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page of the main course website, which contains the weekly
unit pages and syllabus. You are at this course website now. MORE...
updates, answers to questions that arise. Check this every day you
work on this course! MORE...
The public face of this course, with videos, self-assessment exercises, readings, discussion forums, and comments... MORE...
quizzes here. Check your grade, & make gradebook declarations... MORE...
These links in the upper right corner provide additional course resources... MORE...
Desire2Learn (D2L) is a "course management system"
(sometimes abbreviated "CMS," like Blackboard or WebCT). For this
course, you will use Desire2Learn mainly for taking quizzes and checking grades.
The most important thing to notice about the course home page shown below is
the grey navigation bar beneath the University of Oklahoma logo. This navigation
bar contains links to the Quizzes and Grades areas of D2L.
- Gradebook. There's no need to email me to ask for your
grade! Click the Grades link to view your grades
(i.e., your current total points) online at Desire2Learn anytime. Don't worry:
you can only view your own grades, not the grades of other students in the class.
When you look at your grades in Desire2Learn, just look at your Total
Points. Your final
grade for the course will be determined by your Total Points. Do send
me an email, after checking the Desire2Learn Gradebook, if you have a question
about any grade.
- Quizzes. Click the Quizzes and Declarations link
to take quizzes online and have those grades be entered directly
into the gradebook.
- Deadlines: Quizzes have deadlines, after which they are no
longer accessible (see time
Declarations are a special kind of quiz used for "Gradebook
Declarations," where you will claim the points you have earned for
your work in the class. These Declarations are governed by a strict Honor
- In the Quiz area of Desire2Learn, you can display quizzes by category
or by availability.
- Category: If you display quizzes by category, they
will be displayed according to week. Look in the category for the
current week to see all the quizzes and gradebook declarations for
that week. (Each week has its own category, plus the initial orientation
activities of Week 1 have their own category.)
- Availability: If you display quizzes by availability,
they will be divided into Current Quizzes and Future Quizzes. The
Current Quizzes are the ones currently available, from the current
week in the class plus any that are available if you work ahead. The
Future Quizzes are those that are not yet available; if you click
on the link for one of the Future Quizzes and nothing happens, don't
worry because that's how it's supposed to be.
- When taking a quiz in Desire2Learn, you can save every answer as you
go along, in case your internet connection is interrupted or you have
to go away and come back later to complete the quiz. Yet for the small
quizzes you are taking in this class, such as the Gradebook Declarations,
you actually do not need to save every answer as you go along. Instead,
just answer each question and click on "Go To Submit Quiz" when
you are finished. You will then see your score and have the opportunity
to take the quiz a second time, if need be, and only the most recent score
will be recorded.
- Wikipedia Editing Project comments. Later in the semester, you will share
comments and suggestions with one another about your ongoing Wikipedia Editing Projects
and other weekly assignments at Desire2Learn.
- Your own folder: Each student will have their own folder in
the Desire2Learn "Wikipedia Editing Project comments" section, which is where
you will leave messages for those students. The first time you log on
to Desire2Learn and look around, you will not find your own folder already
set up. Don't worry, I'll be adding them during the fourth or fifth week
of the semester.
- Why are we using two discussion boards? Confluence
discussion boards are so easy to use! Both Confluence and Desire2Learn
are password-protected; access is restricted to members of this class
only. You will post your Starting
essays each week at Confluence. But you will use Desire2Learn to give fellow
students individual feedback on their Wikipedia Editing Projects.
- Important: read "Discussion
Board Tips and Tricks."
Log-on: To access Desire2Learn, click the link at the top
of each page in this course website, or go to http://learn.ou.edu.
Your username is your OUNet ID (your "4x4") and your
password is either your OU ID# or your birthdate in MM/DD/YYYY
format. Please change your password as soon as you log on to the system,
for security reasons.
Help: If you are having any trouble accessing or using Desire2Learn,
check the OLR website, or submit a request for help at the IT Support Center,
you forget your password later, just click on the "Forgot Password?"
link on the log-on screen, and the system will send your password to your OU
Courses: After you have logged on to Desire2Learn, just click
on the link that says HSCI.3013 HSCI to Newton, located under
"My Courses." This link will take you to the screen shown above, from
which you can access materials for this course.
Note on Chat and
Instant Messaging: D2L Chat and instant messaging are not used in this
course. Students are not required to log onto the Internet simultaneously. See tips for creating your own weekly schedule.
Error: When you use the Desire2Learn link at the top of any
course web page, it may give you an unclear error message (see image below)
when you haven't previously logged in from that computer at that location, or
after a certain length of time has expired. The link to "return
to Home" is not clear to ordinary folks, but it's just geek-speak
for returning to the home login screen for D2L, because for security reasons
it won't let you go straight to the class site within D2L. Just click
"Please return to Home" and then you will be able
to log in.
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"The medium is the message." Marshall McLuhan.