View Content Analytics in D2L

  1. From your D2L course homepage click Content from the Course Navigational Menu.
  2. Click Table of Contents from the left side content menu.
  3. Click Related Tools, and then View Reports.
  4. Scroll through the Content tab to see information about the number of visits and time spent on each content item.
  5. Click the Users tab to see information about the number of content items particular students have clicked.
  6. Within the reporting pages, click any blue, hyperlinked text to see more information.

NOTE: D2L counts clicks, so if a student downloads a file uploaded to the content area, D2L will not register views of the downloaded file.


Use the WYSIWYG Editor

WYSIWYG stands for What You See is What You Get and is a common interface for editing HTML content.

Note: Depending on your screen width and browser settings, your button spacing may be slightly different than the image shown.

Buttons to Insert Items

  1. Insert Stuff: This button lets you embed files and media into your HTML page. Use Insert Stuff to add embed codes from YouTube and Media Space. Use this button also to insert permalinks links to library resources.
  2. Insert Image: Use this button to add images to your HTML page. You can add images files from your computer, existing course files, or via URL.
  3. Insert Quicklink: Use this button to add links to other D2L items, such as Quizzes, Discussions, or Assignments. You can also use this button to add links to external (non-D2L) websites.
  4. Insert Symbol: Use this button to insert special characters such as ©, €, ∞, and other symbols not included on the standard keyboard.
  5. Insert Line: Use this button to insert a horizontal line.
  6. Insert Attributes: Use this button to add alternative text to images already added to your page.

Note: Click the down caret to access buttons 4-6.

Buttons to Format Text

  1. Paragraph: Drop down to to specify the text formatting. Use this button to add headings.
  2. Bold: Make your text bold.
  3. Italic: Make your text italic.
  4. Underline: Add underlining to your text.
  5. Strikethrough: Strikethrough selected text.
  6. Subscript: Add a subscript.
  7. Superscript: Add a superscript.

Note: Click the down caret to access buttons 5-7.

Buttons to Align Text

  1. Indent: Indent your text.
  2. Outdent: Outdent your text. (Move it to the right.)
  3. Unordered List: Create a bulleted list.
  4. Ordered List: Create a numbered list.
  5. Align Left: Align your text to the left.
  6. Align Right: Align your text to the right.
  7. Align Center: Center align your text.
  8. Align Full: Justify your text equally between the left and right margins.
  9. Paragraph Left to Right: Add text from the left to the right.
  10. Paragraph Right to Left: Add text from the right to the left.

Note: Click the down caret to access buttons 4-10.

Buttons to Change Font

  1. Font Family: Change the font (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman, etc.)
  2. Size: Change the text size. It’s best to use the preformatted headings (button 7) as headings provide important accessibility attributes.
  3. Color: Change the text color.

Buttons to Add and Edit Tables

  1. Insert Table: Insert a table and select initial number of rows and columns.
  2. More Table Options: Once a table is added, use the additional table options available here to customize and edit your table.

Button to Add Mathematical Text

  1. Insert Graphical Equation: Add Mathematical text through the D2L graphical equation editor.
Note: If you know other mathematical markup languages, click the down caret to access equation editors employing LaTeX or MathML languages.

WYSIWYG

  1. Expand: Toggle to show all WYSIWYG editing buttons.

Buttons for Editing Actions

  1. Undo: Undo your most recent action.
  2. Cut: Copy and cut selected text.
  3. Copy: Copy selected text.

Note: HTML content can be optimized for accessibility and visibility. See tips to format your HTML content appropriately.


View as Student

You can preview your course with student-level access to see what your students see when they log in. Use this view to test updates, clarify instructions, and troubleshoot problems.

  1. Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the top toolbar.
  2. Click View as Student.
  3. When you are ready to exit student view mode, click your name again, and click the X next to Viewing as Student.

 


Hide Content Modules or Files from Students

You may want to edit course content files and links while your course is active. Use the following instructions to hide modules, or individual files and links, from students. Items that are hidden in draft mode remain hidden until you publish them again.

NOTE: Draft modules and files are still visible to you, your TAs and other faculty in your course. Modules and files are published by default.

Hide a Content Module (folder)

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

  1. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from the list.
  2. On the top right corner of the page, click on the Published link, and then choose Draft from the list.
  3. When you're ready to un-hide the module again, use the Draft link, and select Published.

Hide an Individual Content File or Link

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

  1. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from the list.
  2. Find the file or link you want to hide, from the list.
  3. Click the context menu to the right of the title, and click Edit Properties in Place.
  4. Over to the right of the file title, click the Published link, and then click on Draft from the list.
  5. When you're ready to un-hide the file or link again, use the Draft link, and select Published.

Set Up Content for Your Course

The Content tool in your course is a flexible way to organize and share files and links with your students.

Students typically access Content via the Activities and Content widget on the home page, or via the Content link in the navigation bar.

The Content tool is made up of modules (folders), files, and links. You can use these pieces to make simple or complex structures -- here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Your course content affects the way your students navigate the course. 
    Students may access content in ways you don't expect.
  • Reducing the number of links in content can help keep your content clear, and easy to update.

Understanding Navigation in D2L Content
Where to Start
Decide on a Structure
How to Add Modules, Files, and Links

Understanding Navigation in D2L Content

Getting around in D2L can be one of the most challenging parts of using the tool. Here is the most common point of confusion in the Content tool:

  • Nothing is actually stored in the Content tool. Anything you add or see is linked from a different tool in D2L, or somewhere on the web.

The Content tool is primarily used to display files, like a syllabus, course schedule or weekly readings. Beyond just displaying files, you can go as far as to use the Content tool to organize your entire D2L course, creating a unique navigation structure. This kind of set up is not for beginners, and can be very difficult to maintain. Regardless of the complexity of your course setup, think about the Content tool as a thing that helps students get from place to place in your course.

Where to Start

Take a moment to outline the content you want to present to your students, don't think about the D2L Content tool just yet.

  • How many files from your computer do you want to display in D2L?
  • How do you plan on organizing your files? By week? By topic?
  • Are you using a lot of web resources that students access by links? For example, do you have videos from YouTube, library articles, links to websites, etc?
  • Are you using D2L tools such as the Quiz tool, the Assignments (Dropbox) tool, Discussions, etc? If so, what instructions do students need to know what to do?

Once you have gathered this information, think about how you would present this information if you weren't using D2L at all (with the exception of D2L activities, like Quizzes or Discussions).

Decide on a Structure

If you are new to D2L, try starting with a flat structure, as opposed to a nested structure. An example of a flat structure might be a set of folders, that each contain only files.

A nested structure is more complex; it might have folders, that contain additional folders, creating several layers of content. In order to access the inner-most folders, you have to get through the outer layers. Nested structures are more difficult to maintain. This doesn't mean that you can't use sub-folders (folders inside another folder), but try to use the minimum number of layers possible.

A Note on Links

The D2L content tool allows you to create links, both to internal and external resources. Internal resources are 'inside' your D2L course, things like links to Quizzes, Discussion topics, etc. External resources are web links that have a web address outside of D2L.

External links are great, they can add a lot of richness to your content. Be sure to test all of your links before the course begins, as there is no guarantee that something on the web will still be there at a future date.

Internal links are a bit trickier. They aren't strictly necessary, students can always access activities from the course navigation bar. Consistency is key here, make sure your communication about assignments and tasks is clear, and not spread out across tools and links too much.

How to Add Modules, Files, and Links

Add a Module (Content Folder)

  1. Click on Content from the navigation bar in your Course

  2. Find the Table of Contents column on the left. Scroll to the end of the column.

  3. Enter the name of your module in the Add a module field.

  4. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard to create the module.

 Upload a File from Your Computer

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

  2. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from your list.
  3. Click the New button, and click Upload Files.

  4. Click the Upload button in the pop-up window.

  5. Navigate to the file on your computer, and select it.
  6. Click the Add button from the pop-up window.

Add a Link from the Web

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

  2. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from your list.
  3. Click on the New button, and then Create a Link.

  4. Give the link a descriptive Title in the text box.
  5. Paste the link URL in the text box.
  6. Check the box for Open as External Resource (optional, but tends to work better).
  7. Click the Create button.

 

Add a Link to a Quiz, Assignment, Discussion or Other Activity

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

  2. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from your list.
  3. Click on the Add Link To button, and choose an activity type from the list.
  4. Follow the menu options to select the activity to add.

 


Write Math Equations Using the D2L Mathtype Editor

To create equations that screen reader technology can parse, create mathematical equations through the D2L equation editor.

  1. Find or create the HTML file you would like to edit or make.
  2. Click the Graphical Equation button from the WYSIWYG editor.

     

  3. Use the buttons provided to add your equation.
  4. Click Insert when complete.
  5. Remember to Publish your page when done adding equations.

Create Permalinks to Library Content

Most library resources (articles, streaming media, e-books, etc.) require authentication to view. If you are on campus, this authentication might happen automatically. However, when linking resources through your D2L course, you need to provide a permalink that prompts your students to authenticate. You must find the resource’s permalink, generate a proxied link to authenticate the permalink, and finally upload this complex link to D2L.

Locate the Permalink

  1. The exact location of the permalink to the resource depends on the publisher and database through which access is generated. In general, look for a hyperlink symbol (a chain icon) or a link to share or embed the resource.
  2. Some publishers use DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to link articles. The DOI will look like a series of numbers with some punctuation breaking the numbers into sets (e.g. doi:10.1000/182).
  3. Copy the link.

Generate a Proxied Link

  1. Paste your copied link into the Library's link builder and click Create Link.
  2. Copy the newly created link that appears above the link builder box.

Add Proxied Link to D2L

  1. Use the Insert Stuff button on the WYSIWYG editor to add your link. Do not use Insert Quicklink to add links to Library content. Insert Quicklink will strip away the necessary proxy information, and your link will not work.
  2. Select Insert Link from the menu of items to insert.
  3. Paste the proxied link into the URL field, and click Next.
  4. Add link text and click Insert. The title of the resource is the most common link text to use.
  5. Remember to click Update or Publish when you are done editing or creating your file.

Note: You can also add the link directly to a module. To do so, select New, then Create a Link. Paste the proxied URL; add a link title; select the resource to Open as External Resource; and click Create.


Create or Edit HTML Files (D2L-specific Web Pages)

HTML files in D2L are content web pages that live in your D2L course shell. You can write your files directly in D2L, or paste in files created in Microsoft Word or text editors. If you choose to copy and paste your files, you will need to use the D2L formatting tools to optimize your content for the HTML format.

Create a New HTML File

  1. Find or create the Content Module you would like your HTML file to be located.
  2. Click the New button and select Create a File from within your chosen Module.
  3. Enter a title for your page.
  4. Type into the content field and use the WYSIWYG editor to edit and format your content.
  5. Click Publish when complete.

Edit

  1. Locate the HTML file you wish to edit.
  2. Select the down caret next to the filename and click Edit HTML.
  3. Type into the content field and use the WYSIWYG editor to edit and format your content.
  4. Click Update to save your changes.

 


Upload Syllabus to D2L

The Course Content tool in D2L is used to store files that your students can view and download. Even if you are offering your course in person, students appreciate having course materials available online, and it can save you a lot of time answering syllabus questions over email.

Step 1: Create a Module

A module is D2L's word for folder: it's there to help you organize files.

  1. Click Content from the navigation bar in your course.

  1. Find the Table of Contents column on the left. Scroll to the end of the column.
  2. Type the name of your module in the Add a module field.
  3. Hit the Enter key on your keyboard to create the module.

Step 2: Upload Syllabus to Your New Module

We recommending converting your syllabus to PDF, but a Word document (.docx) works fine too. Using standard, web-ready document types helps ensure that your students can easily access your materials.

    1. Click Content from the navigation bar.

    1. In the Table of Contents column, click on a module (folder) from the list.
    2. Click the New button, and click Upload Files.

    1. Click the Upload button in the pop-up window.

    1. Navigate to the file on your computer, and select it.
    2. Click the Add button from the pop-up window.

 

 


Copy Materials from Another D2L Course

You can copy materials from another D2L course into your current D2L course. To avoid technical errors, we recommend copying all materials from your prior course, and editing the result, rather than copying part of the course piece by piece, unless you are copying single items (instructions for each process are below).

Once you've copied course materials, be sure to check all course content and activity start and end dates, conditions, and hyperlinks to ensure that your students can access the materials.

No student data (grades, assignments, etc) will transfer during the copy.

NOTE: If you are copying course materials from a Sandbox shell, and you are having trouble searching for your Sandbox on step 5, contact the Faculty Support Desk for help. Sandboxes can be difficult to find in some cases.

Copy an Entire Course

  1. Go to the destination course (the course you want to copy into).
  2. Click Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  3. Click on Import / Export /Copy Components.
  4. Under Copy Components from Another Org Unit, click the Search for Offering button.
  5. In the pop up box, search for the course you want to copy information from.
  6. Select your course from the results, and select the button to the left of the entry.
    NOTE: Make sure to search for the correct section number, term, and year. Example search term: "UNST-421-004 Fall 2015"
  7. Click the Add Selected button.
  8. In your D2L settings window, the Course to Copy should now list the course you selected. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Copy All Components.
  9. The following screen should show a progress bar, and
    say Copy Completed with a green check mark when the copy is
    finished.
  10. Click View Content from the list to verify the copy results.

Copy Part of a Course

The following steps are best used for copying a discrete set of files or activity items from one course to another (say, specific files from the Content tool, or a quiz). If you use lots of links to direct students to files and activities, we strongly recommend copying the entire course, rather than part, as it is generally easier to remove content you don't need than to fix broken links.

Once you've copied course materials, be sure to check all course content and activity start and end dates, conditions, and hyperlinks to ensure that your students can access the materials.

No student data (grades, assignment submissions, discussion posts, etc) will transfer during the copy.

NOTE: If you are copying course materials from a Sandbox shell, and you are having trouble searching for your Sandbox on step 5, contact the Faculty Support Desk for help. Sandboxes can be difficult to find in some cases.

  1. Enter the course you want to copy information to.
  2. Click Course Admin on the navigation bar.
  3. Click on Import / Export /Copy Components.
  4. Under Copy Components from Another Org Unit, click the Search for Offering button.
  5. In the pop up box, search for the course you want to copy information from.
  6. Select your course from the results, and select the button to the left of the entry.
    NOTE: Make sure to search for the correct section number, term, and year. Example search term: "UNST-421-004 Fall 2015"
  7. Click the Add Selected button.
  8. In your D2L settings window, the Course to Copy should now list the course you selected. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Select Components button.
  9. In the Choose Components to Copy list, check boxes for item types you want to copy. You can choose to Copy all items or Select individual items to copy.
  10. Click Continue. If you have individual items to select, click the Expand All link to display times to select.
  11. Click Continue.Review your selected items, and click the Finish button.The following screen should show a progress bar, and say Copy Completed with a green check mark when the copy is
    finished.
  12. Click View Content in the list to verify the copy results.