D2L - Quick Create Course

Last Updated: 09/19/2018
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Desire2Learn will no longer be available after the Spring 2019 semester. Learn more about Canvas, CU Boulder's new learning management system. This tutorial goes through the process of creating a D2L course. 

Note: This process is not supported in Internet Explorer 11. 

Step 1

Log in to MyCUInfo and select the course you would like to create a D2L course for. 

*Note: Use the Term dropdown menu to change the semester you see. 

Step 2

From the Course Specific Tools tab, select Create Desire2Learn Course.

Step 3

Some users see an error warning when trying to create a course. Click Create Desire2Learn Course (Error Detected) for more information about the error. 

Note: If you do not see this error, skip to Step 5.

Step 4

In order to create a course in D2L, your browser must accept third-party cookies. Adjust your browser's cookies settings, then try to create the course again. 

Step 5

Your course information should be displayed. Make any needed changes to the D2L course title and dates, then click Continue

Note: If you change your course title, please let your students know what the new title is so they can find your course in D2L. Be sure to set your course start and end date to reflect the dates you wish for students to access to the course.

Step 6

While the course is being created, you will see this in-process window. This will automatically close once the course is created. 

Step 7

You will see a confirmation that your D2L course has been created. From this window you can select: 

  • Close to return to MyCUInfo
  • Request Changes to combine courses and add participants
  • Go to Desire2Learn to log in to D2L and begin working in the Course

*Note: You can request changes to a course at any time after creation during the current term. Use the D2L - Request Course Changes tutorial to learn how. 

Step 8

If your course has multiple sections, they will be automatically combined during the create course process. Click the View combined sections link to view all sections included in this course.

*Note: The View combined sections link is not shown for single section (basic) courses.