We’re still months away from making the move to myLeo Online (D2L) but that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning ahead. To take advantage of all of D2L’s unique new features, it’s time to start taking a look at our current courses and making some changes. One big thing you can do while waiting for the migration process to start is to make sure your courses are ready to move! Here are my top three tips for prepping your course for migration:
- Save your documents from DocSharing. Your documents should come over in the migration from eCollege to D2L, but they might not be in the same organizational structure you had them in before. Go ahead and save everything you can to a jump drive or external hard drive to be sure you can find everything after the move.
- Put your videos on YouTube. Video is going to be a huge part of teaching with D2L, but videos that are hosted within eCollege make course packages big and bulky, meaning they take longer to move over and have a higher likelihood of failure. Go ahead and host your videos on a video hosting service like YouTube or Vimeo, or use the CFEI YouTube channel! This will increase the chances of a successful move and work as a back-up for your video content.
- Remove internal links in eCollege. Once you have your courses in the NOVA Term, go through each of them and remove internal eCollege links. Once your course moves, that link to DocSharing or Module 3 won’t work. It’s easier to do a little prep work on the eCollege side while you can than to have to clean up a bunch of broken links on the D2L side once your course is moved over.
If you have questions or concerns about packing up your course for migration, we’re here for you. The CFEI staff will be hosting another packing party July 10th-12th from 9am to 4pm in our conference room. We’ll have snacks, coffee, and knowledgeable staff on hand to help you out with whatever you need. Come see us!