CourseDen Moves to the Cloud - Dec 21/22

CourseDen is UWG's name for our state's standard Learning Management System (LMS), powered by Desire2Learn's Brightspace. Historically, the LMS has been housed on locally-run USG Board of Regents' servers in the Atlanta area. However, the state is moving LMS hosting to the Desire2Learn's "cloud" (their multi-pronged system of servers on which most other universities across the nation are housed). One main advantage to this "move to the Cloud" is that we will get small monthly updates instead of larger ones that cannot be implemented as quickly.

In fact, CourseDen will receive 18 upgrades between now and December 20, 2018! UWG Online has set up a new Google group (email list) in order to provide weekly updates on the new tools, improvements, and other changes. Email jgubbins@westga.edu if you would like to be added to this group. Key information will also be posted here.

Highlights for Upcoming Changes

Changes will not require any re-builds or content migration by Instructors, though the server will be inaccessible Dec 21 - Dec 22

  • Gradebook: Feedback can be added in bulk; Instructors can lock columns and row headers
  • Rubrics: More control and ease-of-use, visibility
  • Discussions: Instructors can post to all groups at once
  • Quizzes: Improved LaTeX editor for Math; Students' answers are auto-saved by default; Dynamic preview available in question pools
  • Binder: "Send to Binder" no longer available; New recommended app for students is Brightspace Pulse

 For more detailed information, view the Upcoming Changes Summary (Google Sheet).

  • The Daylight Experience - CourseDen Look & Feel 

    Daylight Experience

    In 2017 UWG Online upgraded CourseDen to the new D2L Brightspace interface design called Daylight. The Daylight interface relies on the functionality you are used to, while introducing a more mobile friendly service. The "Daylight Experience" is now being upgraded again for Spring 2019.

    The Daylight Experience interface provides improved flexibility and a responsive design that provides a more consistent user experience that gives prominence to learning activities.

    Primary Changes

     

    Tool Enhancements: You will find increased functionality for Quizzes, Intelligence Agents, Discussions, Assignments, and more:

    • More intuitive Quizzes tool and improved functionality
    • Additions to exempt grade functions
    • Instructors can elect to provide an email notification for submitted assignments
    • User Progress is now called Class Progress
    • Acessibility templates are available and designed to meet accessibility guidelines. To learn more about how to make your course accessible to all learners, check out our Accessibility page or invite us to show you or your department steps to help all your students access learning materials. 

    Screenshots for Daylight Experience

    CourseDen Homepage

    CourseDen Home page

    Pinning Your Courses

    To select a new banner for your course from the images provided by D2L, hover over the banner for your course in the My Course area. Click on the 3-dot icon that appears and select Change Image. Enter a variety of search terms or select an image from those showing. Only a portion of all available images show at one time. *updated info and screenshot coming soon*
    Change Banner menu

    Grades Tool

    You can now lock the name column & header row in grades for a more efficient and fluid viewing experience. *updated screenshot coming soon*
    CourseDen Communication

    Quizzes Tool

    Students answers are now auto-saved to improve the assessment experience. *updated screenshot coming soon*
    Course Assessments


    Mobile Views

    CourseDen Homepage
    Daylight CourseDen homepageDaylight Hamburger Menu (collapsed)
    Daylight hamburger menuDaylight Hamburger Menu (Expanded)
    Daylight hamburger menu expanded