Desire2Learn: Faculty

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Sign in to D2L using your PSC Username and Password.  Your PSC Username is the first part of your PSC email address (before @prairiestate.edu).  If you forgot your password or need to reset it, contact the PSC Help Desk at HelpDesk@prairiestate.edu or (708) 709-7999.


Instructional Design

Information on course design and how to make your content accessible for all learners is available on the Instructional Design website.

Are you moving your traditional face-to-face course to an online format? If so, review the following document that incorporates best practices and D2L. Guidelines for online courses are in the Faculty Handbook for Online Education.


D2L Videos:  

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Faculty presentations: 


Instructional Technologies

Evernote is a note taking app that can be accessed via a mobile device, PC or MAC. Download the app and record your voice to transfer the information to your course shell or documentation. Faculty can add the recorded notes to the feedback area of an assignment or grade items in the gradebook. Faculty can also add the recorded notes to an image to provide a long description of a complex image in a course module in D2L.  

Microsoft PowerPoint.  To add a narrated lecture to your course, review the following information. Narrate your 
power point by adding audio to the individual slides. Narrate, save and download the file. Add the file to YouTube to have it captioned. To learn how to use PowerPoint, click here. To learn how to record audio narration to your presentation, click here. After you create and save your presentation, turn your presentation into a video. Click here to learn how to save your file as a video. To ensure your presentation is accessible to all learners, add the file to YouTube and have it captioned.
Click here to learn how to add captioning to your lecture.

Google Meet. If you wish, use Google Meet to schedule a virtual meeting with students, click on the link to learn more about the tool, Google Hangouts Meet.  You may use the Virtual Classroom tool in D2L or Google Hangouts Meet to hold meetings with students in real time.

Are you interested in creating multimedia content?  VoiceThread “VT” is a software program that enables you to create community in an online learning environment. Click here to learn more about the cloud-based software program. VT offers a free (limited) account and free workshops. One of the nice features of VT is that it is not reliant on Flash software. To learn more, click here. Add your file to YouTube and then have it captioned. Click here to learn how to add captioning to your power point lecture.

Are you interested in creating video for your instruction?  Screencast-o-matic is a software program that enables you to create and share screen recordings. You can create a free account. How-to videos are available on the website. Click here to access the videos.


D2L Instructor Tutorials

These documents are in PDF format and Adobe Reader is required to view them. Download the latest version for free. There is also a course called D2L Faculty Resource Center inside of D2L.

Topic Documentation Type
   
Accessibility HTML Content PDF
Adding Video Content  PDF
Announcements PDF
Assignments PDF
Attendance PDF
Blog PDF
Change the Start and End Date PDF
Chat Tool PDF
Checklists PDF

Adding Content

PDF
Copying Content PDF
Course Backup PDF
Discussions PDF
Discussions - Getting Started PDF
Classlist/Email PDF
Export User List PDF
Getting Started  
Grades PDF
Groups PDF
HTML Basics PDF
HTML:Content and Accessibility PDF
   
Intelligent Agents PDF
Journals PDF

Quizzes
Converting and importing questions 

PDF
PDF
Rubrics PDF
Screen Cast O Matic - Recording your lecture
YouTube - Adding Captioning to recording

PDF
PDF

Seating Charts PDF
Semester Start Checklist PDF
Turnitin - Getting Started PDF

Video Classroom by YouSeeU

PDF
Virtual Assignments by YouSeeU PDF
   
   

Problems/Questions

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