Not Personalized Learning
• That’s a big topic – a whole day by itself.
• Let’s look at how you can make the
learning space feel a bit more personal to
Adding Names in the LE
– Each user’s first name
– Each user’s last name
– College/District org
– Course name
• Tools where this works:
• News: (Headline, content)
• Discussions: (subject and
• Content Topic: When you
create a new file
• Dropbox: Folder instructions &
• Quizzes: all custom boxes
• Checklist: Name and Description
• Groups: Description
What’s an Intelligent Agent?
Intelligent Agents can assist
instructors, administrators, and
students by providing a quick and
automated notification when defined
activity occurs in a course or when
there is a lack of login or course entry.
How do They Work?
•For each agent you need to determine:
• what criteria it is looking for
• how often it looks for those criteria
• What the email should say and who
should receive it when the criteria are
Client Use Cases in T & L
• Automatic reminders to students:
–Not logging in to D2L
–Not entering a specific course
• Message after poor performance:
–Get their attention and encourage
them to seek extra help
• Message after good performance
Advantages of Using Agents
1. Increases communication between
instructor and student
2. Personalized message, doesn’t look
like a canned response.
3. Send links to other resources,
tutorials, tutoring center, etc.
1. Need to manage the agents effectively
to ensure effective communications.
2. If students receive too many of these
messages they’ll know they are
automatically sent (not personal).
3. Something could break.
What is Conditional Release?
• Conditional Release is used to define
the order in which a student accesses
• "Release" means visible or accessible
• Most commonly used release conditions
are date and time, but other types of
conditions are available.
Examples of Conditional Release
• An instructor can use Conditional Release to
– a Dropbox folder is available to a student only if
he or she is registered for section number 002.
– only students who have visited a link to the
syllabus can take Quiz #1.
– students who score less than 60% on a quiz will
see a link to a Content topic called "Post-Quiz
Review: What Was Unit 3 All About?"
Release Conditions work with:
• Content modules
• Custom widgets
• Dropbox folders
• Grade items and
• News items
Release can be based on:
• Group or section enrollment
• Roles (ex: student, TA, instructor)
• Viewing content
• Authoring a Discussion message
• Submitting to a Dropbox
Sample Welcome Post in News
• In order to get started successfully, you should
carefully review the contents of the Syllabus module.
Before you can progress to the rest of the
course Content and Discussions, you will have to
score 100% on the Course Requirements Quiz,
which will serve as our Course Contract. You may
need to refresh/reload your Internet browser after you
receive the appropriate grade on each quiz to gain
access to the Course Content and Module
Example String of Conditions
• Checklist completion
– Quiz is released after checklist is completed
• Quiz grade entered in gradebook
–Widget is released based on quiz score
• Got to the LE for example
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