D2L - End of Semester Practices and Tips (UW-Madison)
UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.
Some end-of-semester "good housekeeping" practices for your D2L course sites regarding copying components, course site availability, and backups.
Copying components to a new courseIf you plan on repeating a course or otherwise want to copy components from an existing course into a new one:
Course site end dateBy default, all course sites close soon after the end of the semester (date chosen by registrar).
As an instructor, you have access to change that end date and keep the course active longer than the default time:
D2L - Limiting Student Access to a Course (UW-Madison)
This process is often helpful when there are students that need course access in order to finish an incomplete.
Backups and archivesMaking backup copies is always a good idea. Within D2L there are a number of ways to make offline copies of your course materials.
Gradebook -- D2L - Exporting Gradebook Data to an Excel .CSV File (UW-Madison)
Dropbox - D2L - Downloading Student Dropbox Submissions (UW-Madison)
Content - Learn@UW - Options for Downloading Content from a Course
You can also archive your course structure (or selected components of your course setup) to a zipped file.
NOTE: Archiving components in this manner only copies the structure of your gradebook, dropbox, discussion board, etc. for future use. The actual grades, dopbox files, discussion messages, etc. are not copied. To copy that data, please use the methods above.
D2L - eGrade Submission