester’s shell into your new one. Then you can make edits in the new semester’s shell.
 OCTOBER 2016

  • What’s the Scoop? – New Graduate Assistant AND D2L Tutorials and Videos Available
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: How do I quickly copy selected course materials from one D2L Brightspace course into another course?
    AND Q: What is the Assignment Submission Log in my D2L Brightspace course?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can give a student a 2nd attempt on a quiz.
September 2016

  • What’s the Scoop? – D2L Update to 10.6.3
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: Can students see their cumulative Final Grade?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can create “private” Discussion Topics for your students (new in version 10.6.2).
March 2016

  • What’s the Scoop? – New tool available for student collaboration
    Wiggio is now available in D2L Brightspace. Students and teachers can use Wiggio to collaborate on projects, case studies, labs, study groups, and class initiatives.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: My student could not submit a quiz, what do I do?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can use the Manage Dates tool to quickly update start and end dates for a variety of items, such as discussions, quizzes and dropbox folders.
February 2016

  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: How do I correct a quiz question after students have taken the quiz?
  • Dropbox Tip –  When you create a Dropbox folder, you can give feedback to ALL students through the Dropbox, even those who didn’t submit a file. Here’s how…
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can require students to respond to a discussion topic before they are able to read anyone else’s post. This can be set at the Forum level, or Topic level.
January 2016

  • What’s the Scoop?New: ReadSpeaker “Text to Speech” tool in Content. You can listen to your online Content with ReadSpeaker.
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: Why are my quiz scores not showing in the gradebook?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can view statistics on individual student participation in your D2L course.
November 2015

  • What’s the Scoop? -D2L Brightspace Update – Outline of new features
  • Frequently Asked Questions – Q: Does BSU have a license for a lecture-capture tool?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! – You can give an individual student extended access to a course to finish an incomplete.
October 2015

  • Frequently Asked Questions -Q: What’s the difference between a Due Date and End
    Date on a Dropbox Folder?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! -You can use Release Conditions to create a custom learning path through materials in your course. When you attach a release condition to an item, students cannot see that item until they meet the associated condition.
September 2015

  • What’s the Scoop? -D2L Brightspace Continuous Delivery
  • Frequently Asked Questions -Q: Why aren’t my Discussions being marked as Read?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! -You can use the Intelligent Agents tool in D2LBrightspace to send email messages to students based on specific activity in the class.
March 2015

  • What’s the Scoop? -D2L Name Change to D2L Brightspace
  • Frequently Asked Questions -Q: How do I let students see their cumulative or Final Calculated Grade?
  • I didn’t know I could do that!New Optional Filters in the My Courses widget.
February 2015

  • What’s the Scoop? -FREE D2L Assignment Grader app for iPad
  • Frequently Asked Questions -Q: How can i get into D2L if I can’t get logged in to the MyBSU portal?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! -View Quiz Statistics
January 2015

  • What’s the Scoop? -Change in How Bonus Items are Displayed
  • Frequently Asked Questions -Q: How do I correct a quiz question after students have taken a quiz?
  • I didn’t know I could do that! -In Content, you have 2 options to control access to Modules and/or Topics.