The course news module of Desire2Learn (D2L) is D2L's main way of posting course announcements, activity descriptions, and other important communication with students. This online training video covers how to create, edit, manage, and delete news announcements, as well as the different kinds of announcements teachers can post.
- [Instructor] One of the biggest benefits of a course management system is how it helps your students stay informed. In D2L, the news tool, which is seen here as a module on the home page, helps keep students up to date on a course's headlines and deadlines. It also functions as a kind of useful archive. If it's your first time using the module, you'll see an invitation to create your first news item. If there's already some content though, just click on the drop-down menu immediately to the right of the News module header, and then the ever so fun to say New News Item, indicated by a plus symbol.
This takes you to the main content interface. At the top, you'll find a placeholder for the news item headline, which will appear at the top of the posting. We'll title our item, Welcome to Freshman Composition. Immediately below this is the content section, where you can type out your text, so I'll just paste some in. Once some text is in the editor, you have a fairly standard range of formatting and alignment choices, as well as options to insert media files, images, and quick links or hyperlinks.
Below the content editor, you'll find availability options. By default, the start date will always appear in a student's feed, but if you want that information hidden, just uncheck the box. You can also schedule postings to appear some time in the future, so they won't actually be displayed in the student feed until you designate. Similarly, you can schedule a date for a news item to be removed, though this setting is not enabled by default. If you're ready to go, just click Publish.
Selecting Publish takes you back to the main news page. More on that in a moment. For now though, let's go verify that this information is present in the home page module, and there it is. If an already posted item needs revision, just click the drop-down arrow next to the item headline, and select Edit, which will return you to the original editing interface. Finally, if you no longer wish to see a posting displayed, click the X in the upper left-hand corner of the news item, which will remove it from your news feed.
It will not however delete it from your students' feeds. To delete an item from all news feeds, click the drop-down arrow next to the item headline, and select Delete, which is indicated by the trashcan icon. Now let's say you're a few weeks into a course with a lot of content on the feed. To manage a whole range of postings all at once, click on the News drop-down menu, and select Go to News Tool, signified by the newspaper icon.
This takes you back to the main news interface. You can add new items if you wish, but you can also reorder items, as well as delete items. You can also search through the news feed for specific terms, which is functionality your students have as well. What you should post on a news feed really depends on what you're teaching. I usually create a post whenever any new content is available, or I've discussed something in class that needs to be documented, like an off the cuff exercise.
I'll also post clarifications and points if I'm getting the same question from multiple students. In an online class, the news module becomes even more critical, because it replaces most face-to-face interaction, and it gives students a single point of reference. Finally, many students find it useful if text from e-mails is also posted to the news page, which diversifies how content is distributed. The ultimate impact of all this posting of course makes course information much more retrievable, and therefore more useful.
- 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