September 18, 2015
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Desire2Learn
We use Desire2Learn as our online course platform in the University System of Georgia. I am writing this as an individual, not as a representative of my institution or the USG. D2L is an easy platform to use once you have a little familiarity with it. The system allows a fair amount of flexibility with posting material, choosing when it should be posted, allowing flexibility with discussions and grading. I have used several other course management systems and so far, I like D2L the best of the ones I have used. My students report fewer problems with this system than with other systems that we use. It allows easy portability of materials between classes and has a lot of options for how materials are presented to students.
- Tests are easy to set up and administer, as well as easily allowing student exemptions.
- Uploading files into the system is very simple.
- Presenting material in different modules, including links and discussions about a certain topic, allows easy changes after setup.
- Discussion boards are hard to read in the current format--the "threads" don't appear as easily as in some other platforms, and so it makes it difficult to follow what has been written.
- The internal e-mail feature has a very small file attachment size, which limits its functionality for sending materials.
Desire2Learn is very good compared to Blackboard and has a lot more flexibility with presenting and organizing material. Desire2Learn is about the same as WebCT. There are similar features and while each one has its drawbacks, they are both acceptable for my current class needs. My students seem about equally comfortable with D2L and WebCT.