Tag: Shell

Recording Daily Attendance in D2L

  • On the blue navigation bar, on the far right click on ‘more’ drop down menu and click on ‘ATTENDANCE’
  • Click New Register
  • Enter the Name of the attendance register and other optional properties as needed

NOTE: Students are able to see these attendance registers from your course in Brightspace from the Course Tools menu unless the visibility setting is unchecked.

  • Enter a session name: This example uses attendance for Class Meetings.

  • To add additional sessions to the register, click SAVE, enter the number of sessions to be added, and click ADD SESSIONS.

  • To return and add or remove sessions at a later time, click the drop-down icon to the right of the register and select EDIT REGISTER from the drop-down.


  • From ‘MORE’ on the navigation bar, Click Attendance:
  • Click the name of register.

  • Click the Calendar icon beside session to enter the attendance:

  • Click the Attendance Status drop-down to set each student’s status:
  • Alternatively, set the Attendance Status for students in bulk by selecting multiple students and clicking ‘SET STATUS’


Adding Syllabus to D2L Course Shell

  • Log on to D2L
  • Find your course using the ‘My Courses’ block or the ‘Waffle Board’
Picture of D2L Home Page ‘My Courses’ Block
Picture of ‘Waffle Board’ on D2L Home Page

Once you are in your Course Shell:

  • On the Blue Navigation bar Select : CONTENT
  • On the left hand side of the page select: ADD MODULE
  • Name the Module: Course Syllabus

Click on Course Syllabus Module for next steps

  • Use the blue ‘Upload/Create’ box to add your Syllabus

Once you are done on the bottom of the page in D2L click on ‘Save’.

The Syllabus will show up as a named Module in course content page.

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
  • 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 Reset

    Have you ever copied a previous course into the current term’s course shell and then realized it was the wrong course?  Or have you ever just wanted to start from scratch in your course design of your D2L course?  If so, D2L now has a course reset feature to allow faculty to “start over” with their course shell.

    The course reset permanently deletes everything in the course including all content, activities, grade book items, etc., but does not affect user enrollments. 

    Who can reset a course and where is it found?

    The course reset feature is only available to D2L Admins.  If you’d like your course reset, email your request to the Teaching and Learning team at ssconline@ssc.edu.  Include the course information, such as term, course id and section information in the email.

    What if students have already started using the course?

    If the course has started, it may be too late to start over.  In that case, you will have to delete content, assignments, etc. on an individual basis.