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2022FA Faculty Semester Guide

Updated: August 8, 2022

Got questions? This page is full of resources to the questions folks are asking most frequently about 2022SU. Don’t forget to check for additional resources at https://tl.ssc.edu/ or email ssconline@ssc.edu for additional assistance.

Things You Need to Know Before the Semester Begins

D2L Subscription Training / Brightspace Community

TL Live Training Calendar

Best Practices for Basic D2L Content

Chat with D2L Technical Support

Getting Started with Simulcast/Dual Delivery and/or Lecture Capture

Getting Started with Bongo

Scheduling a Meeting and Launching Bongo

Cross-listed/Dual Delivery Courses in D2L

Using Groups and Restrictions to Assign Quizzes or Other Activities

Getting Started with the Promethean Titanium ActivPanel

Getting Started with the Epson Brightlink Projector

Learn More About Our New Bookstore

Outcomes Assessment – Rubrics at SSC – General Education and Course Level

Things You Need to Know About Grading

Entering Attendance Verification in D2L

Entering Active Pursuit and Midterms in D2L

Entering Final Grades in D2L

Faculty Q&A on 2021FA Dual Delivery Courses – August 12, 2021

Dual Delivery Classroom Equipment – August 13, 2021

D2L Course Copy – Copy Previous Course Content to a New Term Course Shell

Great news! You do not need to recreate your course content every semester. It is easy to roll it over from a previous term.

  • In D2L, enter your current course.
  • Go to Course Tools (or More) →Course Admin →Import/Export/Copy Components.
Course Tools Course Admin
Import/Export
  • Choose “Copy Components from another Org Unit” and select “Search for offering”.
Course to Copy
  • Type in your course ID you want to copy “from” (for example: BIO) and Search.
Course Copy Search
  • From the search list choose the course you want to copy “from”, then select “Add Selected”
Copy Selected Course
  • At the bottom of the screen, you have two options: Copy All Components (entire course) or Select Component (perhaps you just want to copy a few quizzes).
Copy all or selected

  • If you choose Select Components, select what you’d like to copy then Continue.
  • Copy Select Components

  • Course content should then copy from a previous course to a new course shell.
  • D2L Course Copy – Share Content with Another Instructor

    There are times when instructors may want to share their course content with another instructor or create a backup of their course for future reference.  This is done by exporting your D2L course as a Brightspace course package (zip).  This package (zip) can then be shared with another instructor to import into their course or saved in a secure location as a course backup.  

    Step 1: Export your course as a Brightspace package

    • In your D2L course, go to the Course Tools > Course Admin.
    Course Tools > Course Admin
    • Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
    Course Admin > Import/Export/Copy Componets
    • Select Export as Brightspace Package > Start.
    Export Bright Space Package > Start
    • Select Components to Export > Continue.
    •	Select Components to Export > Continue
    • Important! – Under Additional Components to Export, select Include course files in the export package > Export.
    Additional Components to Export, select Include course files in the export package > Export.
    • The Export will start.  You’ll be notified on the Updates Alerts icon in D2L when the export is ready to download (orange dot indicates new notification).
    the Updates Alerts icon in D2L when the export is ready to download.
    • Select Export Finished in the Updates Alerts to download the Export Package (zip).
    •	Select Export Finished in the Updates Alerts to download the Export Package
    • Click to download the Export Package (zip).
    download the Export Package
    • Save zip file to a secure location.
    • Send this zip file to the instructor you are sharing your course with.
    • That instructor will now go to Step 2 for directions to import the zip file into their course.

    Step 2: Import the Zip file into a new D2L course

    • In your D2L course, go to the Course Tools > Course Admin.
    Course Tools > Course Admin
    • Select Import/Export/Copy Components.
    Course Admin > Import/Export/Copy Componets
    • Select Import Components from a course package > Start.
    Import Components from a course package > Start.
    • Under Import Course Package, select Upload then browse to the zip file shared with you.
    Upload then browse to the zip file
    • When the file upload is complete, select Import All Components.
    Import All Components
    • Based on the size of the course content being imported, this process may take a few minutes.  When complete, select View Content.
    View Content

    Once the course is imported, there are a few cleanup items you will need to check:

    • Syllabus:  Remove the old course syllabus and upload the new course syllabus.
    • Announcements: delete any old announcements that was in the previous course (Course Tools > Course Admin > Announcements).
    • Modules: Review the content within the weekly modules to determine if content is in the proper order and is visible to students.  Hide or delete any content you do not wish to use.
    • Assignments: Review and edit assignments.  Double check the scores of each assignment to make sure they match with your syllabus.  You can also change due dates individually or bulk edit to change due dates for all assignments.
    Bulk Edit
    Change Assignment Due Dates
    • Discussions and Quizzes:  Just like with assignments, edit dates, scores and review content within the discussion forums and quiz questions.
    • Grades: Select Grades > Manage Grades to determine if the gradebook is set up properly and matches with your new syllabus.
    • Dual Delivery Course?  If teaching a dual delivery course, set up your virtual classroom meeting dates in advance.  Select Virtual Classroom > Plus sign (lower right hand) to repeating virtual meeting dates.
    Virtual Classroom
    Create Virtual Classroom
    Virtual Classroom

    If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact the Teaching and Learning Center team by emailing:  ssconline@ssc.edu.

    What’s New in D2L?

    D2L is a cloud-based learning management system that updates each month with new features and improvements.  This page summarizes these monthly improvements to keep instructors up-to-date and provide information to improve course content.

    August, 2022

    Display Personal Pronouns

    Grading

    • When evaluating student assignments using D2L’s annotation feature, instructor can now use the new undo/redo button. Previously, the only way to remove the annotation was to use the eraser tool.

    Media Library Updates

    • Early updates shown below provide information on the new streaming Media Library.
    • Under Insert Stuff, the Media Library is now an option. This allows instructors to upload video in multiple places in D2L.

    Quizzes

    • Instructors now have the ability to restore a quiz they may have deleted in error.
    • Under Quizzes > More Actions > There is now a restore option.

    May, 2022

    Video/Audio and the New Media Library

    • Under the advanced editing option on any video uploaded to D2L, there is now an optimize for streaming button.
    D2L Streaming Media

    D2L Pulse Mobile App

    • Brightspace Pulse users can now use @mention push notifications. Originally, @mentions came through the LMS but were only visible if the user opened Pulse and viewed their Subscriptions tab under Notifications. Now, the new functionality sends a push notification to the user when they are @mentioned.
    • Updates and subscriptions in the Pulse App are now aligned to show the same items as the Alert Bell in D2L.

    April, 2022

    Intelligent Agents

    • The Create Agent page has a new modernized user interface.
    • Subject line of intelligent agent emails now supports 128 characters.

    March, 2022

    Announcements

    • Course announcements now have a copy feature.

    New Media Library

    • A streaming media library is now available for D2L courses. New videos posted to a D2L course will be placed in this streaming media library. Videos previous uploaded to D2L will not be automatically transferred to this new media library, so instructors will have to manually transfer.

    Workflow improvements for Media

    • When creating new video and audio, instructors no longer must wait for the uploaded media file to process. While the media file remains unavailable during processing, instructors can navigate away to work on other tasks. When processing is complete, instructor will be notified.

    February, 2022

    Content – Print and Download Buttons

    • The Print and Download buttons are now better positioned when viewing content within a module.
    Print and Download
    Print and Download

    January, 2022

    Video/Audio and New Media Library

    What improved?

    • Table of Contents: Instructors can apply meaningful segments to larger videos.
    • Audio Generated Closed Caption: Instructors can select language, with the ability to edit.
    • Video Editing: Minor video editing is available – Seek, Mark and Cut.

    How to implement?

    • Within a module in your course, select Upload/Create, then Video and Audio.
    • Video will take a few minutes to process after uploading.
    • Select Advance Settings after the video uploads to gain access to these new features.
    • See Full Directions (SSC uses Classic Content).

    Bongo Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments (webinar recording and resources)

    Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments are two Bongo integrations directly accessed through your D2L course.

    Virtual Classroom is used to schedule meetings with your students, with the option of recording and automatically saving the recording in your D2L course so students can re-watch.  Virtual Classroom has similar features to Zoom, such as sharing screen, polling and breakout rooms.

    Video Assignments provide an additional resource to increase student engagement by allowing students to record class presentations remotely, answer text questions with a timed video answer, and/or answer questions that overlay upon an instructor’s pre-recorded mini-lecture or video. Video Assignments allow for grading with scores passed directly to your D2L gradebook.

    Below is an archived recording of this online webinar from the Teaching and Learning Center:

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