The Basics

Most distance learning courses at the University of Central Oklahoma are offered using Desire 2 Learn, or D2L, a course management system. Many traditional classroom courses also use this course management system. This section offers numerous tutorials on the various functions and tools of D2L.

Logging In

To log into D2L you will need to log in through UCONNECT. Click here for specific instructions.

Personal Preference Settings

The Preferences link in the My Settings widget on your My Home page lets you determine whether you will appear as online when you are logged into D2L, the time zone and region you live in, and other personal preference settings. Click here to learn how to set your personal preferences.

Email

In D2L the email tool functions like a web-based email provider inside the learning environment. You may set your individual preferences from the user account settings for email behavior. You are able to read email messages, compose and send a message, manage your email box, or update email settings. Access the step-by-step guide here.

Pager

The   pager   is an online messaging tool for sending text messages to classmates and other members of your Learning Environment. A   page is quicker and less formal than an email. Use the   pager   to quickly see which of your classmates are online, get an answer from a friend, or to send a reminder or notice.

Access the   Pager   tool

Click the  Pager   link or   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/Pager_Main_actNotifierNormal.png?_&d2lSessionVal=xh3fs9HWXCyHncetBqPriJsL2     icon on your course navigation bar.

Sending and receiving   pages

The   pager   is an online messaging tool for sending and receiving text messages to classmates and other members of your Learning Environment.

Sending   pages

Receiving   pages

Depending on how the   pager   tool is set up at your organization, you may receive incoming   pager notifications:

Read an incoming   page by clicking the  Pager   link or   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/Pager_Main_actNotifierAlert.png?_&d2lSessionVal=xh3fs9HWXCyHncetBqPriJsL2   icon on your course navigation bar.

 

Add a contact

Remove a contact

Viewing   pager   logs

 

 

HTML

You can access the HTML Editor through the Discussion area, the Dropbox area, the Chat area, the Email area, and the "My Locker" area of the D2L system.  The HTML editor contains two options: Basic and Advanced. The content area is very much like a word processor. As you type in the text it will appear on the screen. You can also format your text.

In the Basic option, you can make your text, bold, italic, and underline your text. You can change the way your text is aligned, with the right, left, and centered, full justified options. You can add bullets, or a numbered list. If you would like to include a URL link within your document, use the link tool. Enter the URL to access and then enter text for the link text. If you would like to add a graphic, click the image tool. Once you click on the browse tool, click on "my computer" and then locate the image you like to upload. You can enter alterative text. You can also enter a boarder size, and a specific width and height for the image. You can also add YouTube vides using the "Insert Stuff" button. A spell checker is also included. Just click the Spell Check tool and the spell checker will go through and check the document for you. If you would like to insert a table into your document, click the table tool and select the number of rows and columns you would like to include in your table. You can change the number of rows and columns at a later time.

The advanced options include all of the basic options as well as options to paste from Microsoft Word, increased font options, subscripts and superscripts, strike through, horizontal lines, and paragraph adjustments. You may also attach files. To preview your content, click the paper and magnifying glass icon in the lower left hand corner. You can then post, send, or submit your content.

 

Chat

The   Chat   tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. You can use the   Chat   tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organize a remote study group. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions,   Chat   conversations occur in real-time. You can set up course specific   chat   rooms or   chat   rooms that involve individuals from all over the organization. There are two types of   chat:

General (or Course)   chats   : General   chats are public   chats visible to everyone enrolled in the org unit where they are created. General   chats allow you to incorporate   chat   discussions into the teaching of a course since they are automatically open to all users enrolled in the course. You can only access General   chats from the appropriate course.

Personal   chats :  Personal   chats are private and visible only to users who you have added to the   chat's participants list. Personal   chats are ideal for keeping in touch with friends and colleagues or for clubs and other groups whose members do not share a single org unit. You can access Personal   chats from anywhere in Learning Environment.

Access the Chat tool

  • Click the   Chat   link on your course tools.
  • Select the   chat   you want to join from your list of   chats.

 

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Using   chat

  • Add a   chat   message
  • Type a message in the text box at the bottom of the   chat   room, and press   Enter   or click   Send .

 

 

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Refresh your   chat   window

  • If you think new messages are not appearing on your screen fast enough, click the   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/refresh.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Refresh   icon at the top of the   chat. This icon is visible when you have new messages   checked in your   chat settings.

 

 

See who else is   chatting

  • The   Participants   pane displays a list of users currently signed in to a   chat   room.

 

 

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Change your   chat   alias

You can change your alias, or   chat   name, if you want to appear as a different name, such as a nickname, to other   chat   participants.

  • Click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   in one of two locations:
  • On the   Chat   List page, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY Chat   Settings   on the top tool bar.
  • Inside a   chat, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY Chat   Settings   along the top of the   chat   window.
  • Type a new alias in the   Alias   field.
  • Select the check boxes for   Bold   or   Italics , if desired.
  • Set an   Alias Color , if desired.
  • Click   Save .

 

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Change the display order of   chat   messages

You can set preferences to have messages in a   chat   display from new to old, or old to new, or show only new messages.

  • Click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   in one of two locations:
  • On the   Chat   List page, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   on the top tool bar.
  • Inside a   chat, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   along the top of the   chat   window.
  • If you want to change the message order, select   New to Old   or   Old to New .
  • If you want to see new messages only, select   New Messages . This requires you to manually refresh the screen, to see new messages and remove all old ones.

 

 

 

Note    You can change back to see all messages, which restores all messages for that session, even if they were not visible while New Messages were checked.