During my daily walk through the faculty offices, I ran into an Associate Dean who wanted to talk about how to best use D2L for in-person classes. Unlike online and hybrid classes, which have formal PPCC standards for design and instructor practices, in-person classes are entirely at the discretion of the instructor and division. She was concerned at the number of students complaining about the lack of structure and resources within D2L for in-person courses.
In my time troubleshooting, I’ve run into all types of D2L shells for in-person classes. I’ve seen sections where the instructor has loaded all of their online class materials for their in-person class. This is overwhelming for students and can confuse them as to what’s required and what’s not. On the other hand, I’ve seen sections where the instructor hasn’t even logged in and I can see that students have logged in to find… nothing.
So, what’s right for an in-person class? I suspect this will be a conversation PPCC looks at in the coming months. A couple of years ago, PPCC joined the other colleges in the system in requiring a syllabus and Grades be kept in D2L. My experience has shown me this is far from universally followed. Even if the D2L shell has a syllabus and grades, students are likely expecting more, including electronic versions of handouts, a place to turn in Assignments and a course schedule.
So, let me ask you, what do you use D2L for in your in-person courses? What should it be used for?