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D2L   © R. Craig Collins, 2006/2008       Temple College Distance Education

Desire2Learn(D2L) is the Temple College classroom management system used in web enhanced, hybrid, and on-line courses;
D2L is used for checking campus wide news, course specific information, class discussions, quizzes, turning in homework, and checking grades.
To access D2L, open your browser to the Temple College home page and choose Student Services or eLearning to access links,
or type in

To D2L Welcome Page items, and Tools

When you first log in you should:
create a new password,
verify your reply to email address, and
update your profile.
Then, you are now ready to access your course and class content.

For more info on items you see on the Welcome page or other tools, click here.

Log In  
D2L Log in screen

You may not be able to log into D2L until just before the semester begins, when student info is transferred.

At that time you will get an email sent to your TC Web Mail account with your log-in ID (username) and password information.

To Using TC Web Mail
Log into TC Web Mail

For first time users, typically your log-in ID AND password are the same as your standard campus log in name. New users click here.

Your log-in ID typically is your
last name +
first initial +
the last three digits of your student ID
Example: John Doe, ID 5551212 would be doej212

Welcome Page items
My Home vs. Course Home
Campus Discussions
Course Home Page items
Choosing a Course
and Course Content

Course Home Page Classlist
Course Home Page Chat

Course Home Page items
Course Home Page Discussions
Course Home Page Dropbox
Course Home Page Quizzes
Course Home Page Grades

To view a short video on using D2L, click here

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My Home vs. Course Home
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D2L "My Home"

D2L 'Home' choices

When you first log in, you are on the Campus-wide D2L welcome page referred to as "My Home".

The "My Home" page displays campus-wide news at the top; as you scroll down you'll find the Welcome Box where you can change Settings, as well as the My Courses widget.

If your courses are not visible, click the [+] box next to the appropriate semester to reveal your class list.

Many learners confuse the "My Home" page with the "Course Home" page... "My Home" is the the place to locate campus news, campus-wide discussions, and to access your courses.

Once you have selected a course, you will then see a new Welcome page with information specific to that particular course. From there you may choose that specific course's
Content, Discussions, Dropbox, Quizzes, Classlist, and Grades.

The "My Home" link returns you to the D2L campus-wide welcome page, whereas the "Course Home" link returns you to the Course specific welcome page.

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The Campus-wide welcome page and specific course welcome pages each may contain a News block. The "My Home" news block is typically at the top of the page, above the Course list, where as "Course Home" news blocks typically are at the top right.

Please read any new items each time you log into D2L, or choose a specific course.

Campus Discussions
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When on the "My Home" page, the link to Discussions will take you to three or four campus-wide discussions.
Typically these discussion forums include:
•improving our eLearning program,
•socialize with the entire campus, and
•getting help, using the Tech Support forum.

More on using the Discussion forums

HELP/FAQ (gray toolbar)
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If you ever need more information than is provided in this quick tour, select either "Help" or "FAQ" on the gray toolbar.

While this quick tour answers questions about Web Mail, TConnect, and D2L before you use the tools,
the D2L FAQ and D2L Help items are meant to be used to answer specific questions once you have logged into D2L.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) includes a section on "How to..." and "Technical Support."
These items should be the first items you look at if you have any question on usage, or if you have any problem.

Help, for all practical purposes is the manual, with details on all aspects of using D2L. If you can't find the info you need in the FAQ, it will be from Help.

If you have a specific issue not addressed by FAQ or Help, go to the Tech Support Forum; you can access this from Discussions.

eMail (black toolbar)
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D2L eMail

Don't confuse the eMail link with the TC Web Mail link, also available from the black toolbar.

TC Web Mail is a full featured email system for sending and receiving emails... the eMail link in D2L can only be used to SEND email; it is best used to drop your instructor a note without starting a separate program. Again, you cannot receive or read email using the D2L eMail link.

DO NOT USE D2L eMail without first verifying your "reply to" address... see the Settings section below for details.

Either type in the "To:" address, or choose the Address book to look up a Temple College D2L user's email address.

Type in your Message, add attachments as needed, and choose [Send] when complete.

The process of adding an attachment is the same as attaching a file to a dropbox. Click here for details.

Settings (Left of Course list)
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D2L Settings

Typically,there is no need to change a lot of settings...
however, when you first log in you should:
create a new password,
verify your reply to email address, and
update your profile.

During the semester, you should take time to View Progress.

Below is a breakdown on all of the items in Settings,
click on the link for details.
-General, Paging, Discussions, eMail, Pager
View Progress

D2L PreferencesPreferences:
Preferences: General, used to set text size; configure Internet access speed, CD drive letter, and computer OS.
Note: Making your text too large can result in toolbars not displaying tool links.

2L Preferences
D2L email preferences
D2L Change Password
D2L Change Profile

D2L Progess tool options

Preferences: Paging, used to control how many users or items display on a page when viewing a grid. Has nothing to do with the Pager.

Preferences: Discussions, used to select how you want to view messages in the Discussions tool.
It is suggested that you check
Display Settings: check box Show the discussion topics list

Preferences: Pager, used to allow you to choose which sound effect is used to notify you a page has arrived. See also Pager

Preferences: eMail, used to set your 'Reply to' address;
this must be changed to your TC Webmail address

Your log-in ID typically is your
last name +
first initial +
the last three digits of your student ID
Example: John Doe, ID 5551212 would be doej212

Other D2L Settings
View Progress

D2L PasswordPassword, used to change your password; you must provide your old password, and enter your new password twice. Passwords are case sensitive

D2L ProfileProfile, used to share your information with fellow D2L users, including email address, picture, phone numbers, hobbies, etc.

  • If you are not comfortable revealing email, phone, hobbies, etc., simply leave those items blank.
  • You may upload a picture of yourself for others to see; click the Change Picture link and browse to the picture you want to upload. The process of adding a picture is the same as attaching a file to a dropbox. Click here for details.
  • When someone looks up your name in the Classlist, they will be shown all the information you have chosen to share.

Locker, see Locker (black toolbar), below

D2L ProgressView Progress, used to select a class and then lets a learner check progress in several areas for that class.

D2L keeps track of when you logged in, and allows you to track your progress on:
Checklists, if used,
Content that you have already viewed,
Discussions, read and forums you have not posted to,
dropbox items you have uploaded and that are empty
Quizzes taken and yet to be taken,
Surveys taken, if available,
and items you have grades for in that class.

Details on using Check progress is included with Classlist

Locker (black toolbar)
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D2L Locker, scroll to browse

D2K Locker file options

The locker is a small (1MB) storage area for files that you can access anywhere you can log into D2L.

While Temple College students are assigned network file storage, (the O:\ drive) this network storage option is typically available only if you are on campus. In order to move files from one computer (say in the Temple College computer lab) to your another (say, your home computer), you may wish to upload that file temporarily to your Locker.

Again, the Locker is not a large storage area, and cannot hold all the files you may need for your class, but it can be useful to move a file to a different computer to complete work on, before turning in.

The process of uploading a file to the locker is the same as attaching a file to a dropbox. Click here for details.

Note, when uploading files, you may need to scroll down the Upload Files dialog box in order to find the [Browse] tool.

Once a file has been uploaded to your locker, you may
-Edit the selected file,
-Move the selected file (if you are using folders to organize the locker),
-Download the selected file (that is, take the file out of the locker and save on your home computer), or
-Delete the selected file.

You probably should download the file to work on it rather than trying to edit the file in the locker.

More files can be stored in the locker if they are zipped. To use a zipped file: save on your computer then right click the file to extract.

Choosing Classes/Content (below News)
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D2L "My Home"

D2L Content page

D2L Content Print or Download

To access your course, scroll down below any campus news to the My Courses Section.

If your courses are not visible, click the [+] box next to the appropriate semester to reveal your class list.

To view a short video on using D2L, click here

Once in your course welcome page, make sure you read any news items specific to your course, and then you can choose the Content menu item on the Gray toolbar.

Think of the Content page of your course as the Table of Contents that allows you to select and read the topics your instructor has uploaded.

Use the [+] tool to expand or collapse options, for easier navigation to the next item you need to read.

Normally you will have a syllabus document to read, followed by the items to cover during the semester.

You may print this page for future use, or download all of the files for off-line use.





If you choose to Download, the resulting collection will be zipped into a single file. Click the file to download and save; after downloading, right click the file to extract.

Unzip download

Classlist (gray toolbar, after selecting a Course)
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D2L Classlist tools

The classlist tool shows all the people involved in your course.

From here, you may view the profile or email or page (see Pager) other members of your classlist, including faculty and students.

Next to your name will be the View progress icon. D2L View Progess

Detailed information on checking your progress is below.

Once you click the D2L View Progessicon, a new page will open.
Verify you are viewing progress for the correct course.
Choose the area of the course you wish to view

Verifying discussion forums read and forums that still need to be posted to are demonstrated below.

D2L View Progess

Chat (gray toolbar)
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D2L Chat



D2L chat session

Chats enable students and instructors to interact with each other in real time. There are two types of chats: personal and general. Personal chats allow the creator to restrict participants, whereas general chats are open to all class members. Only instructors can create general chats.

To participate in a chat:
From the My Home page, in the Temple College Courses widget, select the desired course

On the Navigation bar, click CHAT

Click the name of the chat you wish to enter

At the bottom of the page, in the Message text box, type a message

Click SEND
Press [Enter]
Your message is added to the chat.

To leave the chat, click EXIT CHAT
You are returned to the Chat List pane.

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D2L Pager

D2L Incoming page An incoming page is indicated by a scrolling message, and an audio sound effect, such as a beeping,
if your computer has speakers or headphones.

D2L New Page

D2L New Page window

Note: The Pager can freeze your computer if your multimedia selections are not correct. If your computer freezes, use a different computer to answer the Page, then refer to the FAQ on the gray toolbar for multimedia issues resolution.

For all practical purposes, the Pager is an Instant Message.

Note: the Pager is typically disabled during Quizzes.

Receiving a Page: double click the Pager tool. D2L Incoming page
You will now be able to see who is Paging you, and the message.

Replying to a Page:
In the Message box, type your message
Click SEND

Sending a Page:
The best way to send a page is to select a user from the Classlist and then click the Send Page icon Pager tool

Sending a Page from the Pager:
Double click the Pager icon
Click [New Page]
Click TO and Select the recipient

Regardless of how the Page was started, using the tool is the same:
In the Message scroll box, type the message and click [Send]
If the contact responds, you can continue conversing with each other by typing messages and clicking [Send]
When finished, Click [Close]

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