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D2L Intelligent Agents - June 2012


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An update to a slideshow I did a few years ago about using Intelligent Agents in Desire2Learn.

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D2L Intelligent Agents - June 2012

  1. 1. Desire2Learn Intelligent Agents (Sadly, they’re also secret agents)Barry Dahl, Sr. Community
  2. 2. Desire2Learn Learning Suite State of the Art Platform • Agile • Scalable • Intuitive • Reliable • Secure • Accessible
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Go to Edit Course
  9. 9. Determine Criteria
  10. 10. You can do both
  11. 11. About Emailing Students• If you choose to have the agent send an email directly to a student, you should:a) Include your email address as a CCb) Add text to the email telling them to “Reply All,”c) If they just reply to the agent, you will not receive it.
  12. 12. This email was onlysent to the instructor
  13. 13. Check out theD2L Community