Enroll People in Your Course

You can add students, faculty, and teaching assistants to your course at any time, as long as the individual you want to add has a PSU ODIN account. Students and instructors are generally added automatically via the Banner registration system.

If you think there is a problem with the automatic registration process in your course, or have any questions about adding people to D2L, please contact the Faculty Support Desk.

Add Participants

  1. Click on People and then Classlist from the navigation bar in your course.
  2. Click Add Participants and then Add existing users.
  3. Scroll down to the Add Existing Users section, and search for the person you want to add.
  4. Select the checkbox to the left of the user's name in the search results. Select a Role (see below) and Section.

    • Guest faculty and TAs automatically have access to all sections, just pick any section here.
  5. Click Enroll Selected Users. You should receive a confirmation notice.

NOTE: The most common reason for a user not to appear in the search results is because they are already enrolled in your course. Double check the Classlist.

Participant Roles

TA Roles

  • TA - Grader: Low-level access. Grading only.
  • TA - Teaching Only: Mid-level access. Post in discussions, create news announcements, and grade.
  • TA Course Building: High-level access. Edit course shell with instructor-level access. Cannot activate the course, change the start/end dates, or copy content from one course to another.

Student Roles

  • Added Student: Full student access for users not enrolled in Banner. Must have an ODIN username.
  • Incomplete Student: Access to course after end date.

Faculty Role

  • Faculty Guest: Instructor level access. Cannot activate, start, or end a course.

Add a Banner Image to Your Course Home Page

You can choose to display a banner image at the top of your course home page in D2L, using a stock image from D2L, or a custom image from your computer.

This image will also be displayed as the thumbnail for you and your students when you select the course from your D2L homepage. Here's an example of a course banner:

Use a Stock Image
Use a Custom Image

Use a Stock Image for Your Course Thumbnail and Banner

Daylight includes a repository of 3000+ stock images that you can choose from to customize your course.

  1. Find the course you want to edit on your D2L homepage, and hover over
    the picture above the course title.

  2. Click the icon with three dots in the upper right corner of the image, and click Change Image from the menu.

  3. On the Change Image page, use the search bar to enter an image keyword (e.g. "art", "science", "writing", or "engineering"), and hit the enter key on your keyboard. You can also browse for an image in the list, but it may take a while for the images to load.

  4. When you find an image you like, hover over it, and click the Use this Image button.

  5. The new image should now appear above the course title on your homepage.
  6. Click to enter the course, and click Course Admin from the navigation bar.

  7. Click on Course Offering Information from the list.

  8. Check the box under Homepage Banner.
  9. Click Save.
  10. Browse back to your course homepage to view the new banner.

Use a Custom Image for Your Course Thumbnail and Banner

If you don't want to use one of the stock images provided by D2L, or have designed your own image for your course, you can upload the image and display it with the following instructions.

Note: Because the D2L web page uses a responsive layout, your image may look different, depending on the size and resolution of the screen you're viewing it on. The recommended banner dimensions are 2400 x 980 pixels.

  1. From your course, click Course Admin from the navigation bar.

     

  2. Click on Course Offering Information from the list.

  3. Click the Browse button at the top of the page.  Use the My Computer option to upload the image, and click the Add button to finish.
  4. Check the box under Homepage Banner.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Browse back to your course homepage to view the new banner.

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.

Change Course Start and End Dates

As the instructor, you have total control of the start and end dates of your D2L course. The term start and end dates are entered by default for every course, but you can change them.

NOTE: Don't forget to activate your course. Your students can't see or access the class until you have activated it, regardless of start date.

  1. Open your course, and click Course Admin from the menu bar.

  2. Click Course Offering Information.

  3. Scroll down to edit the Start Date and End Date fields as needed.
    • Check the Course has start date or Course has end date checkboxes to activate date restrictions.
    • Start and end dates are not required, but are generally recommended for single-term courses.

  4. Click Save.

Activate Your D2L Course: Make Your Course Visible to Students

By default, D2L course shells are inactive, and invisible to enrolled students until activated by the instructor, regardless of start and end dates. If you need to activate your course, you can do so on the same page as step 4.

On your home page, after the name of the course, inactive courses are marked with Inactive on the thumbnail image.

    1. From your D2L home page, click on the course that you want to activate.
    2. In the navigation bar, click Course Admin from the navigation bar.

    1. Click on Course Offering Information from the list.

    1. Scroll down to the Active section and check the box for Course is active.

  1. Click Save.

Log in to D2L and Pin Your Classes to Homepage

Before you can access D2L, you'll need access to your PSU Odin account. Your Odin account provides you with online access to teaching software, HR information, library resources, email, and more. If you don't have your Odin account yet, contact the Office of Information Technology to get started.

CAUTION: Learn how to protect yourself from cyber security threats on the OIT website. Never email your password. No PSU employee will ever need your ODIN password to help you.

Log in to D2L

  1. Use a web browser (like Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox) to browse to d2l.pdx.edu.
  2. Click on the PSU Login button for PSU Faculty, Staff & Students (Odin Account).
  3. You should now see the PSU Single Sign On page.
  4. Enter your Odin Username and Password in the text boxes.
  5. Click the Login button.

Access and Pin Your Courses in D2L

  1. Click the Select a course button at the top of the navbar.
  2. Search for the course and desired term (e.g. MTH 101 Summer 2018) in the search box and press enter.
  3. Find the course you wish to pin and click the pin icon to the right of the course name. 
  4. Refresh the page or click the D2L home button to see your pinned courses.

 


Add Homepage Widgets

You can change your course homepage by reorganizing or editing widgets. For instance, you can move the News tool, or remove the Calendar widget that appears by default. To do this, you have to create a copy of the default homepage, and edit the copy.

  1. Click on Course Admin and then Homepages.
  2. Find the course template you want to modify in the list and click the down caret to the right of the name.
  3. Click Copy.
  4. Click on the copied homepage from the list.
  5. Enter a Name and add information to the other optional fields.
  6. Scroll down and click the Add Widget button.
  7. Select widgets from the list and click Add.
  8. Drag and drop widgets to organize as needed.
    • To remove a widget, click on the item, and select the X in the upper right corner.
  9. Click Save and Close.
  10. Under Active Homepage select your updated homepage from the list.
  11. Click Apply.