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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.

Tools listed on the main navigation bar (NavBar) includes:

  • Course Home
  • Content
  • My Media
  • Assessment (Group links)
  • Communication (Group links)
  • Resources (Group links)

Within Assessment Group links are the following Tools:

  • Assignments
  • Grades
  • Quizzes
  • Rubrics
  • Self-Assessments

Within the Communications Group links includes:

  • Announcements
  • Attendance
  • Calendar
  • Checklist
  • Classlist
  • Discussions
  • Emails
  • Groups

Within the Resources Group links includes:

  • CougarVIEW (D2L) Student Guide
  • FAQ
  • GALILEO
  • Locker
  • Maintainance
  • System Check
  • USG TechStore

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.

Daylight Experience Student Calendar

 

Checklist

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.

Daylight Experience Student Checklist

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.

 Daylight Experience Student Classlist

 

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.

 

Daylight Experience Student Contents

Discussions

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.

 Daylight Experience Student Discussions

 

Assignments

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.

Daylight Experience Student Assignments

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.

Daylight Experience Student Emails 

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.

 Daylight Experience Student Grades

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.

Daylight Experience Student Groups

 Quizzes

Use the Quizzes tool to take a quiz, review your quiz results, and see class statistics for a quiz.

Daylight Experience Student Quizzes