The last step to creating a course in Desire2Learn (D2L) is to activate the course in the D2L library, making it viewable to students. This online training video demonstrates how to activate a course, and deactivate it once the course is ready for archiving.
- [Instructor] Once you've customized D2L modules and added content, the final step is enabling the course to be active so the students can actually see it when logging in to their own D2L homepages. This is one of the easiest processes of D2L in terms of steps, but finding the command to activate can be a little bit tricky. You start in the course administration pane however you get there from your own D2L setup. In our setup, we choose course tools and then select edit course.
Under the site's setup category here in the course administration pane, select course offering information. Most of what you see on the resulting page is informational and indicates things like course ID and other associated data, but what we actually want is buried right down here. Under the heading active is a little check box that indicates whether the course is available for students to review. In our case, the course is active, but if it's not, you just tick the little check box until it indicates that the course is active.
You can also set start dates and end dates for the course if you prefer. Even if you go that route, though, you still need to make sure that the course is set to active. When you're done, hit save. Congratulations, this little saved successfully pop up indicates that your course is now active. When you choose to activate the course is a matter of preference. I leave a course inactive when I'm still tinkering with design and content, but usually try to activate it at least a week before the class begins.
That gives your students peace of mind and makes things easier on you as well.
- Communicating with students
- Developing course competencies and learning objectives
- Setting up a classroom, include a digital dropbox and discussion board
- Adding assignments, quizzes, and exams
- Providing feedback
- Setting up a gradebook
- Customizing Desire2Learn
- Managing discussion boards
- Using Desire2Learn as a student