Learning Design Update: Feedback Requested on Common D2L Framework, D2L Internal Messaging/Email


Email sent on behalf of the Colorado Online @ Learning Design Subcommittee

Hello, 

As part of the transition to the consortial model for Colorado Online @, the Learning Design Subcommittee has been asked to identify a common D2L framework to provide a more consistent user experience for students and instructors. For all courses, this framework includes a common course navigation bar and course homepage layout. For fully online courses, this framework also includes a common D2L content tool organization structure. Additional details about the framework can be found below.

The Learning Technology Subcommittee has also requested your input on D2L Internal Messaging/Email. Additional information regarding these options has been built into the feedback survey.

Your opinion matters to us and we want your feedback!
Elements of the framework will be used by all institutions within CCCS, so we want to make sure that we have heard from all of you.

Additional Details about the Common D2L Framework
Our team of faculty, instructors, learning designers and administrators began researching and creating a streamlined, consistent, and mobile-friendly course framework for you and your students during the late spring 2021 semester.

  • This work has focused around providing a consistently structured D2L experience for both students and instructors across colleges and course types.
  • The common D2L framework includes a common course homepage layout and course navigation bar for all courses, as well as a content tool organization structure for fully online courses.
  • This framework will serve as the base structure for all Colorado Online @ courses; whether you are populating the framework with your own content/activities, using a ready-to-teach course that has been developed though a collaborative Colorado Online @ process or something in between.
  • If you teach courses in other formats, such as face-to-face, hybrid or something other than fully online, your courses will have the common course navigation bar and course homepage layout applied. 
  • The course homepage layout of the framework includes 4-new widgets:
    • Welcome Window
      • Pop-up window that introduces students to the course, by allowing you to spotlight important information that is pulled from the course content tool.
    • Profile Card
      • Allows for the course instructor to introduce themselves to students with an inline, editable template.
    • Slim Announcements
      • Reduces the overall size of announcements with the addition of “Read More” to help students identify new and relevant information quickly, without scrolling.
    • Content Navigator
      • Allows users to quickly and efficiently access course content and view progress and completion at a glance across multiple content modules.
  • From the instructional perspective, if you teach at more than one institution, you will have a more uniform experience from college to college.
  • From the student perspective, regardless of which college they are taking online courses from, or what types of courses they are taking, students will have a more consistently structured experience, reducing the cognitive load that it takes to start learning in a new course.

Thank you,
The Colorado Online @ Learning Design Sub Committee

Technology Update: D2L Single Instance Example

Surveys conducted in the Spring showed that the majority of faculty and students want to be able to login from one home page to access all of their courses rather than having to login to separate instances of Desire2Learn for courses taught by CCCOnline and/or other colleges. In order to make this possible and streamline backend processes, the Steering Committee approved moving to a single instance of D2L at their August 2021 meeting. The transition will be managed by Frank Vazquez, Director of Academic Technology, in coordination with a project team comprised of LMS coordinators from across the Colorado College System, the Learning Technology Council, and the Colorado Online @ Technology Team.

The following images are examples of how D2L could look under the new single instance model.

Screenshot example of what a Lamar Community College student will see when they sign into the one instance D2L platform.
Figure 1 is an example of what a student, whose home school is Lamar Community College (LCC), could see when they sign in. The home page displays the LCC logo, both system and college-level messages, and both courses they are enrolled in — one offered by LCC, the other one offered by Red Rocks Community College (RRCC).
Screenshot example of what Lamar Community College student sees when they click into a Lamar Community College class link on the one instance D2L platform.
Figure 2 shows an example of what the LCC student could see when they click into their LCC class.

Screenshot example of what Lamar Community College student sees when they click into a Red Rocks Community College class link on the one instance D2L platform.
Figure 3 shows what the LCC student could see when they click on the link to their RRCC class.
Screenshot example of what Red Rocks Community College student sees when they sign into the one instance D2L platform.
Figure 4 is an example of what a student, whose home school is Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), could see when they sign in to Desire2Learn. The home page displays the RRCC logo, and students can access system-wide and college-wide messages, as well as classes they are enrolled in at FRCC and other schools within the Colorado Community College System.

Screenshot example of what Red Rocks Community College student sees when they click into a Front Range Community College class link on the one instance D2L platform.
Figure 5 shows that when a RRCC student clicks on their FRCC class, the FRCC-branded home page opens.