D2L - Tips for Using D2L for Honors Optional (%) Courses (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.
Instructors teaching Honors Optional (%) courses can use the suggestions in this document to help track student enrollment and participation in the honors component of the course.
D2L does not currently offer an automatic way to track which students are enrolled in the honors component of Honors Optional (%) courses. Since students have until the end of the 12th week of the semester to edit their enrollment in the Honors component, keeping track of which students are and are not enrolled in the Honors component can pose a challenge for instructors.
Below are some suggestions for more easily keeping track of the honors enrollment in Honors Optional (%) courses.
Sign-up sheet. Use a Google Doc as an honors sign-up sheet and link to it from within your D2L course (on the homepage as a widget, or as a Content item). In the syllabus, require that students keep the list updated based on their enrollment/unenrollment in the honors component of the course.
Self-enrolling groups in D2L. Set up a group within D2L called "Honors" and encourage students to sign up for the group as they enroll in the Honors component. However, be aware that students cannot unenroll from groups on their own; this is where a sign-up sheet can help instructors identify who needs to be removed from the group.
Text column in the Gradebook. Add a text Gradebook item called "Honors," then enter a value (such as "Yes" or "In") for honors students. The Gradebook can then be filtered by the Honors column value. Again, you will need to manually keep the values up-to-date as students edit their Honors component enrollment.
Manage Honors assignments outside of D2L. Consider using other University-supported tools to manage the Honors-only assignments of the course. For instance, the core course assignments can be delivered within D2L, but honors assignments could be available within Piazza and Google Groups, so only honors students will be accessing Piazza and Google Groups.
Contact Academic Technology for recommendations. AT can suggest pedagogical approaches for designing your course to better manage the mixture of Honors and non-Honors course assignments. For more information about how to contact Academic Technology, see their website.
For more information about honors course enrollment, refer to the Registrar's Office website.