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UofC LMS Transition at a Glance - From Blackboard to Desire2Learn (D2L)

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July 15-17, 2013

- I went to D2L Fusion 2013 (Desire2Learn Users Conference) with a few others from the UofC.  That was my first real exposure to D2L.
Here are some of the sessions I attended:
- Desire2Learn Learning Environment for Administrators/ Instructors
- Desire2Learn Learning Environment Navigation and Theme
- A Quick and Dirty Desire2Learn Implementation

July 23, 2013

- We met with the consultant from D2L to plan our implementation and to begin looking at system configurations.

August 7-9, 2013

- A trainer from D2L visited the UofC and provided a 3-day training for administrators.

September 2013 - Fall semester

- We piloted 40 D2L courses, with over 4000 student enrollments. At the same time, we were still supporting Blackboard 8.

January 2014 - Winter semester

- Four faculties (Werklund School of Education, Science, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine) participated in the second phase of the pilot and were using D2L for all their Winter 2014 courses. Other faculties, including the Haskayne School of Business, Kinesiology and the Schulich School of Engineering also offered some courses in the D2L environment. 

- PeopleSoft (SIS) was successfully integrated with D2L.

February 2014

- A tool was developed in-house to allow instructors to import scantron grades into their D2L courses.

March 2014

- Destiny One (registration system for Continuing Education) was integrated successfully with D2L.
- Course mapping tool was developed in-house, allowing system administrators to combine courses and to create tutorial/ lab sections within existing lecture/ seminar courses.

April 2014

- D2L Grades Export Tool was developed in-house.  This tool allows the instructor to export grades from a D2L course for submission to PeopleSoft.

June 1, 2014

- Blackboard was decommissioned.

September 2014 - Fall semester
- Over 2975 D2L sites were created for this semester. 
- Student Signup Manager was built in-house. See
- Adobe Connect Meeting (webconferencing tool) was successfully integrated with D2L.
- Between August 1 and October 31, 1821 D2L support tickets were resolved.  It was a collaboration between two departments on campus: Information Technologies and the Educational Development Unit, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

We had a very ambitious timeline, but WE DID IT!

Special thanks to these wonderful people on the D2L Project team:
D'Arcy Norman, Heather Weiland, King Huang, Derrick Woo, Patrick Kelly, Lin Yu, Emily Sharpe, Jason Hampton, Irfaan Sorathia, Cindy Dunbar, Ayla Lo, Kevin Saito