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Live Well, Work Well


The short read, above, from Lawley Benefits Group, provides some helpful tips for living a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the aspects that you can control on a daily basis, such as eating well, exercising, managing your stress, getting routine health screenings, and simply being aware of your risks.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

TIAA June Live Webinars


TIAA is offering several live webinars in June to assist with retirement planning and other financial goals. Take a look at the above list for days, times and how to register to attend.

Click here to get started.

Submitted By: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Changes Coming To D2L

There are a few changes coming to D2L. More tutorials will be made available as we get closer to July/August. All of our tutorials will be posted on the D2L Self-Paced Training for Faculty and Staff webpage.

  • D2L Accommodations Tool

    • The Accommodation Tool is similar to giving a student Special Access. However, instead of giving a student special access to a quiz every single time, Accommodations allows you to set it and forget it. This is particularly useful if you know the student will require extra time on every quiz. Once a student has been given an accommodation, you can easily identify the student in the classlist by looking for the Accommodations symbol to the left of their names. Learners with Accommodations will also see this symbol in the classlist and while they are taking quizzes. You can override Accommodations for a specific quiz by giving the learner special access on that Quiz. To give a student Accommodations, go to the classlist. Click on the Dropdown arrow to the right of their name. In the menu that appears, scroll down to the bottom and click on Edit Accommodations. This tool will be available with the June Update (later this month).
  • Updates to the Dropbox Grading Screen

    • D2L is making changes to the grading screen in dropboxes and will become standard soon. It will make it easier to view and find important information (ex, the student’s name, submissions, etc.). When you are done making annotations on the student’s assignment, you can now make the evaluation column (the right column) larger so you can easily write feedback and grade easier. If you need to edit the dropbox for some reason or provide a student more time to submit an assignment, you can click on the three horizontal dots to access those menus quicker. Note that how you access the dropbox grading screen and make annotations and view assignments will remain the same. This new version of the dropbox grading screen will be available in July and become standard in August.
  • Dropbox Editor Screen

    • The new Dropbox Editor screen will become standard soon. D2L has moved some of the most useful features so that they are accessed on one page instead of being scattered across different tabs. Many settings are in the drop-down menus in the right column, which also means less scrolling. You can drop a menu when you need to make changes to a setting and zip it back up when you are finished making your changes.
  • The Text Editor Toolbar is Changing

      • Note: The above picture shows the major changes, though some other tools, like Preview, Source Code, Word Count, and the Accessibility Checker have also been moved slightly. To access this larger set of tools, click on the three horizontal dots in either the Old Editor or New Editor.
    • D2L is updating the standard Text Editor Toolbar. This update will include larger icons and rearranging some tools, making it easier and faster for you to find the tool you need. This update currently affects most of the tools (dropbox editor screen, dropbox grading screen, discussions, etc.) in D2L but will eventually be rolled out to the remainder of D2L tools in August.
  • Changes coming to Quizzes

    • Reports Setup

    • If you used Quiz reports, Reports Setup will be moving from its current place as a tab in the Quiz Creation Screen. You will now be able to access reports set up by going to the Quizzes tab in D2L. From there, click on the drop-down menu arrow to the right of a quiz you wish to set up a report. From the menu that appears, choose Setup Reports. Notice as well this is how you will be able to View Reports. Aside from the change in place, how you set up a report will remain the same. This change will occur in July.
    • Introduction Section

      • Due to low usage, D2L is removing the Introduction section from the Quiz creator in July. Instead, you are urged to use one of the other following options:
          • The Quiz Description appears when the student first accesses the quiz and D2L shows the student the summary page for the quiz. Make sure that if you use the Quiz Description, you turn on the visibility for it. Otherwise, you may have written something but students will not be able to view it.
          • Use a quiz Section to create an introduction for students. A section of this type can appear as the first section when students begin taking the quiz.
  • D2L Rubric

    • For those of you that use rubrics in your course, the new editor will become the new standard starting in August. It is easier to use than the old rubric editor and allows you to quickly update and change rubrics where and when needed.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI

D2L 2015 Courses Will Be Removed in July

Canisius College maintains five years of course content in D2L. On July 22, 2021, ITS will perform a routine purge of course content from spring, summer and fall 2015 courses. This will delete all content uploaded or created by professors and students in 2015 courses, as well as the course spaces and semester headings for 2015.

Since there is no possibility of recovery, please be certain you have exported and saved any of your 2015 course content that you wish to save by July 16, 2021.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI