D2L Upgrade Information
The upgrade to version 10 includes many new features that will improve both usability and functionality. Although the changes are significant, we will be making every effort to keep the faculty, staff and students informed of changes so that the transition will be as smooth as possible.
The biggest change will be to the user interface. In order to improve the user's viewing experience, D2L will be moving to a 960-pixel fixed width page. Although this change will not greatly effect the overall viewing experience, it is requiring us to make some changes to the structure of the D2L home pages. In other words, we may need to rearrange some of the widgets on the page to accommodate the new page width. Once again, although this change is substantial, we are confident it will result in a better experience for all D2L users.
In addition to the page width changes, D2L has added the minibar to the top of every page. The minibar will include links (such as My Home, Logout, Preferences etc) that traditionally were incorporated into the navigation and various widgets. In v. 10 they are consolidated in one central location, the result is a page that is both cleaner and easier to navigate.
The theme of cleaner and easier is carried into other areas of D2L as well. In previous versions, there were buttons, icons, and links in different areas of the page (left panel, top of the page, icons next to individual items, etc) that were used for adding and organizing content and other items. In v.10 these commands are grouped in easy dropdown menus at the top of the page. Once again, the overall functionality has not changed, the commands are just located in a slightly different place.
Although we still have not gained access to the new version, we will continue to update you on improvements being made in v. 10. Please continue to monitor your email for additional information.
The upgrade has required us to make significant changes to the interface of D2L. In an attempt to prepare the faculty and staff for the upcoming changes we will be holding several preview sessions introducing version 10. We will show the new interface, discuss new features and functionality and hope to hear your thoughts on the changes.
Face-to-face sessions will be held in the IDEA Lab (Polk 7) at the following times:
- Thursday, June 14th: 1:00 - 2:00
- Friday, June 15th 10:00 - 11:00
- Monday, June 18th 9:00 - 10:00
Online sessions will be held:
- Tuesday, June 19th 9:00 - 10:00
Please register for the session of your choice at the Technology Training Registration Page.
NOTE: You will need to login before you are able to register for a session.