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Checklist for end of semester tasks

Posted on May 19, 2017

As finals begin and faculty start entering final grades for Spring 2017, please refer to the following checklist for end of semester tasks for your courses in D2L Brightspace.  Read the rest of this entry →

D2L Brightspace 10.7.0 sneak peek

Posted on May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Faculty Development Center

Join us in the Faculty Development Center on Wednesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to preview the changes to D2L Brightspace coming on June 6, 2017. If you have been following the updates on the ITS Blog you know that this upgrade is significant. Please join us to walk through the responsive interface and new features.

Please contact the Office of Online & Extended Learning at support@mnstate.edu or call 218-477-2603, option 3 if you have questions about the session or upgrade to D2L Brightspace.

D2L Brightspace unavailable on Tuesday, June 6 from 4-8 a.m.

Posted on May 05, 2017

D2L Brightspace is scheduled to be upgraded to version 10.7.0 on Tuesday, June 6 from 4-8 a.m. The system office has determined that D2L Brightspace will need to be offline/down during this upgrade.

Status of the upgrade will be posted at http://status.mnscu.edu/desire2learn/.

Visit the ITS Blog for more details and to learn about new features and functionality. The latest post covers updates to the D2L Discussion tool that make small group discussions easier to use.

Request your D2L Brightspace course shells for Summer 2017

Posted on April 27, 2017

All unrequested Summer 2017 D2L Brightspace course shells will be created as single section course shells on Friday, April 28. If you need to combine course sections please get your request in using the D2L Brightspace Request Form.

The D2L Brightspace Request form will transition to accept Fall 2017 course requests on Friday, April 28 and will remain open until August 1. On August 2, all unrequested fall sections will be created as single section course shells.  Read the rest of this entry →

D2L Brightspace Upgrade to 10.7.0 includes quiz improvements

Posted on April 18, 2017

D2L Brightspace is scheduled to be upgraded to version 10.7.0 on Tuesday, June 6 from 5-7 a.m. Visit the ITS Blog for more information and to learn about the improvements to the quiz tool.

D2L Brightspace Update Moved to Tuesday, June 6

Posted on April 13, 2017

UPDATE: D2L Brightspace is scheduled to be upgraded to version 10.7.0 on Tuesday, June 6 from 5-7 a.m. The system office is still determining if D2L will need to be unavailable all or part of this time. Visit the ITS Blog for more details.

*We had previously communicated: “Tentatively D2L Brightspace will be unavailable Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, 2017. The specific time and duration of the downtime on the 2-3rd is yet to be determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks.” The extended downtime was due in part to change the URL associated with D2L Brightspace from mnscu.edu to minnstate.edu. The URL change has been rescheduled for some time in December of 2017.

D2L Brightspace, faculty development events next week

Posted on April 13, 2017

Want to learn how to enhance your use of D2L Brightspace and your students’ learning experience? Looking for opportunities to network with fellow educators and faculty development leaders statewide? Want to learn about innovative ideas that were funded in 2016 and listen to innovator pitches for 2017?

The following events are coming up next week, each hosted in Bloomington, MN.  Read the rest of this entry →

D2L Brightspace tentatively unavailable June 2-3, 2017

Posted on March 31, 2017

D2L Brightspace is tentatively scheduled to be unavailable Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, 2017 for maintenance and upgrade to version 10.7.0. The specific time and duration of the downtime on June 2-3 is yet to be determined and will be communicated in the coming weeks. Visit the ITS Blog (http://collaborate.mnstate.edu/public/blogs/itsblog/d2l-brightspace-10-7-0-update/) for more details.

Request your Summer 2017 D2L Brightspace course shells

Posted on March 31, 2017

Beginning Wednesday, March 15 instructors can request their Summer 2017 course shells using the D2L Brightspace Request Form (https://my.mnstate.edu/ITS/Forms/RequestD2LShell).

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Summer 17 shells can be requested March 15-April 27. On April 28, all unrequested summer sections will be created as single section course shells.
  • Fall 17 shells can be requested April 28-August 1. On August 2, all unrequested fall sections will be created as single section course shells.  Read the rest of this entry →

Text message notifications available

Posted on March 29, 2017

In addition to email notifications for course events sent from D2L Brightspace courses, text notifications to mobile devices are now available for all users.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR STUDENTS:  Read the rest of this entry →

Quality Matters (QM) Workshops – Spring 2017

Posted on February 27, 2017

Quality Matters is an international organization recognized as a leader in quality assurance for online education. MSUM is a subscribing member through the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative. The mission of QM is to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning through:

  • Development of current, research-supported, and practice-based quality standards.
  • Fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Providing professional development.
  • Peer review and certification of quality in online education.

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Read eLearning Acumen

Posted on January 20, 2017

Read the latest issue of the eLearning Acumen, a newsletter brought to you by the Office of Online & Extended Learning (https://www.mnstate.edu/uploadedFiles/Level_2/Content/Instructional_Technology_Services/2017-01-issue4-eLearningAcumen.pdf).  Read the rest of this entry →

Start of semester tasks for instructors

Posted on January 05, 2017

INSTRUCTORS: Your D2L Brightspace shells for Spring 17 have been created. If you don’t see your course or need courses merged, please email support@mnstate.edu. Read the rest of this entry →

Call for Proposals: Brightspace Minnesota Connection and Minnesota eLearning Summit

Posted on December 19, 2016

A call for proposals has been announced for two upcoming conferences in the Twin Cities: Brightspace Minnesota Connection and the Minnesota eLearning Summit.  Read the rest of this entry →

Checklist for End of Semester Tasks

Posted on December 16, 2016

As finals begin and faculty start entering final grades for Fall 2016, please refer to the following checklist for end of semester tasks for your courses in D2L Brightspace.  Read the rest of this entry →

Request Your Courses For Spring

Posted on December 16, 2016

Request your course shells for Spring 2017. Use the D2L Brightspace shell request form (https://my.mnstate.edu/ITS/Forms/RequestD2LShell) to submit your request online. Starting Tuesday, Dec. 20 any courses that have not been requested will be created as single sections.

If you want merged sessions of your courses, be sure to request them before December 20.

Office of Online & Extended Learning

QM Workshops & EDDs – Spring 2017

Posted on December 06, 2016

Plan now for some professional development this spring. Two online QM workshops have just been announced.

  • Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR): February 21 – March 7, 2017
  • Improving Your Online Course (IYOC): March 28 – April 11, 2017

Instructors may qualify for EDDs following successful completion of these QM workshops! Visit the ITS blog for full details. (http://collaborate.mnstate.edu/public/blogs/itsblog/quality-matters/)

Request your Spring 2017 D2L Brightspace Course Shells

Posted on November 01, 2016

Beginning Friday, Oct. 28, instructors can request their Spring 2017 course shells using the new D2L Brightspace Request Form (https://my.mnstate.edu/ITS/Forms/RequestD2LShell).

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • December 19: Make your request by this date if you wish to combine multiple sections into a single course shell.
  • December 20: All unrequested courses will have a course shell created automatically on this date. Auto-created courses will be created as single course shells.

Read the rest of this entry →

Transfer Pathways Update

Posted on October 27, 2016

The next set of Transfer Pathways in the following list of disciplines are soon ready for input from stakeholders in the two year Minnesota State Colleges and the four year Minnesota State Universities. The Transfer Pathways are designed so students utilizing one would enter as a junior and be able to complete their baccalaureate degree with the first 60 credits complete. Discipline Stakeholders Meetings will be held in the Metro Area in November. You are welcome to attend in person or by WebEx. Please register by November 7 no matter how you will attend. Read the rest of this entry →

They Aren’t Wrong, We Are: Designing Online Courses for How Students Actually Use Them

Posted on October 06, 2016

Thursday, Oct. 6 | 2–3 p.m. | WebEx

From the University of Minnesota: This month we’ll continue our “Best of Summit” series from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. Joining us via WebEx will be Ellyn Buchanan, Sara Hurley and Audra Kerlin from the University of Minnesota presenting:  Read the rest of this entry →

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