You can adjust how the D2L Learning Environment looks and how certain things work by using the Personal pulldown menu on the Minibar.
The Personal Settings pulldown menu allows you to:
- Edit your Personal Profile
- Set Notifications
- Set up your Account
- Change your password
- View your Progress
Create and edit your personal profile through the Profile tool. Filling out your profile is optional, but this feature is a great way for social networking and meeting other users in a course.
Your profile information can appear in the Classlist. Your profile picture might appear next to your discussion posts, your name in classlists, and ePortfolio contributions.
Profile information also appears on profile cards, which display whenever you hover over or click on the thumbnail image of a user, if your organization enables this feature.
Depending on the information you include in your profile and what your organization enables, profile cards can show other users any of the following:
- your role in the organization
- your picture, or a generic image
- your personal tagline
- a link to your personal homepage
- your online status
- icons that link to the social networks you belong to
- links to contact you via Desire2Learn Email or the Pager tool
The Notifications menu enables you to:
- Receive instant notifications about course activity, such as grades, new discussion posts, upcoming quizzes, dropboxes, and news items. You can also choose to receive instant notifications about ePortfolio feedback and subscription activity.
- Subscribe to a summary of activity for each course and receive a daily email about quizzes, dropboxes, and discussion posts.
- Specify your preferred email address and mobile number for instant notifications. You can choose a different email address than your system email address.
Use the Account Settings tool to customize and manage your personal preferences for things such as your online status, Learning Environment's appearance, accessibility options, language and region, Discussions settings, and Email options.
- General Settings Enables you to change the email address where you receive system notifications or change your login password.
- Font Settings Adjusting the font face and font size changes the default font and size of text in the system. It does not affect images, documents, and other objects such as math equations.
- Dialog Setting The Show secondary window as options enables you to set secondary windows as pop-ups instead of dialog boxes. This setting helps screen readers and other assistive technologies separate the content of the secondary window from the main window. If you are using assistive technology such as a screen reader, we strongly recommend showing secondary windows as pop-ups.
- HTML Editor Settings Provides the option for you to turn off the rich text editor. The HTML editor has many additional rich text features that might be difficult to navigate with assistive technology. This option simplifies pages that have text fields, while still allowing you to include HTML content.
- Video Settings Select Optimize video presentation for programmatically-driven assistive technologies if you use assistive techonology, such as a screen reader, to navigate the web. This option ensures that your assistive technology can detect embedded videos; it does not affect the accessibility of specific video players.
- Locale & Language Preferred Locale and Language Sets which locale to use for screen orientation, text, and graphics in the system. The options in the drop-down list correspond to the locale options available at your institution. Administrative staff and course designers can override your preferences for specific pages and courses.
- Clock Sets whether time displays in 24-hour or 12-hour clock format.
- First Day of the Week Sets which day appears first in your calendar.
- Date Sets the display format of dates in the system.
- Number Format Sets the display format of numbers in the system.
- Percentage Format Sets the display format of percentages in the system.
- Time Zone Sets all dates that include times in Learning Environment to correspond with the time zone you specify.
- Signing In Online Status Sets whether you appear offline or online to other users when you are logged into the system.
- Application Settings Click Revoke Access if you want to force all your applications or devices to renew their authentication. This ensures that others cannot, for example, access your grades or send emails as you if you lose a mobile device or discover that a linked application is compromised.
The User Progress tool helps track student progress in a course by measuring their completion of 9 different progress indicators. Instructors can use User Progress to track their students' overall progress and prepare progress reports, while students can use User Progress to keep track of all of their course-specific assignments and feedback.
The User Progress tool is accessible from both My Home and the course level. From My Home, students can access their own progress reports for all of the courses they have active enrollment in. At the course level, both instructors and students can access user progress reports for the course they are currently in, although students can only view their own progress.
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