Announcements

Below are the latest news and announcements from LSC-Online, as seen in the D2L Announcements widget. This page will be regularly updated, with the newest information at the top.

LSC-Online also provides other outlets of helpful information, including an email newsletter, a video newsletter, and an event calendar.

 


Scheduled Archiving
Posted in D2L on Sep 15, 2021 12:01 AM

Starting Thursday, September 30th, we will be archiving D2L courses, sandboxes, and community groups that are at least one year past their end dates. This archive will include courses from Spring 2020 and before.

Archived courses will no longer show in your My Courses list in D2L; however, they will continue to be available in your course copy menu for one additional semester.

If you need to regain access to an archived course, please go to VTAC Support and select the Archived Course Restore form under Course Design to request that your access be restored.



Video Newsletter - Fall 2021
Posted in D2L on Aug 25, 2021 9:30 AM

The Online Update is a video newsletter produced every major semester by Lone Star College-Online.

Here are the topics in the Fall 2021 Episode:

  • New Assignment Evaluation Experience
  • Updated Editor Toolbar
  • Course Wide Accommodations
  • Quick Eval Widget
  • VTAC Knowledge Base
  • VLAC for Students



August D2L Update
Posted in D2L on Aug 24, 2021 12:01 AM

The August update for D2L is scheduled for Friday, August 27th.

Important information regarding the update:

Assignments

  • There is a change in the Evaluation tool for Assignments. The new tool allows inline rubric scoring, gives the professor the ability to see all of a student's submissions in the evaluation screen, and is more intuitive to use. 

D2L Text Editor

  • The new D2L editor is available throughout the D2L environment. The editor offers more options and is more intuitive to use.

Brightspace Pulse

  • All grades for a course are now visible in a new Grades tab.



Fall 2021 Semester Start
Posted in D2L on Aug 23, 2021 5:00 AM

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester!

To get started in your D2L course, please explore the following resources:

D2L Semester Start Checklist: This checklist will assist you in making a smooth start in your D2L courses and includes topics like copying content and merging course sections. You can find it at the following link: D2L Semester Start Instructor Checklist.

Visit the VTAC Knowledge Base: This site contains guides to help you work with your new D2L course. You can learn more at the following link: Using the VTAC Knowledge Base.

D2L resources for students can be found at this link: Virtual Learning Assistance Center



RESOLVED: D2L Webex Integration Outage
Posted in D2L on Jul 23, 2021 10:19 AM (Edited)

The Webex Integration within D2L is now available. Faculty and students should be able to access meetings through the integration without incident.

Original Message: The Webex Integration within D2L is currently unavailable. LSC-Online is working to resolve this issue, and will update this announcement once the integration is operating correctly. Please use LoneStar.Webex.com to host and attend upcoming meetings until this issue is resolved.



July D2L Update
Posted in D2L on Jul 20, 2021 12:01 AM

The July update for D2L is scheduled for Friday, July 23rd.

Important information regarding the update:

Quizzes

  • The introduction field is no longer available; if there was text in the introduction field, it has been moved to the Description field.
  • The report setup will no longer be located on a tab when editing the quiz. Instead, the context menu for the quiz on the Quizzes screen will now have Setup Reports and View Reports.
  • The "Grace Period" for a quiz can now be set to zero.
  • For quizzes that contain questions that need to be manually scored (such as Written Response questions) AND that have the "Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion" option disabled, a new Pending Evaluation status appears beside the quiz attempt on the Grade Quiz page.



VTAC Forms Unavailable on July 20th
Posted in D2L on Jul 7, 2021 9:00 AM

Please be advised that starting Tuesday, July 20, at 10:00 pm through Wednesday, July 21, at 12:00 am, the VTAC Support Page and VTAC forms (such as Merge Rosters or Reconcile Your Rosters) will be unavailable due to maintenance.

VTAC help articles will still be available, and this process will not affect any work done in D2L or Third-party Integrations.



June D2L Update
Posted in D2L on Jun 22, 2021 12:01 AM

The June update for D2L is scheduled for Friday, June 25th.

Important information regarding the update:

Attendance Registers - Instructors will now be able to restore mistakenly deleted attendance registers and associated session data.

Sent Email - When a user sends an email, a copy will automatically be saved in the Sent Mail folder.

Rubrics - Instructors will now be able to reorder criterion groups.

Quiz Questions - Scientific and mathematical equations are rendered seamlessly without the need to use the LaTeX equation option in the Equation Editor.

Work To Do Widget - Students will see a summary of assigned learning activities from all their courses that are overdue or have an upcoming due date.



Summer 2021 Semester Start
Posted in D2L on Jun 1, 2021 12:49 PM

Welcome to the Summer 2021 Semester! To get started in your D2L course, please explore the following resources:

D2L Semester Start Checklist: This checklist will assist you in making a smooth start in your D2L courses and includes topics like copying content and merging course sections. You can find it at the following link: D2L Semester Start Instructor Checklist.

Visit the VTAC Knowledge Base: This site contains guides to help you work with your new D2L course. You can find it at the following link: VTAC Knowledge Base.

D2L resources for students can be found at this link: Virtual Learning Assistance Center



VTAC Forms Unavailable This Weekend
Posted in D2L on May 28, 2021 10:00 AM

Please be advised that starting this evening, Friday, May 28, through Monday, May 31, at 9:00pm, the VTAC forms (such as Merge Rosters or Reconcile Your Rosters) may be intermittently unavailable.

During this time, LSC-Online will be running a process to ensure iStar and D2L records are the same. If you encounter an error using a form during this time, you may try again after some time has passed.

This process will not affect any work done in D2L.



Scheduled Archiving
Posted in D2L on May 26, 2021 12:00 PM

Starting: Wednesday, June 9, 2021

For: Courses one year past their end dates

Starting Wednesday, June 9th, we will be archiving D2L courses, sandboxes, and community groups that are at least one year past their end dates. This archive will include courses from Spring 2020 and before.

Archived courses will no longer show in your My Courses list in D2L; however, they will continue to be available in your course copy menu for one additional semester.

If you need to regain access to an archived course, please go to VTAC Support and select the Archived Course Restore form under Course Design to request that your access be restored.



May D2L Update
Posted in D2L on May 25, 2021 8:00 AM

The May update for D2L is scheduled for Friday, May 28th.

Important information regarding the update:

Rubrics Improvements - Instructors will be able to copy an individual rubric criterion. They will also be able to print rubrics or export to PDF.

Assignments - Instructors will be able to annotate .txt file-based assignments.

Quick Eval Widget - A Quick Eval widget will appear in the right-hand column of the D2L home page and course home pages. This widget displays a list of up to six activities with submissions to evaluate.



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