Denver,Colorado
Communications Buffet• Three Quick Ways to Increase  Engagement 1. Custom home page widgets 2. Personalizing the Learning ...
Widget-based Home Pages• Before you begin setting up your course  home page, consider the needs of your  students:  – What...
Widget-based Home Pages• At-a-glance, what do you want students to  see?  – Course news and updates  – Important dates and...
9.4.1 Standard Home Page with News & Widgets
V10 Widget Layout Options                     • Suggestions:                       – Maximize the use of                  ...
Two Equal Widget Columns
Large Column on Left
Three Column Layout
Three Contest Entries
Replace stringsThree Embedded Polls
Building Custom Widgets
Laura Gibbs - OU
Full Custom Home Pages• Any webpage/site can be used as a  custom home page in D2L.• Examples:  – Course blog  – RSS aggre...
Custom Page Example
Personalizing theLearning Space
Not Personalized Learning• That’s a big topic – a whole day by itself.• Let’s look at how you can make the  learning space...
Adding Names in the LE• {FirstName}                • Tools where this works:  – Each user’s first name      • News: (Headl...
News Item – withoutReplace String
News Item – withoutReplace String
News Item – withReplace String
News Item – withReplace String
News Item – withReplace String
In Quiz Introduction
In Quiz Introduction
In Quiz Introduction
In Quiz Footer
In Quiz Footer
In Quiz Footer
In Quiz Questions
In Quiz Questions
Example from CU Boulder                     Assignment Feedbackassett.colorado.edu/d2l/replace-strings
In Custom Widgets
In Custom Widgets
IntelligentAgents
What’s an Intelligent Agent?Definition:  Intelligent Agents can assist  instructors, administrators, and  students by prov...
How do They Work?•For each agent you need to determine:• what criteria it is looking for• how often it looks for those cri...
Client Use Cases in T & L• Automatic reminders to students:  – Not logging in to D2L  – Not entering a specific course• Me...
Advantages of Using Agents1. Increases communication between   instructor and student2. Personalized message, doesn’t look...
Possible Disadvantages1. Need to manage the agents effectively   to ensure effective communications.2. If students receive...
Go to Edit Course
Determine Criteria
You can do both
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Denver,Colorado
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D2L Communications Buffet

  1. 1. Denver,Colorado
  2. 2. Communications Buffet• Three Quick Ways to Increase Engagement 1. Custom home page widgets 2. Personalizing the Learning Space 3. Utilizing Intelligent Agents Effectively
  3. 3. Widget-based Home Pages• Before you begin setting up your course home page, consider the needs of your students: – What information is most relevant to them as students in your course? – What course materials and supplementary materials will they need? – How can you maximize your course home page to include relevant information?
  4. 4. Widget-based Home Pages• At-a-glance, what do you want students to see? – Course news and updates – Important dates and reminders – Links to course content – Links to supplementary materials – Relevant RSS feeds
  5. 5. 9.4.1 Standard Home Page with News & Widgets
  6. 6. V10 Widget Layout Options • Suggestions: – Maximize the use of screen space – Don’t repeat things in widgets and nav bars – Encourage your students to enter course through home page, as much as possible 8 Layout Choices
  7. 7. Two Equal Widget Columns
  8. 8. Large Column on Left
  9. 9. Three Column Layout
  10. 10. Three Contest Entries
  11. 11. Replace stringsThree Embedded Polls
  12. 12. Building Custom Widgets
  13. 13. Laura Gibbs - OU
  14. 14. Full Custom Home Pages• Any webpage/site can be used as a custom home page in D2L.• Examples: – Course blog – RSS aggregator – Any course-specific web page
  15. 15. Custom Page Example
  16. 16. Personalizing theLearning Space
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Adding Names in the LE• {FirstName} • Tools where this works: – Each user’s first name • News: (Headline, content)• {LastName} • Discussions: (subject and message) – Each user’s last name • Content Topic: When you• {OrgName} create a new file – College/District org • Dropbox: Folder instructions & feedback name • Quizzes: all custom boxes• {OrgUnitName} • Checklist: Name and Description – Course name • Groups: Description
  19. 19. News Item – withoutReplace String
  20. 20. News Item – withoutReplace String
  21. 21. News Item – withReplace String
  22. 22. News Item – withReplace String
  23. 23. News Item – withReplace String
  24. 24. In Quiz Introduction
  25. 25. In Quiz Introduction
  26. 26. In Quiz Introduction
  27. 27. In Quiz Footer
  28. 28. In Quiz Footer
  29. 29. In Quiz Footer
  30. 30. In Quiz Questions
  31. 31. In Quiz Questions
  32. 32. Example from CU Boulder Assignment Feedbackassett.colorado.edu/d2l/replace-strings
  33. 33. In Custom Widgets
  34. 34. In Custom Widgets
  35. 35. IntelligentAgents
  36. 36. 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.
  37. 37. 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
  38. 38. 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
  39. 39. Advantages of Using Agents1. Increases communication between instructor and student2. Personalized message, doesn’t look like a canned response.3. Send links to other resources, tutorials, tutoring center, etc.
  40. 40. Possible Disadvantages1. 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.
  41. 41. Go to Edit Course
  42. 42. Determine Criteria
  43. 43. You can do both
  44. 44. This email was onlysent to the instructor
  45. 45. Denver,Colorado

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