Oakland Community College

D2L Minute 2 Get It Guides

The Academic Technology Department is always ready to answer questions (email tltc@oaklandcc.edu).

As an added bonus, every week we will send out a short D2L help called A Minute 2 Get It. These just-in-time guides will help you navigate D2L throughout the semester.


November 12, 2013 - There are simple ways to improve the accessibility of your course. The upgraded version of D2L (10.2) includes accessible HTML templates on the Create New File topic page that guarantee accessibility for screen readers, but there are many things you can start doing right away to increase usability for all students.


March 24, 2015 - Do you know that you can track students’ course activities using the D2L Attendance Register? This process is convenient for keeping a record of weekly attendance and customizing registers with schemes to fit the needs of your course.


April 15, 2015 - Do you know that you can use checklists in D2L to highlight important assignments or items for your students to complete?  Checklists are a great tool to keep your students on task.


April 1, 2014 - Do you need to replace your old syllabus with your new syllabus in your new course site? Did you upload the wrong file when creating a content topic? If so, you can now just replace the file in the content topic within the Content area, rather than having to delete the entire topic and create a new one.

July 29, 2014 - Looking for a way to draw your students into your course materials in D2L?  Release conditions allow you to create a custom learning path to define the order students can access materials in your course site.

October 14, 2014 - Do you want to add media to your D2L course site?  You can easily add media such as YouTube videos in D2L using the Insert Stuff feature.

Course Management

April 15, 2014 - Here is a list of items to close out your semester in D2L and prepare for next semester. The list is only a suggestion. Depending on how you use D2L, all items on the list might not apply.

April 29, 2014 - Review these quick tips to ensure a smooth start to the beginning of a new semester.   Follow the links next to topics for more information.

May 6, 2014 - It's been at least 24 hours since you've assigned your course to D2L through Online Services or received confirmation regarding your blended site but you still do not see your course site in your D2L course list. Why?

September 16, 2014 - Need to know quick reminders for each semester?

Course Site Creation

November 27, 2013 - When faculty request a new D2L course site for Winter 2014, it will be created inactive by default. Students will not be able to see or access an inactive course site until you set your course site to active.


May 28, 2013 - In Desire2Learn any deleted Forums, Topics, or Replies in Discussions can be viewed and restored. This is helpful should you accidentally delete a post or if you want to recover parts of a deleted post.

November 4, 2014 - Do you want to engage your students in Discussions?  You may create Group Discussion topics to allow only members of a group to participate in the topic of discussion.  Groups may also be setup for Dropbox folders, allowing students to collaboratively submit assignments.


May 13, 2014 - Do you want to save time while streamlining the process when grading students’ Dropbox submissions? Can it feel overwhelming to click through dozens of Dropbox submissions in larger classes? If so, the following Minute 2 Get It is here to make things a little bit easier.

February 12, 2015 - How is the due date different from the end date for a Dropbox folder?  When a due date is set for a Dropbox folder, students can still submit work after the due date up until the end date, if one is set.


October 9, 2014 - Do you want to email your students on your D2L Classlist?  Are you aware of the D2L email requirements?


March 3, 2014 - Your student’s total or overall calculated grade is called Final Calculated Grade in the Desire2Learn Grades area.

April 22, 2014 - The “Can Exceed” option is available on every grade item and must be checked if you want to enter a grade that exceeds the maximum points designated for an individual item, thus giving students extra credit points on an assignment.

July 22, 2014 - Would you like to organize the D2L Gradebook so it is easy to locate items when grading? Categories can help!

August 28, 2014 - Here are some grading options to keep in mind when setting up your grade book. 

September 10, 2014 - D2L will automatically enroll and unenroll students as they add and drop a class. However, this the integration does not work when it comes to other enrollment/unenrollment scenarios; the ‘N’ Grade scenario, for instance.

November 19, 2014 - If you ever accidentally delete a grade item, don’t panic!  Grade items can be restored. 

December 3, 2014 - It's always a good time to save your grades outside of D2L for backup and future reference.


December 12, 2013 - As has been mentioned before, D2L version 10.2 will have changes that improve the functionality and experience for the D2L user. The changes include a different look in certain areas. One of the changes includes group links on the default navigation bar.

December 3, 2013 - One of the major changes is the new, streamlined navigation. Please watch this video for a quick overview of new and improved features and a more in depth look at the new navigation in 10.2.

November 20, 2013 - A new navigation bar called the Minibar is always present at the top of the screen on every page in D2L 10.2.

April 8, 2014 - Did you copy a course site from a semester prior to the Winter 2014 Semester?  If you have a custom navigation bar (Navbar), then you may want to correct your navigation to the D2L 10.2 default navigation. 


June 24, 2014 - If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, Desire2Learn features a News area which acts as the opening page to your D2L course.

July 1, 2014 - Would you like to personalize a News Item to welcome students to class by addressing a message to them?  You can use a replacement string in News, so students will see their first name displayed in the News message.

August 12, 2014 - Are you ready to end your semester in D2L and prepare for the next semester?  The list of items below is only a suggestion to help you close the semester. 

September 4, 2014 - Review these quick tips to ensure a smooth start to the beginning of a new semester.


May 20, 2013 - After working in a D2L course site, you are trying to recall steps on how-to do something.  You think you’ve got it, and then you realize that you need it!  Check out the new D2L Instructor Help Guides on the ATG web page on a variety of topics to help get what you want done.

June 10, 2014 - Is Desire2Learn down for maintenance? Is Turnitin available for use? The answer to these questions and more can be found on the ATG System Status page.

September 30, 2014 - Various types of D2L support is available for instructors and students. It is important for you and your students to know where to go for help with D2L.  Checkout our new ATG Contact Information.


March 18, 2015 - Do know that you can use D2L surveys to gather information from your students?  Survey feedback is stored in an easy to read and share format. 

User Management

January 24, 2014 - When you give students the ‘N’ grade for non-attendance, they not automatically removed from your Desire2Learn course. You must unenroll the student from your D2L course site if you do not want the student to have any further access.

March 25, 2014 - Your Desire2Learn profile page is a great place to add more personality and flair to your courses.

July 9, 2014 - Would you like to see if a student has posted to various discussion topics in one view? You can do that and more using the User Progress feature in D2L. 

December 10, 2014 - Are you ready to end your semester in D2L and prepare for the next semester?  The lists of items below are only suggestions and may not apply to your course depending on how you are using D2L.


March 11, 2014 - If needed for any reason, you can delete students’ quiz attempts. You can also view attempts that are in progress and submit them for the student, if necessary.

March 18, 2014 - Additional Views can be set up to show more information to students who have taken a quiz, and select a time to release the view to students.  This allows you to release more information to students than beyond what they see upon their initial submission (the default view). 

June 3, 2014 - Are you using quizzes in D2L and finding it time consuming to go over graded quiz scores with students?  Would you like to have students view their quiz scores immediately after taking a quiz by checking their grades in D2L? 

September 24, 2014 - Do you want to use online Quizzes in D2L for your students?  Would you like to select questions for quizzes that are presented in a random order?  Creating a Random Section in D2L ensures each student will receive a random set of questions.

October 29, 2014 - Do you have students that need to retake a quiz in D2L? Would you like to grant special access to a student who might have missed a quiz that is already closed in D2L?  Do you have a student who needs extra time on a quiz?

November 12, 2014 - Do you use Quizzes in your D2L courses?  Would you like to drop the lowest Quiz Score in a group of quizzes?  You can setup Quiz items in the Gradebook to drop the lowest quiz score automatically by following a few easy steps.

February 19, 2015 - Did you know you can require students to enter a password when accessing a quiz in D2L?   Instructors may choose to password protect a quiz as an alternative to setting up special access for students on a quiz.   This allows only select students who have the password to take a quiz.

February 25, 2015 - Do you know how students view your feedback on quiz questions?  They must click within a question to see the feedback when they are reviewing their quiz attempts.