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Create new/copy course solution for faculty

Yes – copy tool for instructors

Syllabus building tool

Yes – upload file or use HTML editor

WYSIWYG editor and HTML utility to author text

Yes – includes insert objects such as videos

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).

Languages supported

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

Content repositories


Auto-saving features

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

SoftChalk integration


Google apps (drive) integration


Publisher content integration

Yes – both deep integration and SSO with redirect code embedded in course

TurnItIn integration

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.

Email tool

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

Yes – email, posts within course (discussion, homepage news item, etc.)

Threaded discussion tool linked to the gradebook


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

Blog tool

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.

Polling tool

With Wiggio, instructor can poll class during meeting. Also, through Top Hat Monocle, attendance/polling through app or iClicker can be done

Wiki tool

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


ePortfolio tool


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


Grading utility allows you to weigh, combine, and summarize other scores


Instructor offline grading options

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.

User activity


Exam/Quiz tool

Yes – Arithmetic, Fill-in-the-blanks, Long Answer, Matching,

Multiple Choice, Multi-Select, Multi-Short Answer, Ordering, Short Answer, Significant

Figures, True or False

Question builder for quiz/exam tool


Import utility for quiz/exam questions

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.

Display quiz/exam grade with/without questions options


Multi-take quiz/exams


Auto-grading options for quiz/exams

Yes – except long answer/essay questions

Variety of customizations for quiz/exam which allow for robust test design, randomized questions from multiple pools, limited time and date of access


Exam statistics for a course or instructor in the shell, drilling down to question level statistics


Utility for managing and reporting Learning Outcomes

Yes – Competencies tool

Campus/departmental learning outcomes repository


Learning outcomes tracking capability integrated with the assessment tools


Learning outcomes artifact storage integrated with assessment tools


Native adaptive learning component, which all instructors to determine gaps in learner’s skill set, and address these accordingly

Yes – LeaP learning engine uses language processing and analytics to determine gaps in a learner’s skill set and then provides tools, content, and techniques to address those gaps.

Adaptive learning solution does not call for additional hardware to be acquired by TCU


Platform allows for instructors to use a variety of content types in adaptive learning solution


Adaptive learning solution allows instructors to influence the recommendations made by the tool


Customized user profiles


System-wide roles (course editor, admin, TA student, staff,) that may be adjusted to provide specific privileges


Unlimited custom user roles with granular permission rights as defined by TCU


TCU can configure features/tools campus wide


Test campus for admins to review new features prior to adoption


SSO via campus portal AND a separate branded gateway


Early notification alerts to instructors for students who have not logged in or are falling behind

Yes – Intelligent Agents tool, includes both manual and automated monitoring and responses.

Localization without code modification (time zones)

Yes, user and system defaults. Admin can set defaults for pages and courses.

Mobile options

Mobile web (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry), Assignment Grader (iPad), Binder (iPad, Android, Windows 8), ePortfolio Mobile)

Instructor grading/authoring mobile app/solution

Yes - Assignment Grader and Mobile Web

Instructors can grade and add free-hand notes, mark-ups, strikethroughs and audio commentary directly to student submission from a tablet device.

This functionality is supported through D2L Assignment Grader (iPad only): Instructors can grade and leave feedback (text, audio, video) using the app.

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