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End-of-Semester D2L Tips

At the end of each semester, there are a few housekeeping practices that D2L users should follow--both students and instructors--to neatly wrap up the semester. These tips will help ensure that you are able to have continued access to the resources you wish to keep available.


Here’s what D2L instructor’s need to know about the end of a semester:


New address for OIT website

Starting April 5, the OIT website’s primary address will be http://oit.colorado.edu. Through the transition process to new hosting, we have ensured that links going to any page with an address of www.colorado.edu/oit will be redirected to that same page on http://oit.colorado.edu. Regardless, if you have bookmarks or links pointing to the OIT website, it is recommended that you update them to reflect this change.

Free Online Training with Lynda.com

CU Boulder faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students all have access to thousands of high-quality instructional videos at lynda.colorado.edu. Courses are designed for all levels of learners and available from any location with internet access. Best of all, it’s all available to you free of charge. Just go to http://lynda.colorado.edu/ and log in with your CU Boulder IdentiKey.

Here’s just a small sample of some of the courses you can access now:

Campus-Provided Software

Why shop around for software when in many cases you can get it through the campus for discounted prices or in some cases no user fee at all.  The campus site licensing webpage is your key to finding the best deals on our campus for Microsoft office applications and operating systems for faculty and staff computers, as well as academic-related software for statistics, graphing, math and research for students, faculty and staff.

Captioning for the Classroom and Web: How and Why to Caption Your Video Content

Do you have video content in your course or on your departmental website? Consider captioning it!

Universal Instructional Design Resources

CU Boulder is committed to fostering an accessible campus environment and offers a host of universal design resources and services to help you ensure your content is accessible for all learners. As a new semester starts, here are the tools, services and learning opportunities that instructors and content developers will find most useful.

Universal Design and Introduction to Accessible Materials: a video explanation of the principles of universal design.


Unlock Access with SensusAccess Document Converter

As part of CU Boulder’s commitment to fostering an accessible campus environment, OIT licensed a service called SensusAccess, which allows anyone with an @colorado.edu email address to upload a document and have it automatically converted to an accessible document type. By following four easy steps on the CU Boulder SensusAccess form, the document you upload is converted into an alternative, accessible format and the result is delivered in your email inbox.

Clicker Update, Instructor Clickers & Clicker Training

Spring 2017 is upon us and there are some major changes to the CUClicker service. The first is an unexpected software update. Because Apple changed the way third-party applications install in the Sierra OS environment, we need to update the i>clicker software mid-year. If you already have i>clicker (version 7.4 or higher) installed and running on your computer, then you don’t need to make any changes this semester.


Instructor Start-of-Semester D2L Tips

With winter break winding down, it's time to prepare for your spring courses. If you're planning on using Desire2Learn, we have some helpful tips to ease you into the new semester:

Helpful tip #1: Request your D2L course today. It can take up to two days for your D2L course to be made available so the earlier you make your request, the better.


New DocuSign Login Experience

Starting January 13, DocuSign, CU Boulder’s electronic signature application, will have a different login experience. Currently, users log into DocuSign using their @colorado.edu email address and a DocuSign-specific password they created. After January 13, DocuSign will use CU Boulder’s Federated Identity Service and IdentiKey information to access accounts.



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