Breadcrumb TourArchived: Start-of-Semester D2L Tips

Last Updated: 04/17/2019

With the spring semester getting started, we thought Desire2Learn (D2L) instructors might appreciate some tips to make the most of D2L and help you get off to a smooth start:

  • Helpful tip #1: Create your D2L course today. Why wait? You can now create your own courses and make changes without waiting for OIT to create the course for you.
  • Helpful tip #2: If you would like to simplify your course navigation and homepage, you can now choose from several prebuilt options. For example, do you only want to use the content and grades tools? Apply the ToolKit Navbar: Content + Grades.
  • Helpful tip #3: Did you know you have the ability to add TAs to your course? If they are not already in your course, you can add TAs by searching for them and adding them via the Classlist.
  • Helpful tip #4: TAs can only view student data, such as grades, dropbox assignments, etc., for the sections they are enrolled in. Ensure that your TAs are enrolled in the sections they should have access to. Instructions for assigning individuals to sections are available in the Assigning Participants to Sections tutorial.
  • Helpful tip #5: Review our Start Your Semester Off Right checklist to ensure you've thought of everything such as removing special characters from uploaded files or using the Impersonate tool to see your course from a student's perspective.
  • Helpful tip #6: Take advantage of our more than 100 D2L tutorials, with topics ranging from how to take attendance to inserting media files to creating Dropbox assignments.
  • Helpful tip #7: Assure your course documents are accessible with SensusAccess and other accessibility resources, including accessible content templates. If you have an accommodation request to provide captions for your course content, you can receive assistance through CU Boulder’s captioning service.

If you have questions about Desire2Learn, please contact the IT Service Center at or call 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).

Have a great semester!