Desire2Learn (D2L) is a Web-based course management system offering teaching and learning tools for course development, delivery and management. D2L provides the flexibility to control the environment to match your own unique approach to teaching and learning. It provides tools to help facilitate communication, collaboration and community building among students and faculty.

Key Features

* Content area where you can easily organize learning activities, reading materials, assignment instructions and other instructional resources for access by students. * Discussion board where you and students can discuss course-related material and respond to reflective questions posed by you. *Electronic gradebook that calculates grades in a points or weighted system and where posted grades can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere. * Quizzing tool where you select a variety of quiz formats and control access by dates, times, number of attempts and presentation of questions.


For instructors: * Allows you to create course sites that include state-of-the-art instructional resources * Allows you to develop an online learning environment that encourages student interaction and collaboration * Allows you to efficiently manage and coordinate administrative tasks, freeing up classroom time for more teaching and learning activities For students: * Allows access to course materials anytime, anywhere * Allows collaboration with other students * Allows students to engage in course-related activities in a single environment * Teaches students new technology skills

Sample Uses

Innovations for some course related functions:

  • A history instructor uses the chat feature in D2L to conduct a role playing exercise in which students assume the role of an assigned historical character and participate in an online chat
  • A course director utilizes D2L for a large course in which multiple sections of the same course are taught by different teaching assistants. The director creates a master course and then copies the components of the master course to each of the section sites, ensuring standardization of curriculum across all sections of the course
  • A graduate course instructor utilizes D2L to house a variety of digital video and audio files which students access with the Content tool and then discuss with the Discussion tool
  • A course director in science utilizes the auto-grading feature of the Quiz tool to deliver homework to students in a very large course, eliminating the need for printing paper copies or manual grading of the completed assignments

Innovations for some non course related functions:

  • Using the Quiz tool, one campus department uses a D2L course site to conduct placement tests for assignment of students into the appropriate level course in the program
  • A UA department uses a D2L course site as an advising center in which advisors can communicate with students, post forms and resources for students to access, and keep confidential records of advising activities and appointments
  • Several UA departments use D2L course sites to offer continuing professional education courses to professionals in the general public

Getting Started Documents

You have the option of speaking with an instructional designer to help align what you want to accomplish with available resources. Select how little or how much you want to use and how you will use it. Will it be a stand-alone course, used to supplement classroom learning or a blended course? What materials (content) will you put online? PDFs or PPTs? How involved will the materials be: audio or video? Will you use the Grade book, quizzing, drop boxes, discussions, web conferencing, glossary, FAQs or check lists? In addition, walk through examples of how other instructors have used the tools and brainstorm new solutions that meet your unique needs. A short meeting with a designer can save hours and hours of effort in the long run. At the end of the meeting you will have a plan for which pieces of technology meet your needs and how to apply them in a way that best accomplishes your goals.

To request a D2L course, complete the Course Request Form.

Outside Links

How to Post Material on D2L

How to Improve the Appearance of Your Course Site


Contact: Mark Felix