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D2L :: D2L - Getting Started

The following narrated tutorials will help instructors and other course owners get started with a course in D2L at UW-Madison. Some components include click-along exercises, but you can also follow along when indicated below. The entire tutorial takes approximately 17 minutes (if this time commitment is too large, please use the printed "Quick Reference" or "online checklist" linked below).


  1. Tour of D2L: learn about the features and tools of D2L.
  2. Planning and Preparation: learn about how to plan your course to best make use of D2L.
  3. Activating your course: learn about how to activate your course so that students can see it.
  4. Adding a news item: learn about how to add a news item or announcement to your course home page.
  5. Using the Course Builder: learn about the layout and functions of the course builder.
  6. Adding content and activities using the Course Builder: learn how to upload content and to add links and activities using the Course Builder.
  7. Adding Tools to the navigation bar (optional): learn how to add and remove tools from the top navigation bar.
  8. Getting Help: learn how and where to get help with D2L.

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Quick Reference Guides

Quick Reference Guides are printable .PDFs/.DOCs that explain important concepts and tasks within D2L.

  • Introduction 1: Getting Started explains how to activate a course, change links on the navbar, and manage content by adding topics and modules.
  • Introduction 2: News/Classlist show how to add a news item, add participants to the classlist, and how to change roles within the course.
  • Course Builder covers the basics of using Course Builder to set up your course.
  • Quizzing covers how to set up a quiz and create basic questions, such as multiple choice and true/false.
  • Gradebook explains how to set up the gradebook, add a new gradebook item, create grade schemes and enter grades.
  • Dropbox explains how to set up a Dropbox in your course for use with students submitting assignments.
  • Homepage and Navbar covers the basics of customizing your homepage and navbar.

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1 D2L - Attendance Tool (UW-Madison)
2 D2L - Copying Components from One Course to Another (UW-Madison)
3 D2L - Applying Copied Components to a New Course (UW-Madison)
4 Campus Tools to Work Remotely
5 Learn@UW - User's "From" Address is Incorrect in Email Messages Sent
6 Learn@UW - Students Cannot See Text Grades
7 KnowledgeBase Search Tips
8 D2L - Non NetID account Request (UW-Madison)
9 D2L - Get Help (UW-Madison)
10 Learn@UW - Guidelines for Effective Online Discussions (UW-Madison)
11 D2L - Instructor Cannot See a Course in D2L (UW-Madison)
12 D2L - Customizing a D2L Course Homepage (UW-Madison)
13 D2L - Rubric Orientation (UW-Madison)
14 D2L - Modifying the Course Navbar Banner Color or Image (UW-Madison)
15 D2L - What is a SCORM Learning Object (UW-Madison)
16 D2L - Creating Custom Navigation Bar Links (UW-Madison)
17 D2L -Major changes to the Discussion tool in v.10.3 (UW-Madison)
18 D2L - Import Scantron Scores into the D2L Gradebook (UW-Madison)
19 D2L - Changing Info in Automatically Created Courses (UW-Madison)
20 D2L - How to Set or Reset Non-NetID Password (UW-Madison)

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