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New Terminology

This page will introduce you to new terms and features for your CougarVIEW courses. Any tools that are a part of your course will appear on the course navigational bar. The course tool links always appear on the course navigational bar of any page you navigate to in the course.


Course navigational bar with specific course tools and Desire2Learn tools highlighted

When you access a tool from course navigational bar, or navbar, you are taken to the main screen for that tool. For example, if you access the Dropbox tool from navbar, you are taken to the main screen for the Dropbox tool, where you can see all of your assignments.

A quick way to return to the Course Home from anywhere in the course is to click the Course Home link. The link always appears in the top left-hand frame of any page in your CougarVIEW course.

Some of the tools you may have listed on the navbar include:

CougarView Calendar


The Calendar tool allows you to manage course-related or personal events. You can view dates posted for courses, such as project due dates, office hours, and exam information, or you can add personal events to track group meetings, milestones, and deadlines.



A checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings, or other items to complete. A checklist may list all the items you need to complete at once or may have items appear as you complete other items.

Each checklist contains one or more categories, in which checklist items are organized. For example, you might have an “Assignments” checklist with categories for written assignments and quizzes, both of which could have multiple items that you need to complete.


CougarView Classlist


You can use the Classlist to see who's enrolled in your course, check who's online and to send e-mail. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


CougarView Course Content


The Content tool is used to organize course materials, such as the syllabus, lecture notes, readings, etc. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


CougarView Discusion


The Discussions tool is a collaboration area where you can post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


CougarView Assgnments


The Assignments Submission tool enables you to submit assignments through the Learning Environment, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email assignments. Simply upload your assignment to the appropriate folder. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


CougarView Email


The Email tool allows you to send email from within Learning Environment. You can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


This is an alphabetical list of terms defined in this website. You can either scroll up and down the list until you find the term you are looking for or you can use the "Alphabet Search" (A, B, C, D, etc.) to jump to the general alphabet area of the term to speed up your search.


CougarView Grades


Use the Grades tool to check your grades on assignments and tests. You can see your individual grades and comments, as well as class averages and feedback. You can also view your final grade and the grade formula used to evaluate you if your grades are released. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide.


CougarView Groups


The Groups tool is used by your instructor to create group work areas for students. Groups can be used to organize students' work on projects or assignments, or to create special work areas for students with different learning needs.

You can belong to any number of groups in the same course. For example, you could belong to a group for each class project, a special interest discussion group, and a group for advanced students all at the same time. Each group can have its own discussion forums, and dropbox folders. Members of groups can be graded as a team or individually.


In the Links tool, you can view a list of Internet addresses compiled by your instructor. Your instructor may also permit you to create and compile your own list of web links for particular course-related categories.


CougarView Quiz


Use the Quizzes tool to take a quiz, review your quiz results, and see class statistics for a quiz. This tool is explained in greater detail in this guide>.


Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

Self Assessments

Your instructor can create self assessments to use as topics in your course content modules. Doing this allows you to judge how well you understand material as you work through it. In addition, feedback can be embedded into a self assessment. Think of self assessments as quizzes that will not be graded.