D2L, Moodle - What To Backup (Students)
UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system (LMS), and is discontinuing the use of D2L and Moodle by June 1, 2018. To prepare for the retirement of D2L and Moodle, students are encouraged to download any content they wish to retain access to from previous and current courses, as soon as possible.
The following is a list of recommended content to download:
Papers and Writing Samples
You probably don’t need to download every paper or project you completed - you may have already saved most of them on a personal device or cloud account - but you should double check. Make sure to archive your best work for future use, both personally and professionally.
Prospective employers and graduate programs are often interested in and/or require writing samples, so making sure to save some examples of your work is important.
Course portfolios that highlight your best work are also great resources to download and showcase for prospective employers and graduate programs.
Resources from Classes
You may want to keep specific resources shared by your instructors including references, formulas, useful readings and more.
Course Syllabi and Learning Outcomes
Course syllabi and learning outcomes from courses related to your field are useful for providing a record of what you learned during your time at UW-Madison.
Letters of Recommendation or Employment/Volunteer References
Many graduate schools require at least three letters of recommendation for admission. If you are planning to apply to graduate school, you should check with your prospective school and department for questions regarding letters of recommendation.
Your recommenders may be asked to give their personal impressions of your intellectual ability, your aptitude in research or professional skills, your character, and the quality of your previous work and potential for future productive scholarship.
If you plan to ask any of your past instructors for letters of recommendation or references, they may request that you provide samples of your work so they have a frame of reference.
How to Download Data from D2L and Moodle
To download course materials, see D2L and Moodle Retirement. In addition, if you have created a D2L ePortfolio, you will need to preserve it in a cloud-hosted environment provided by D2L. See D2L - Post Graduation ePortfolio Export (UW-Madison).