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v10 D2L Sneak Peek: New Homepages

As you may know, OU Desire2Learn will be upgraded to v10 on May 25th, 2013. The upgrade will bring the first major visual change to the site since we first adopted D2L in 2005! The look and feel has been revamped to appear more simplified and sleek, including new fixed-width homepages and grouped navigation which decrease clutter. The new design should also improve the mobile experience!

My Home

Here is a quick look at the new “My Home.” The fixed-width, two column format is designed to work well on all types of displays and focus attention on the most important areas of the page. A new minibar, consistent throughout the site, has also been introduced for some new navigation tools – we’ll dive into this during the next sneak peek! v10 D2L My Home


Course Home – Students

Next up we have the new default course homepage that students will see. The Content Browser widget has been added to the homepage, allowing quick and easy access to content items! Additionally, some tools have been moved under the Assignments navigation grouping. v10 D2L Course Home for Students


Course Home – Instructors

Lastly, we will take a look at the new default homepage for instructors, and some levels of access for TAs. Overall, it looks very similar to the student view. Don’t forget about the Role Switch tool that will allow you to view your course as if you were a student! v10 D2L Course Home for Instructors

Don’t forget about the upgrade on May 25th – the site will be unavailable for the majority of this date, and it will look quite different when you log in again on the 26th. For more information, head on over to the upgrade information. Keep an eye out for more sneak peeks!

Kevin Buck

As an academic technology administrator, Kevin Buck primarily focuses on assisting faculty and students with the use of technology to enhance their learning experience. Over the past year, Kevin has taken a growing interest in digital media and mobile solutions. Kevin serves as the Digital Media Specialist for OU Information Technology, enabling and supporting the use of video to enhance the student experience. Prior, Kevin administered the campus LMS, Desire2Learn, and coordinated training and support for the system. Originally from Kansas, Kevin started working for OU IT in 2007 when he moved to Norman to pursue his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Information Studies and is currently contemplating what he'd like to pursue for his Masters degree.


  1. Just a suggestion – is there any chance you might embed an RSS feed of headlines from the OUDaily? Or maybe embed OU’s YouTube channel? Or embed the OU Campus Calendar? This landing page has some primo real estate, and it might also be a way to give people a sense of the power of embedding live content if you were to do that here on the D2L homepage where faculty would see that all the time when they log in!

    • Mark

      That sounds like a great idea. Also a better D2L app for Android would be greatly appreciated.