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D2L - Instructor Support

Last Updated: 04/03/2017


Information and step-by-step tutorials demonstrating how to use D2L.

D2L Icon Help PDF

Learning D2L - Resources, Tutorials, Videos for Faculty

Instructors have access to step-by-step instructions and video tutorials right inside of D2L. You can read, watch, and learn at your own pace. 

  1. My Courses- A course titled "Learning D2L - Resources, Tutorials, Videos for Faculty". 
  2. D2L Help - OIT published D2L how-to documentation.

OIT - D2L Tutorials

OIT provides many step by step tutorials to help instructors create and manage their courses. We recommend starting with the Instructor Tutorial List, which groups them all by teaching and learning activity and is easy to browse. Or, you can choose from the topics listed below.

Teaching & Learning Activity Description
Managing Your Students These resources demonstrate how to work with course rosters and the Classlist section of Desire2Learn.
Creating and Managing Course Content Learn how to: add, manage, and organize content.
Managing Assignments Learn how to use the Dropbox tool of Desire2Learn.
Creating Quizzes Learn how to use work with the Quiz tools within Desire2Learn.
Fostering Discussions Learn how to use features and tools from within the Discussion section of Desire2Learn.
Grading Students Learn about all things associated with grades within a Desire2Learn course.
Organizing Students into Groups Learn how to use features and tools associated with Groups within Desire2Learn.
Customizing the Course Homepage Learn how to use features and tools that are associated with the home page of a course.
Other Topics Learn about other features and tools of Desire2Learn not associated with any of the above sections.

Note: OIT will publish additional tutorials and support resources as they become available.

D2L - Quickstart Sheet

OIT provides a document that explains some common D2L icons and their functions, as well as links to some of the most helpful tutorials for effectively using D2L. OIT highly recommends instructors to download this D2L Quickstart sheet if using D2L for the first time as their online learning tool.

Communicate with Students About Using D2L

If you are using D2L this semester, here are some suggestions about how to communicate that to your students. Students will most likely have courses that use CULearn too. This might cause confusion for them so your communication could be very helpful.

  • Add information about it to the syllabus. Here is some text you could use:

This semester we will be using a tool call Desire2Learn (sometimes referred to as D2L). We will be using it to <<fill in the blank>>. 

To access D2L, go to: https://learn.colorado.edu/.
You can log-in to site using your IdentiKey username and password.
Once you log-in, click on our <<course code and title>> to go into our course.

Please visit http://oit.colorado.edu/d2l/students to watch videos and learn more about using D2L.

If you run into any problems using D2L, contact that help desk at: help@colorado.edu or at (303) 735-HELP.