D2L - Master KB: Setting Up for the Semester for Instructors (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.

One stop shop to help instructors get their Desire2Learn (D2L) courses ready for the semester.

  • Unsure whether to use D2L or Moodle?  Click here for a comparison and contrast of the two Learning Management Systems.  (If you have a D2L course you would like to move to Moodle, please see this kb for information on exporting course content from D2L)
  • For information on copying course components from an old D2L course into your current or upcoming course, please click here
  • For a useful setup checklist to follow in setting up your D2L course, please click here
  • For help in activating your course, please click here
  • Course Design and Customization
    • D2L has a Course Design and Setup Checklist tool, click here to learn more about it.

      To learn how to customize your D2L course homepage, please click here.

      To learn how to customize your D2L Navigation Bar, please click here.

      For information on converting an existing HTML site into a D2L course site, please click here.

  • Setting Up and Using the Gradebook
    • For Gradebook best practices, click here.

      To learn how to setup your Gradebook, click here. (Click here for a helpful Gradebook setting)

      Learn how to setup quizzes to automatically send their grades to the gradebook here.  (Quizzes are the only tool where you can set up this automatic functionality)

  • A Look at some of D2L's More Advanced Tools (Calendar, Groups, Release Conditions, Rubrics)
    • Learn about managing a course with the Calendar tool here.

      Learn how to create and manage groups (or sections) on your D2L course website here.

      For information on attaching release conditions to a variety of course tools and activities, please click here.

      For information on how to create and use Rubrics in D2l, please click here.

For information on how to get help for any D2L related problem, please click here

No matter the issue, you will find help and useful information in the UW-Madison knowledgebase (kb.wisc.edu).  Here are a few tips to keep in mind while searching it.

Keywords:Setting up, start of semester, beginning of semester, master, master document, Learn@UW, D2L, Moodle, gradebook, copying, course, components, basic tools, calendar, discussion, quiz, customization, content, news, textbook link, groups, release conditions, rubrics   Doc ID:44787
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2014-11-10 15:45 CDTUpdated:2017-12-04 12:29 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store, Learn@UW Madison
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