Faculty Online Resources

Office of Strategy and Innovation provides meaningful, useful, and practical professional development training and workshops that will allow faculty to acquire knowledge and skills in online teaching and maximize their contribution to their departments leading to student success.

Quick Start Guide to Setting Up a Course in D2L

D2L Course Template

We have created an easy-to-use template for those of you needing to transition courses online. It is in the zipped file - Download D2L Course Template. You will have to download this file and then extract its content, but it should then provide you with a shell you may then populate with your course content.

The Four Most Basic Things You Must Do
  1. Upload a Syllabus
  2. Set up Assignments
  3. Use Email
  4. Set up a Gradebook
Upload a Syllabus Prior to uploading any file into D2L, you must create modules. 
Create Modules and Submodules
  1. Create Modules and Submodules: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/a224 
  2. Upload your syllabus (or any file): https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/a092 
Set up Assignments

Assignments are anything you want them to be. What D2L provides is a way for students to submit their work to you, and for you to grade them online.

Use Email

D2L has its own email, separate from the Lone Star email. It is recommended that you use the D2L email for your online or hybrid class. Unlike the Lone Star Email, students cannot forward their D2L email to another email server. This eliminates the possibility of any emails being lost in transit through other email servers. In addition, if you want, you can have your students submit their work to you via email.

Set up a gradebook

Using the D2L gradebook serves several functions. First, students can see what their progress grades are, without having to ask you. Second, D2L does the math calculations for you. And third, a nearly permanent record is kept of student grades.  There are three basic steps to setting up a gradebook: create categories, choose a grading system, and add grade columns.

  1. Create categories: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/create-gradebook-category 
  2. Difference between Weighted and Points: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/c001
  3. Set up a Weighted System Gradebook: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/a128
  4. Add a Grade Column: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/a168

For more information on Faculty Online Resources, please contact Kentrie LeDee at KLeDee@lonestar.edu.

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