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d2l_logo61Desire2Learn will be unavailable to Canisius College users on Thursday, May 19 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Desire2Learn’s engineers will need to take it offline to complete the scheduled upgrade. This time frame begins after spring semester grades are submitted and concludes several days before the summer session classes begin.

The upgraded D2L will be quite similar to our current D2L visually, but some changes aimed at making D2L more intuitive and easier to use will be noticeable.  For example, features are better described to faculty, within the Quizzes tool.

Summer instructors should verify that course materials in Desire2Learn are available to students when needed. Occasionally, dates for summer courses are changed as they are organized in the spring, so that the availability dates for sections within D2L may need to be updated by instructors.  Until courses reach their “start dates,” they are not accessible to students within D2L.

Here’s a video showing how to verify or change course start and end dates for your class in D2L.

Lastly, here’s a handy checklist for completing important administrative tasks between semesters, for your courses within Desire2Learn.

If you have any questions concerning Desire2Learn, please contact the Canisius ITS helpdesk at, or at Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist