Overall Satisfaction with Desire2Learn
Desire2Learn is the learning management system (LMS) used by all resident faculty and by the faculty offering courses online. It serves as a communication system between professors and students for delivering documents, keeping grades, sending messages, and posting announcements. While not all faculty use all the components of the system, all the faculty and the students have access to it. I use this LMS with all my resident classes in addition to the ones I have created for distance learning. I communicate via email and announcements (sometimes even with synchronous chats) as well as post documents, receive and return assignments, and keep grades with D2L.
Our university uses it for the delivery of training for technology resources, from the D2L system itself to workshops on leadership and advancement. It is also in use for delivery of faculty advancement portfolios.
- Providing an updated class list for ease of communication
- Storing documents that students will need to use
- Providing space for student groups to work in chat rooms and with document sharing
- Keeping grades that students can access at any time
- Allowing for a secure place to post recording from class
- Copying content and set up from one semester/session to the next
- The interface for creators of content can be clunky--lots of clicks, lots of steps to remember
- The discussions and dropbox files do not work well with rubrics--very awkward
- The system's updates, while helpful, seem to come both too often and without enough of the changes needed
- Cleaner appearance than other LMSs we have used
- Effective ways of measuring student progress through the course in a distance learning environment
- Accommodation of a wide range of teaching/learning styles