Nov. 29, 2017
Turnitin Plagiarism Checker
The Turnitin plagiarism checker is now integrated with D2L, and can automatically check your students' dropbox submissions for originality. To learn more about using Turnitin in D2L, please contact
Nov. 10, 2017
Respondus 4.0 Resources

The end of the Fall 2017 semester is quickly approaching. As you get ready to give finals, we wanted to remind you of the time-saving capabilities of Respondus 4.0. It can save you hours when you are creating online exams.

1) Importing Word Files - The import feature is a fast way to bring exam questions from Microsoft Word into the Respondus 4 application. From there it takes only a few clicks to publish the exam to your online course.

4-Minute training video:

Article with step-by-step instructions:

2) Respondus Test Bank Network – The leading textbook publishers make their test banks available in Respondus 4.0 format. This service is available for free to faculty who use Respondus 4. Simply search for the textbook being used in the course and request access to the test bank. Once the publisher grants access, faculty can use Respondus 4 and the test bank to easily create online exams. Here are several resources:

Test Bank Search:

4-Minute Training Video:

Full training webinar:

We hope these resources are helpful. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

MSU Office of Distance Education

May 15, 2017
D2L Activity Feed

For most people social media is part of their daily routine. There is now an Activity Feed widget available for your D2L courses. Go to the D2L blog here to learn about ways you can use an Activity Feed to improve classroom engagement.  

Adding the Activity Feed to your course is very easy. Follow these steps to start using it today:

1. Log in to D2L.
2. Click on the title of your course.
3. Click on Tools and select Edit Course.
4. Click on Homepages.
5. Under Active Homepage click on the pull down arrow and choose MWSU Course Default w/Activity Feed.
6. Choose Apply.

You can get more information about the D2L activity feed here. Let us know if you have any questions or if you need additional help with the widget.

MSU Distance Education

April 6, 2017
Brightspace/D2L Pulse

MSU Faculty,

Many of your students are using the Pulse app for D2L. We are getting calls from faculty wondering what it is when their students ask about it. We sent out a Postmaster regarding training for Pulse in January and in March, but we wanted to post it again here in case anyone missed those emails. Below is the News Item that we posted for students about the app. We also have a self-paced course on D2L for faculty to help them set up items in their courses which will make information more readily available for students that are using the app. The course is self-paced and takes about an hour.

Please let us know if you want to be enrolled in the course, or if you have additional questions.

Brightspace Pulse for Students - Available on iPhone, iPad, and Android™ devices.

A mobile app that helps you keep track of important updates. It brings news, deadlines, and grades together in one place so you can spend less time organizing and more time learning.

Helps you prepare.

You can check upcoming readings, assignments, and tests quickly to make better decisions about how to handle your workload.

    Weekly calendar view shows the busiest times at a glance
    Full schedule view displays every important date and deadline
    Personal events and milestones can also be added

Improve productivity.

App notifications keep you up to date with course news and can even let you know when the latest grades are available.

    Notifications include announcements, new course content, and more
    Class discussions can be read and replied to right within the app
    Swipe-to-reveal gestures let you check grades when you're ready

Keep connected.

Pulse is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android™ devices and provides seamless login to the Brightspace Learning Environment. You can stay connected with your courses anytime you're on campus, at home, or on the move.