McGraw-Hill Campus now available via D2L

We now have the capability to tap right into the McGraw-Hill Campus resources directly through D2L.

To connect with McGraw-Hill Campus in your course, go to the Content area and either add a Module or under an existing Module, click “Add Activities”; next select “External Learning Tools”; under the second drop-down menu options entitled “External Learning Tools”, select “McGraw-Hill Campus”


then select “Insert”. This will add a link to McGraw-Hill Campus as a Topic in your course. Once it is added, locate the link in the Content listing and click on it. This will take you to the McGraw-Hill Campus site where you can select your textbook by Title, Author or ISBN.

This connection allows a single-sign on way for your students to access the online course materials.

You should already have set up your McGraw-Hill Campus account so that you can customize the book to meet your course needs.

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D2L v. 10.1: Hide Content (From Students View)

In D2L, there are few ways you can hide content from students. First, you can set content to “draft” mode. This is similar to writing an email that you aren’t yet finished with, saving as a draft, and coming back later to edit and finish. Both topics AND modules can be saved as draft. When saved as a “draft” students cannot view the content. The second way is by setting date restrictions (similar to dropbox, quizzes…etc). From here you can set “start dates” and “end dates” for content AND modules.

How to Set Content as a “Draft.”

1. Go into content, right click on the arrow to the left of the topic, and select ‘Edit Properties.” Then, change the item from “Published” to “Draft.”

Edit Properties

Save as draft

 How to Add Date Restrictions to Items in Content:

1. Go into content, right click on the arrow to the left of the topic, and select ‘Edit Properties.” Then, select “Add Restrictions.” This will make a “start date” and “end date” section appear. Make the appropriate changes to these dates/times.

Edit PropertiesAdd restrictionsstart and end date

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How to Set Up the D2L Binder App (iPad)

The first thing you need to do when you decide to use the Binder app, is make sure everything is set up properly. There are a few steps to go through, each step is listed below in detail (with screenshots).

Steps to set up Binder:

1. Create a Desire2Learn EduDentity Account

2. Download Binder App on iPad

3. Sync Binder App with Maryville Universities Desire2Learn Learning Environment


1. Create a Desire2Learn EduDentity Account:

You first need to create a Desire2Learn EduDentity Account. This account is in addition to your D2L login credentials (i.e. Maryville Username/Password). Unfortunately, this CANNOT be done within the app and HAS to be done within D2L.

You can create this account by attempting to send a document to the binder from within D2L.

How to create an EduDentity Account from within D2L.

1. Go into a course, and select “content.”

2. Locate any of the files from within content, select the arrow to the right, and choose “Send to Binder.”

Send to Binder

3. This will open up a dialogue box and it will prompt you to either log in with your existing EduDentity account OR to create a new one. Select “Create Account.”

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4. This will bring up the service agreement. Select the checkbox confirming that you are over the age of 13, and choose “Accept.”

Send to Binder 35. Next, the registration form will appear. Fill out the form fields with the appropriate information.

Send to Binder 44. Once you create your account, it will ask you if you are “Done” OR if you want to “Resend the Confirmation” email. Select “Done,” and it will tell you “Thank You for Registering.”

Maryville Maryville25. Now go to the email that you provided on the registration form, and there should be an email from EduDentity asking you to activate your account. Select the appropriate link to activate the account. Once selected, it will take you to a webpage that says “Your EduDentity Account is Now Active.”

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2. Download Binder App on iPad

1. Now that your account is created, you can download and use the Binder app.

2. To download on your iPad, access the App Store and search fore “Desire2Learn Binder.”

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3. Launch & Set up the Binder App

How to sync the Binder App with D2L

1. When you first launch Binder you will be asked to log in with your EduDentity username/password. Again, this is NOT your Maryville username/password (you will need this later). This is the account that was just set up above.

EduDentity Account2. After you log in, you are presented with two options: “Fetch” and “Catalog.” Select “Fetch,” in order to set up the link between D2L and the Binder app.

***Note: This only has to be done once (the first time you use Binder).

Photo 2013-01-02 01.26.22 PM12. This will automatically bring up the dialogue box that asks you to input your Learning Environment Web Address. The address is

Photo 2013-01-03 09.59.02 AMPhoto 2013-01-03 09.59.06 AM3. Once you input the web address, select “Connect.” The Binder App will connect to the D2L site, and prompt you to input YOUR Maryville Username/Password. This is possibly different from the username/password you set up above for the EduDentity account.

Photo 2013-01-03 09.59.09 AM4. Again, input your D2L username/password. Photo 2013-01-03 09.59.32 AMPhoto 2013-01-03 09.59.41 AM5. Once it gets done processing, it will automatically take you back to the “Fetch” screen, with a listing of all of the courses you now have access to. All of the content that is loaded into those courses in D2L will now be listed on your iPad.

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D2L v. 10.1: Course Overview & How to Bypass it

One of the newest features in D2L v 10.1 is the “Course Overview” feature within Content. Course Overview is designed for you add text and/or upload a file. The text could be the course description, goals, important dates…etc, while the file could be the syllabus, an image of the textbook, a video introduction by the instructor…etc.

Now, if you fill out the course overview, this will be the screen that students are taken to when they log into content (see below).

CourseOverviewDemo1 CourseOverviewDemo2If you decide to not use Course Overview, the students will be taken to “Table of Contents” by default when they log into content (see below). The Table of Contents is an overview of the entire course, and will include all of the modules and topics within the course.

blankcourseoverview blankcourseoverview2So, you can use Course Overview OR not use it, that depends on how you want to organize and structure the look of the course.

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D2L v. 10.1: Drag/Drop (Within Content) NOT Supported by Internet Explorer

One of the coolest new features in D2L is the ability to drag and drop files from your desktop into D2L and AUTOMATICALLY create content topics. While testing this, i’ve found that this feature DOES NOT work with Internet Explorer.

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The workaround for this issue is simple. If you are using Internet Explorer, you will have to use the “upload files” feature (just like in the previous versions of D2L).

Upload Files

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D2L v. 10.1: Big Changes in Content !

Maryville University is updating to D2L version 10.1 on Friday, January 4th, 2013. With this new upgrade comes a few big changes, specifically in content and discussions. I will be highlighting the content changes below.

For v.10.1, content has be COMPLETELY redesigned (see below).

As, you can see below, content has been redesigned. There are now a few components of content. The first one that you come to is “Course Overview.” This is where you can type a course description and this a good place to attach a syllabus.

10.1 Content

One of the GREAT new features is D2L 10.1 now has a drag and drop compatibility. What does this mean? Basically, you can highlight a document on your desktop and drag it into your course! It will then automatically create. Below is a screen shot of me dragging a syllabus into the “Course Overview” section.

drag and drop

As you can see below, the file is automatically added into the “Course Overview.” This brings me to the next BIG feature for D2L 10.1. IT CAN READ WORD DOCS ! There is no need to download the syllabus out of D2L as students can now read word documents in D2L.


Again, the course overview is a great place to insert your syllabus AND to type in a course description (see below).

course descriptionCourse Overview finished

The next section of the new content area is “Upcoming Events.” Upcoming events draws directly into the calendar. SO, when you are creating items in D2L (dropbox folder, discussion boards, quizzes….etc), and it prompts you to enter in an “end date,” and some prompt you to to “Add to calendar.” If you choose to “add to calendar” it will automatically add that item into the “Upcoming Events” section. (see below). Note: Dropbox folders are AUTOMATICALLY added into calendar now, no need to select “add to calendar,” as that is now only for quizzes and discussions.

Upcoming EventsDropboxDropbox FolderDropbox Folder Due DatesUpcoming Events List

Now, the next section “Table Of Contents.” This section will display all of the items that you have in the course (modules, topics– links, files…etc). This is where you can create new modules, and add topics (like files and links) into content. You can also easily copy course components from previous courses quickly from this area.

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