Oklahoma State University utilizes the Desire2Learn learning management system, and our provost has strongly encouraged all faculty members to make it an integral part of their teaching. However, due to the extensive and somewhat complex nature of the software adoption rates among our faculty are not at the level which the administration would like. To address this, I have created over 100 short video tutorials using a simple setup involving my webcam, a green chroma-key background, and Camtasia to help our faculty and staff learn to use D2L in a more comprehensive manner.
Each Monday a two-minute tip is sent to virtually everyone involved in a teaching capacity on campus, and the result has been an increase in usage as well as a flood of positive comments from people ranging from longtime veterans to new users. Videos are also available at our online archive and are divided into six major categories: General Information, Content, Gradebook, Discussions, Dropbox, and Quizzes.
Feedback from Faculty
I want to tell how valuable I have found your 2 minute videos have been. I play them each time they have come in as it is so easy to stop and listen to them because of the format, and then go back to my email reading. A large part of why I can do that is because you are doing a professional job with your brief, but complete explanation, of the D2L topic. Even if I am already familiar with the topic, I play it out to get your pitch and information. This was a great step upward in helping the faculty to use and also to improve their use, of the D2L features.
Antone K., Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology
I just watched your GradeMark D2L video—loved it! These little videos are great for dinosaurs like me! I keep trying to find ways to keep my student feedback substantial while utilizing D2L dropbox for all assignments. This is most helpful information. My students in all classes are figuring out that I mean it when I say I don’t want hard copies of anything.
Pam B, Professor, Curriculum Studies
I really appreciate your weekly D2L tips videos! You are highlighting a lot of hidden areas of D2L that I’ve never taken the time to explore before.
-Penny T., Professor, Educational Technology