Users can set them up to send either and email or an SM message to their phone when changes take place in Discussions, Grades, Dropbox, News and Quizzes.  When setting up notifications it is important to understand that the emails come from a non-active email account in Desire2Learn (helpldesk@uwc.edu,) not from your instructor or students.  Please do not reply to the email. 

When setting up notifications there are several options including; when they are sent to you, which courses you include, what information is included, and again, if it is an email or SMS message that is sent.  Note these SMS messages count against  your text message account, so if you have a limit per month consider whether or not you want to have these notifications sent every day to your phone.

If you have any questions about Notifications and how to set them up, you can learn more by logging into Desire2Learn and going to: Notifications

In the Discussions area in D2L, you may not see a place to click to upload a file into your class discussion. This is likely due to your browser pop-up blocker settings. To fix this, simply hold down the CTRL key to bypass the pop-up blocker and display the Add File window in its entirety.

Shortly before the start of the fall 2013 semester, several web browser makers released new versions of their web browsers, new versions that deliberately established new and more restrictive rules for links, embedded items, and other web content. As a result, web browsers now decline to open or load web content that worked in the past.

 What is being blocked is called Mixed Content.  This is content that is non-secure web content on a secure web page.  Things like links, scripts, external style sheets and eventually images, embedded audio and video.  

This is being done to provide a safe and secure environment.  It is a known issue for us with FIreFox in D2L.

The best way for us to address this is to share a nicely done tutorial from Millersville University.  https://wiki.millersville.edu/display/d2ldocs/understanding+mixed+content#Understandingmixedcontent-Asaninstructorinoneormorecourses%2ChowmayIfixmycontent%3F

One key point is that in IE we tend to not see any issues and in most other browsers there is a “Shield” that can be clicked on to allow the content to be viewed.  Safari does not block mixed content.


For more information, check out the info from Millersville University.  (Special thanks to them for their work on this tutorial.)