Drag-and-drop solution for course content (quizzes, interactive media or activity, content rearranging
Multi-language support within instructor/student-generated content
All ASCII character languages (western and European), almost 100% compatible with Unicode languages (e.g. Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic).
Spanish (Latin American), Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, Russian, Latin, German, Greek, Arabic (Saudi Arabian), English (UK and US), French (Canadian), Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swedish, Turkish
Globalization options (example: tools or template would change “gradebook” to appear in selected language)
Work offline mode/sync
Yes – Binder and Assignment Grader
Dedicated print function from any page in course
Browser lockdown (to prevent printing from pages)
Third Party - Respondus
Yes – quiz tool auto-saves as learner moves from page to page
Math equations and special characters supported
one-click/easy setup access to LTI (Youtube, publisher content, twitter, etc)
Link to content or tools using a visual editor
Selective release of course content based on users, groups, dates, course activity, grades, etc.
Style options for faculty to personalize look/feel (colors/styles)
Yes – with set permissions
Google apps (drive) integration
Publisher content integration
Yes – both deep integration and SSO with redirect code embedded in course
Yes – integrated with Assignment tool
Integration with polling system (i>clicker)
Yes - through Top Hat Monocle, they offer attendance through an app or i>Clicker. Integration is through SSO.
SCORM compliant content management tool
Multiple Class sections can be combined into one course (enrollments greater than 60)
Yes – sections can be split into groups. No limit to number of enrollments.
Ability to select pre-defined document templates when creating new documents within the course
Yes - templates (defined styles) and wizard-like functionality (quiz and rubric building).
Natively render documents (PDF, MS Office) within the platform without users having to download the files
Yes – Supported file types for inline viewing include: Documents: .doc, .docx, .pdf, secure .pdfs, Google Drive™, PowerPoints®: .ppt, .pptx, .pps. Also, the document viewer includes full iPad® support (iOS 5+).
Visual timeline of content progression or student progression through the content in the course
Yes – Content Progress summary and User Progress tools
Ability to create collapsible modules, sub-modules or topics/units
Drag-and-drop from desktop for uploading multiple files
Social networking integration
User Profile allows for links to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Twitter widget can be easily created for course or organizational homepages, too.
Link to internal/external websites
Yes – Also includes embedding Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.
Glossary (including images and links) tool
Yes – in courses, created by instructors. Allows for text, links, images and embedded video. Import feature also available.
Frequently Asked Questions tool
Yes – for campus and/or course
Users can bookmark content
Yes – Bookmark icon is available in all course. Bookmarks can be accessed within Bookmarks area or widget.
Platform requires Cookies
Yes – expires upon logout/browser closing. Using session cookies that are time and session based, along with and unique randomized identifiers reduces
the event of session hi-jacking.
Instructors can take on student role within the course
Scheduling utility that enables setting due dates/open/reveal availability from one central location
Yes – Manage Dates tool for editing, viewing, offsetting date availability and setting the Calendar status of course content.
Calendar/Schedule feature integrated with course tools (multiple viewing options: personal, course and institutional events available)
Yes – instructors and learners can create, manage, view, print timeline of course events. Export to Outlook Google, iCal feeds and mobile devices
Ability to set assignment due date independently from the assignment availability
Special access features for selected users with different assignment due dates than rest of the class
Yes - D2L provides flexible options for special access for situations in which learners require additional time or alternate availability, without the need to create additional assignments
or assessments to accommodate this need.
Yes – native tool OR send only/connected to external TCU mail (If TCU configures)
Synchronous chat tool
Yes - archives created/logged. General and personal chats available in chat Tool. Pager tool allows for instant messaging, free group conferencing, group collaboration and video chat.
Synchronous web conferencing tool with chat, whiteboard, audio/video conferencing
Wiggio is provided (real-time, text based, video-based collaboration, desktop sharing, file sharing, whiteboarding, private messaging, groups, etc. but does not have meeting playback. If recording/playback is needed, can integrate with third-party tool, such as Adobe Connect, Blackboard collaborate and WebEx.
Announcement/news feed within a course
Yes – Audience is completely configurable to distribute to course, group in course, all users. News widget can be set up at campus or course level.
Dashboard solution such as activity feed, either within the system home page, user course list or within the courses themselves
Yes – configurable at campus level to aggregate content from across the platform
Opt-in notification options for system and course notifications (news, due dates, grades, etc.) via SMS, email, RSS feed, in-course/platform.
Multiple modes for instructors to communicate, even if students have disabled one or more modes of notification options
Threaded discussion features: paste from word, text formatting, linking, embedding video, audio/video creation, inserting images and quoting
Yes – paste from word, text formatting, linking, embedding video, audio/video creation, inserting images and quoting
All users can view number of unread discussion posts, total posts, and views
Yes – user progress dashboard and within topics.
Notifications can be set to link directly to the post that prompted the notification
Submission to a centralized area such as a submission tool (dropbox)
Professors can allow/prohibit repeated submissions of an assignment
Yes – Professors can set to allow/prohibit repeated submissions of an assignment. Instructors control how many submissions students can make to a Assignment folder.
Professors can extend availability to accommodate students who may need longer time to complete assignments
Yes - Instructors can extend availability of assignments for specific users, without having to a create a separate assignment for students who require extra time.
Instructors can evaluate and annotate submitted attachments in the user’s software of choice
Yes – or use in-line document viewer (annotate action is offered, then stored as attachment).
Instructor can give feedback to students, including edited copies of student work, text, audio, or video feedback, without having to navigate away from the document viewer
Journal tool linked to the gradebook
Yes – via Locker tool. Locker allows them to upload files or create new files. Learners can
also leverage the Blog tool to create private or public journal items. Note that blogs cannot be graded.
Class web links feature (both students and instructors can add to shared website repository)
Yes - User links widget can be added to a course homepage allowing faculty and students to contribute useful links that are shared.
Document sharing location (both students and instructors can add to shared document repository)
Yes – via Discussion posts, group locker tool (for class or sub-groups within the class), Via Wiggio, and D2L ePortfolio.
Download/history count in document sharing location
Yes - In the Learning Repository
Yes – The Blog tool provides an environment for communication, reflection, critical thinking, and long-form response. Learners can read peers’ blogs, leave comments, share posts, and maintain a list of favorite blogs. If a blog is made public, it can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn®, and Google+™. Blog tool is not connected to gradebook.
With Wiggio, instructor can poll class during meeting. Also, through Top Hat Monocle, attendance/polling through app or iClicker can be done
Third-party integration (such as MediaWiki)
Third-party synchronous communication tool integration
Integration Pack for Synchronous Communication Tools available
Assign/earn digital badges
Gamification (other than badges) within the course or platform
Group creation tool
Yes – Self Enroll by Students or Manual Enroll by instructor
Options for students to self-enroll in groups
Ability for instructors to share content and/or assignments with specific groups within the course
Team and class collaboration such as group workspaces, randomized grouping, and updates of groups when new enrollments occur
Submission of group assignments allowed
Private threaded discussions for groups
Multimedia embedding tool to embed YouTube, images from the web, embed code provided by 3rd parties, such as Prezi
Yes – “Insert Stuff” button accepts Flash, video, audio, etc. Also embed content from Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo
Multimedia (audio/video) recording directly in the course for faculty and students
Record and attach audio and video files. Uploading previously created audio/video is also available.
Customized content titles and descriptions associated with recorded content
FERPA-compliant gradebook tool
Ability to grade groups separately in gradebook (example 1: one person submits one assignment for the group and instructor gives one grade/comments that are pushed to all group members; Example 2: multiple sections in shared shell, gradebook separated by section)
Gradebook import/export tool
Gradebook final grade export into PeopleSoft
Yes either automatically (timed script) or a button that faculty push to submit grades when ready.
Dedicated option to add extra credit to the final grade within the gradebook
Yes - Instructors can add bonus points or extra credit
on top of a final grade.
Drop lowest grade from sub-set of grades as indicated by instructor
Instructor can select manner in which grades are displayed (letter, weighted percentage, points)
Notification to students of returned assignments, and comments/feedback
Yes - In the Updates widget available on the course homepage users are notified about returned assignments and unread feedback.
Grading options for assignments to be excluded from calculations
Yes – either export to spreadsheet application or use D2L Assignment grader
Instructors can restore inadvertent gradebook item deletions without having to log an incident with the help desk
Support for grading large classes (200 or greater)
Rubrics tool (builder, importer, assessment)
Yes - Instructors can use rubrics to manually or automatically evaluate student performance on activities linked to competencies and learning objectives conducted through a variety of course tools including the Quizzes tool, the Assignments tool, the Grades tool, the Discussions tool, and D2L ePortfolio items.
Automatic transfer of grades and comments from rubrics to gradebook and comment area – visible to students
Yes - supports holistic and
analytic rubrics with a virtually unlimited number of achievement levels.
Third-party integration to gradebook (iGrader, publisher content, etc)
Yes – iclicker/igrader
Attendance and/or participation tool
Yes – two tools. Attendance tool and Seating Chart tool.
Yes – Arithmetic, Fill-in-the-blanks, Long Answer, Matching,
Multiple Choice, Multi-Select, Multi-Short Answer, Ordering, Short Answer, Significant
Yes – IMS QTI format, delimited files (text, spreadsheet, csv, etc) and Respondus
Exam security addressed with features built into platform
Yes – password protection (Passwords are 40 or 128 bit
encryption and SSL enabled), timeframe, randomization of questions and answers, timed test, restrict by location (IP address), test pools, Full logging of start time, finish time, and IP address of every participant.
Allowance for extra time granted for quizzes/exams (accommodations)
Yes - From the Restrictions tab instructors can create special access for specific users.