D2L Extras

For Faculty: Expand each below for assistance in using these tools with D2L: 

ePortfolio - Showcase of Accomplishments

An ePortfolio is simply an electronic version of the traditional paper-based portfolio which is used to showcase and demonstrate knowledge, skills and achievements.  In D2L the term "ePortfolio" is commonly used to refer to a web page you create within D2L ePortfolio, called a  "presentation." 

ePortolio access may be found on the D2L My Home page. You may see a link to ePortfolio within several courses along the course navigation bar (navbar). Many MTSU courses use the ePortfolio feature as an integral course component.

ePorfolio link within D2L on the My Home page


ePortfolio within a Course Navbar

ePortfolio Instructor Documentation - reference created by D2L

ePortfolio Student Documentation - reference created by D2L

Learner Videos created by D2L

An MTSU Lib Guide has also been created for student assistance by Ryan Griffin from MTSU.


Turnitin - Originality Checking of Papers

Turnitin is a tool that has been integrated within D2L. Within the dropbox feature of D2L, instructors will have a Turnitin tab to make use of Grademark (an online grading tool) and/or the Originality Checker (an academic integrity comparison tool). 

To be checked for originality, the paper needs to be in an acceptable Turnitin format

Setup Turnitin for Grademark and Originality Check of student's papers:

Login to D2L and go into your course.

Click Assessments on the navigation bar (navbar) and then click Dropbox.

Click New Folder.

Type in a name for the assignment such as Chapter 1 Assignment.

Type in the instructions for the student to follow for creating this assignment file to be submitted.

Click the Turnitin Tab and check the Enable Grademark for this folder and check the Enable Originality Check for this folder.

Decide if you want the students to also see their Turnitin similarity scores.

Enable Grademark and Originality Checking

At the bottom of the screen click the More Option in Turnitin button.

Click Optional Settings

Click the standard paper repository box and decide if you want to store these student papers in Turnitin's repository or not.

Also decide if you want to allow any type of file to be submitted. Some faculty use Grademark only for making comments on papers even though it isn't in an acceptable format for originality checking.

Click Submit.

Decide if you want the student's paper stored in the Turnitin Database Decide if you want to accept any type of file

Click Save and Close.

Review using Turnitin's GradeMark tool for online grading.

Review the Turnitin Originality Check.

Once a student paper has been checked for originality, you'll see a percentage next to the file name.

Percentage next to student paper for originality check


If you click that percentage, Turnitin's Feedback Studio opens and on the right edge of the screen it will list that percentage number in red. When you click that number, all the sources where Turnitin found a match will appear along the right edge.

Turnitin Matches ordered by number

You can click the source to see what was contained from that site. You might use this information for formative assessments with students as you begin to use the Originality Check option to help educate students about what creating an original paper looks like.



Respondus - Word to D2L Question Library

MTSU has a sitewide license for Respondus which integrates with D2L. One nice option within Respondus is to be able to take a Word file (created in a specific format) and convert it into a D2L quiz or D2L question library.

To use Respondus, faculty need a password to be able to download a copy and install it on their local machine. Request installations and use directions from FITC

FYI: Respondus does not work with Macs yet. 


Publisher Content (Pearson, Cengage, McGraw-Hill, Macmillian, Knewton, and more)

We are often asked to help add a widget to a D2L course homepage that integrates with a certain publisher:

Login to D2L and go into your course.

Click Edit Course and then click Homepages.

Click the dropdown next to the Current default homepage and choose Copy.

Click the dropdown to copy the homepage for editing

Click the name of the new homepage - copy.

Click the new copied homepage

You might want to adjust the name of this homepage to something related to your course such as  - HIST 1010 Homepage.

In the widgets area, on the right side near the bottom, click Add Widget. In the list, look for your publisher related widget and click Add.

You can click hold and drag that widget to a new spot - for instance above the Updates widget. Click Save and Close.

Type in new homepage name
Click Add Widget to select the publisher appropriate widget

To use this new Homepage, at the top of the Edit Course/Homepages screen select the newly named homepage as the Active Homepage and click Apply.

Select new homepage for the Active Homepage and click Apply

You should now see the widget related to this publisher on the Course Home for creating a pairing with your class. Follow the publisher directions at this point.

We are also asked how to add a link to Publisher material within the D2L Content area.

Login to D2L and go into your course.

Click Content and click the module where you would like the link to the Publisher Material.

Click Add Existing Activities and then click External Learning Tools.

 Publisher External Learning Tools

Click the appropriate Integrated Publisher option and a link will be added to your course for student use. You often need to do work on the Publisher Material side and your publisher contact can assist with that.

 Select Publisher Integration

After selecting that Integrated Publisher option you will see something like this within that content module of D2L for you and your students to click to get to the publisher materials:

Publisher Link in Content

The link should help you and your students work within the publisher material as you have designed at the publisher site. Again, contact your publisher rep for any details with using their material/site.




Panopto - Video

Information: Panopto is a powerful video management system that allows you to create video presentations, capture lectures, add narrations to presentations, etc. Panopto is available to all Jones College of Business faculty, staff and students. You can work with Panopto in the classroom, in your office or at your home. Use Panopto to deliver a flexible, easy to use, interactive and engaging class!

Panopto Support

Panopto Quickstart for Faculty


TurningPoint - Clicker use

Information: TurningPoint lets teachers poll students for understanding or to ask interactive questions on-the-fly. In addition, TurningPoint seamlessly integrates with D2L, allowing teachers to save valuable time uploading student information, results and other real-time polling data.

Contact the MTSU TurningPoint rep for an instructor kit, to download the software, and for detailed directions.

Clicker-technology could also be integrated into PowerPoint for increasing student participation as you move through a Powerpoint presentation in class. It may assist with gauging whether students are absorbing class concepts. 


LinkedIn Learning (Lynda) - Tutorials for Learning a Wide Variety of Skills

Information: MTSU students, faculty, and staff have access to the online training video library. Tutorials are available for thousands of writing, publishing, graphic design, animation, and audio/video programs; career fields like marketing, filmmaking, game creation, IT security, and web design; and even job skills such as time management, and project coordination.  Even create playlists for your students and link to the playlist from within your D2L courses. So whether for classroom assignments or personal and professional development, you can learn with Lynda. 

Accessing LinkedIn Learning (Lynda) with your MTSU credentials




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