Communications Buffet
Barry Dahl
Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
Communications Buffet
• Three Quick Ways to Increase
Engagement
1. Personalizing the Learning Space
2. Utilizing Intellige...
Personalizing the
Learning Space
Not Personalized Learning
• That’s a big topic – a whole day by itself.
• Let’s look at how you can make the
learning spac...
Adding Names in the LE
• {FirstName}
– Each user’s first name
• {LastName}
– Each user’s last name
• {OrgName}
– College/D...
News Item – without
Replace String
News Item – without
Replace String
News Item – with
Replace String
News Item – with
Replace String
In Quiz Introduction
In Quiz Introduction
In Quiz Footer
In Quiz Footer
In Quiz Questions
Example from CU Boulder
Assignment Feedback
assett.colorado.edu/d2l/replace-strings
In Custom Widgets
In Custom Widgets
Intelligent
Agents
What’s an Intelligent Agent?
Definition:
Intelligent Agents can assist
instructors, administrators, and
students by provid...
How do They Work?
•For each agent you need to determine:
• what criteria it is looking for
• how often it looks for those ...
Client Use Cases in T & L
• Automatic reminders to students:
–Not logging in to D2L
–Not entering a specific course
• Mess...
Advantages of Using Agents
1. Increases communication between
instructor and student
2. Personalized message, doesn’t look...
Possible Disadvantages
1. Need to manage the agents effectively
to ensure effective communications.
2. If students receive...
Go to Edit Course
Determine Criteria
You can do both
This email was only
sent to the instructor
Release
Conditions
What is Conditional Release?
• Conditional Release is used to define
the order in which a student accesses
course material...
Examples of Conditional Release
• An instructor can use Conditional Release to
specify that:
– a Dropbox folder is availab...
Release Conditions work with:
• Checklists
• Content modules
and topics
• Custom widgets
• Discussion
forums and
topics
• ...
Release can be based on:
• Group or section enrollment
• Roles (ex: student, TA, instructor)
• Viewing content
• Authoring...
Lots of signals about conditions
Lots of signals about conditions
Sample Welcome Post in News
• In order to get started successfully, you should
carefully review the contents of the Syllab...
Example String of Conditions
• Checklist completion
– Quiz is released after checklist is completed
• Quiz grade entered i...
Communications Buffet
Barry Dahl
Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet
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Desire2Learn Ignite - Communications Buffet

  1. 1. Communications Buffet Barry Dahl Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
  2. 2. Communications Buffet • Three Quick Ways to Increase Engagement 1. Personalizing the Learning Space 2. Utilizing Intelligent Agents Effectively 3. Novel uses of Release Conditions
  3. 3. Personalizing the Learning Space
  4. 4. 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 the students.
  5. 5. Adding Names in the LE • {FirstName} – Each user’s first name • {LastName} – Each user’s last name • {OrgName} – College/District org name • {OrgUnitName} – Course name • Tools where this works: • News: (Headline, content) • Discussions: (subject and message) • Content Topic: When you create a new file • Dropbox: Folder instructions & feedback • Quizzes: all custom boxes • Checklist: Name and Description • Groups: Description
  6. 6. News Item – without Replace String
  7. 7. News Item – without Replace String
  8. 8. News Item – with Replace String
  9. 9. News Item – with Replace String
  10. 10. In Quiz Introduction
  11. 11. In Quiz Introduction
  12. 12. In Quiz Footer
  13. 13. In Quiz Footer
  14. 14. In Quiz Questions
  15. 15. Example from CU Boulder Assignment Feedback assett.colorado.edu/d2l/replace-strings
  16. 16. In Custom Widgets
  17. 17. In Custom Widgets
  18. 18. Intelligent Agents
  19. 19. What’s an Intelligent Agent? Definition: 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.
  20. 20. 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 met
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. Possible Disadvantages 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.
  24. 24. Go to Edit Course
  25. 25. Determine Criteria
  26. 26. You can do both
  27. 27. This email was only sent to the instructor
  28. 28. Release Conditions
  29. 29. What is Conditional Release? • Conditional Release is used to define the order in which a student accesses course materials. • "Release" means visible or accessible to students. • Most commonly used release conditions are date and time, but other types of conditions are available.
  30. 30. Examples of Conditional Release • An instructor can use Conditional Release to specify that: – 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?"
  31. 31. Release Conditions work with: • Checklists • Content modules and topics • Custom widgets • Discussion forums and topics • Dropbox folders • Grade items and categories • News items • Quizzes • Surveys
  32. 32. Release can be based on: • Group or section enrollment • Roles (ex: student, TA, instructor) • Viewing content • Authoring a Discussion message • Submitting to a Dropbox
  33. 33. Lots of signals about conditions
  34. 34. Lots of signals about conditions
  35. 35. 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 Discussions.
  36. 36. 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
  37. 37. Communications Buffet Barry Dahl Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn

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