eLearning Update

April 2022 - Delta College

Join an Accountability Group to accomplish your summer goals

Summer is almost here! Remember all those things you said you'd accomplish this summer? Don't let them fall by the wayside. Join a support group with your colleagues to hold yourself accountable. Time commitment is as little or as much as you'd like. Sign up to join a group today.

Upcoming Trainings

D2L Brightspace Basics Self-Paced Training

Enroll in a D2L Basics course if you need a refresher on basic course setup including gradebook and how to use assessment/discussion tools.

D2L & Delta Mini-Conference

In case you missed it...recordings from the D2L conference can now be found on Faculty Connect.

Mental health and well-being workshop

Tuesday, April 19th, 2pm

This is an online event.

How can you be at your best for your students? Join Amy Jaster (H&W Instructor) and Nicole Rausch (Instructional Designer) for a powerful session that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and encouraged. Zoom link on Faculty Connect.

Spring Into Wellbeing Flyer with flowers.

Open Help Session

Monday, May 2nd, 9am

This is an online event.

eLearning staff will be available to answer any questions you might have about the D2L Brightspace platform.


Teaching Tip

Finding Information on Inside Delta

Even with a semester under our belts, we are all still getting used to the new website organization. Here's a cheat sheet to finding commonly visited information on Inside Delta:

Academics --> Faculty Connect --> Workshops & Trainings

  • Upcoming Event date and link to join/register
  • Past Recorded Event such as D2L conference or building assessments session
  • Book Club summary and contact person

Academics --> Faculty Connect --> Forms

  • Bookstore commencement rental, textbook requisition
  • Registration grade change, student drop, incomplete, independent study
  • Tuition Waiver for full time faculty and adjunct grant
  • HR and Title IX insurance, retirement, and reporting
  • Testing Center individual testing
  • Room Change

Academics --> Faculty Connect --> Online Learning

  • Accessibility guides for documents & best practices
  • D2L Brightspace Tutorials for the many features available in this space
  • Software & Tools Tutorials for add-on's like Ally, Yuja, TurnItIn, and Respondus

Academics --> Faculty Connect --> Instructional Best Practices

  • Syllabus guidelines for what to include
  • Course Planning using backwards design
  • Assessment guidelines
  • Early Alert

Academics --> Faculty Connect --> Student Resources

  • Bookstore, Counseling, Crisis Support, Delta's Closet, Disability Resources, Food Pantry, Library, Testing Center, Title IX, Tutoring

What's new in D2L Brightspace?

Navigation Bars

On Monday, May 2, 2022, the Default navigation bar for all D2L Brightspace courses will be changed to the 'ELC Nav - Grand' layout. This means that all D2L Brightspace (eLearning) courses that use the current ‘Default’ navbar and all courses created from that date forward, will have this ‘Grand’ navbar. This navbar is nearly identical to the existing default and it's likely that the change won't be noticed.

If you think this 'Grand' navigation bar has too many options for your class/students, consider using either the 'Classic' or 'Minimalist' navbar. Please note that choosing one of these three will greatly help the eLearning team if/when new tools become available and the course navbars need to be updated.

To ensure that you are using one of the three recommended navbars:

  1. Click on the ‘Edit Course’ navbar option.
  2. Click on the ‘Navigation & Themes’ link.
  3. From the ‘Active Navbar’ drop-down list, select the appropriate navbar layout.
  4. Click the ‘Apply’ button.

Intelligent Agents Can Run Hourly

You can (as of tomorrow) set an intelligent agent to run hourly. Existing agents will run on the same timeline they were built for unless you change it to run more often. See our guide and templates for creating your own Intelligent Agent.

PeerMark Peer Review Tool (March)

Interested in peer review? PeerMark (a TurnItIn tool) was recently integrated into D2L Brightspace. To create a PeerMark assignment, select PeerMark from Add Existing Activities in the content module. From there you can add the assignment directions and details. Additional directions can be found on the TurnItIn website.
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