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: 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.

add moduleModule OptionsModule ActivitiesModule Activities 1Module 1Module 1 optionsModule 2Module 2 DescriptionModule 2 Description part 2



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