How to Submit an ePortfolio Presentation to a Dropbox Folder

One question I’ve received lately from a few students is “How should I submit my D2L ePortfolio presentation to a dropbox folder.”

Well, I though I’d do a short explanation !

To submit a D2L ePortfolio presentation to a dropbox folder:

1. First, log into your course and select “Dropbox” from the navigation bar. Then, click on the name of the folder you are going to submit to.


2. From the “submit  files” page, select “Add a File.”

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3. The “Add a File” dialogue box will appear. On the left hand side choose “ePortfolio.” This will display ALL of the artifacts that you have in your ePortfolio space.

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4. Locate the presentation you want to submit. Check the radio button to the left of it, and choose “select item” at the very bottom. It will process this request (should only take a second or to), then you will be kicked back out to the original “Submit Files” page.

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5. When you are ready to submit, choose “Submit” at the very bottom of the page.

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That is it ! Once submitted, the faculty can view, grade, and provide feedback just like any other file.

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D2L: Navigation Bar is Back in the Gradebook !

For those of you who don’t know, we recently updated D2L from 10.1 SP4 to 10.1 SP5. With this upgrade comes the return of the navigation bar within the gradebook! Before this upgrade, the navigation bar disappeared when you were in “enter grades,” and there was no obvious way of getting out of the gradebook (see below).

Grades 2Above is the old version where the navigation bar disappeared. Below is the new and improved version !

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D2L: How to Reorder Dropbox Folders

If you use the “Dropbox” tool, one thing you may need to do is reorder the folders. Folders are listed in the order they where created, so if your first assignment was the last folder you set up, it will be at the bottom of the list. It makes sense to put these folders in chronological order.

To reorder Dropbox folders:

1. Select “Dropbox” from the navigation bar, then choose “More Actions” and “Reorder.”Dropbox 1 Dropbox 22. This will bring you to the “reorder” page. Use the dropdown arrows on the right side column (“Sort Order”) to reorder the folders. When finished, select “Save.”

Dropbox 33. When you select “Save,” it will take you back out to the Dropbox main page, and your folders will be in their proper order !

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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 Quizzes: Special Access for Students with Disabilities

It is important in any classroom to provide the necessary support for students with disabilities. One way this can be done is by giving these students extra time for quizzes/tests (this can also be done for students who miss a quiz due to an excused absence).

The “Quizzes” tool in D2L allows for instructors to set up “Special Access” for students that is in lieu of the regular date/time restrictions for the rest of the class. For example, you can give one student time and half to complete a quiz, and that setting would only apply for this one student. You can also set up extra days for any one student to complete  a quiz, so instead of a quiz being due on Monday, you can give some students until Tuesday (great for students with disabilities AND students who miss a quiz due to excused absences).

How to Set Up Special Access for a Quiz:

1. Go into the appropriate course, and select “Quizzes” from the Navigation Bar. Then choose the name of the quiz you want to give special access to.

Quizzes2. This should take you to the “properties” tab within the “edit quiz” page. Select the “restrictions” tab. Scroll down to the bottom to the “Advanced Availability” section.

Restrictions TabAdd users to special access3. This will take you the “Special Access” page. Use the date/time settings to set up the special access, then scroll down and select the check box to the left of the students names who this will apply to. When finished, select “Add Special Access.” Add users to special access34. This will take you back to the quiz “restrictions” tab. You will now see that the students with special access are listed under “Advanced Availability,” and their settings are different than the regular quiz settings.

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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.”

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 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.

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Grademark: How to Display the Markup Icon to Students

D2L has changed the integration of Grademark and D2L (slightly). Before, if you used Grademark, the markup icon would appear to students after a specific period of time (30 minutes). Well, there is a new way to get that markup icon to display, as it won’t display automatically any more.

How to get the “markup” icon to display for students:

1. From within Grademark (when finished marking up document), be sure to input a score in the appropriate area in the upper right hand side of the screen.Grademark Grademark - Copy2. Exit out of Grademark and go into D2L. Select the “refresh” button for the file you were grading. This will pull the score from Grademark into D2L. This tells Grademark that you are finished with the assignment, and that students can now view their “markup”

Grademark 2Grademark 2 - Copy (2) 3. The first two steps will complete the process.

4. Note: You can then choose “use this score,” which will send this grade to the right hand column. Then, when finished (and saved), will be added to the gradebook.

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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.”

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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: News Items Seem to Disappear

We’ve had several reports over the last few days of News Items in D2L disappearing from the Course Home page.

These have all turned out to be from the user “collapsing” the news widget. Once collapsed, the news items no longer appear. Luckily, there is an easy fix to this.

Each widget within D2L has a “collapse” button. So, if you select this button OR ANYWHERE on the widget header, it will collapse the content (see below).

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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.

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