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Faculty Resources

Building an Online Course

By incorporating proven instructional design strategies and utilizing the most effective pedagogical principles, we can work together to meet the diverse learning styles of our students. An instructional designer is available for consultation, design and development of supplemental course materials for use in online instruction, and training in the use and integration of the most effective and appropriate instructional technology tools.

Teaching an Online Course

Prior to teaching online for KU, each faculty member must successfully complete the Teaching Online Certification Course (TOCC).  The TOCC is based on the Quality Matters© rubric and has been developed collaboratively and is co-facilitated by a team of Instructional Designers from Kutztown, CalU, Clarion, Lock Haven, Edinboro and Shippensburg Universities. Each of the TOCC-affiliated universities, including KU, subscribes to the Quality Matters© program and utilizes the QM© rubric as the basis for Distance Education teaching support and course design consultation. 

If you are new to teaching online for KU and have not yet successfully completed the TOCC, please contact Douglas Scott 484-646-4250 or via email.

Supporting an Online Course 

Consultation, training and personalized support services are available throughout the year to support faculty teaching online for their first time, as well as provide support for faculty transitioning from teaching face-to-face to teaching online.

D2L and Technical Support

D2L Faculty Help Resources and Tutorials

Course Homepage

My Courses Widget (document)

News Items (document/video)


Adding Content

Add a Content Link (document/video)

Add Existing Activities (document/video)

Add New Activities (document/video)

Create a File (document/video)

Create a Module (document/video)

EBSCO Curriculum Builder (Reading List) (document/video)

HTML Editor (document/video)

Insert Stuff Tool (document)

Upload Content Files (document)/video)

Managing Content

D2L Bookmarks (document)

Download Course Content (document/video)

Reorder Content (document/video)

Update a Content Link (document/video)

Embedding Media

Embedding Films on Demand Videos (document)

Embedding Kanopy Videos (document)


Add and Remove Course Participants (document/video)

Email Classlist (document/video)


Grades Setup

Create a Grade Item (document/video)

Grade Schemes (document)

Grades Setup Wizard (document)

Grades Management

Bonus Points in Grades (document)

Export Grades (document/video)

Hide a Grade Item (document/video)

Import Grades (document)

Releasing Grades (document/video)


Quiz Setup

Bonus Quiz Questions (document)

Creating Quiz Questions (document/video)

Question Types (document)

Quiz Setup (document/video)

Quiz Submission Views (document)

Random Question Quiz (document)

Special Access (document/video)

Question Library

Import Questions from Question Library (document/video)

Question Library (document)

Quiz Management

Change an Answer After a Quiz (document)

Manually Publish Quiz Scores to Grades (document)

Printing D2L Quizzes (document/video)

Reset Student Quiz Attempt (document/video)

Respondus LockDown Browser (document)

Submit a Student Quiz (document/video)

View a Student Quiz Submission (document/video)


Discussion Setup

Attach Files to a Discussion (document)

Discussion Setup (document/video)

Discussion Management

Assessing Discussions (document)

Mark Discussion Posts as Read (document)

Saving Student Discussion Posts (document/video)

Subscribe to a Discussion (document/video)


Dropbox Setup

Dropbox Setup (document/video)

Dropbox Management

Audio Feedback (document/video)

Download Dropbox Submissions (document/video)

Evaluate Dropbox Submissions and Publish Scores (document)

Turnitin OriginalityCheck and GradeMark (document)


Groups Setup

Group Setup (document/video)

Group Tools

Group Discussions (document)

Group Dropboxes (document)

Group Lockers (document)


Checklists (document/video)


Attendance Setup (document)

Taking Attendance (document)

Wikis, Blogs & Journals

Campus Pack

Blogs (document/video)

Journals (document/video)

Wikis (document/video)

Group or Individual Wikis (document)

Course Setup and Administration

Activate a Course (document/video)

Copy Course Contents (document/video)

D2L Email Preferences (document)

D2L Quick Reference Guide (document)

Export Course Content (document/video)

Import Course Content (document)

Manage Files and Course Files (document/video)

Restrictions (document/video)

Release Conditions (document/video)

Communication Tools


D2L Chat (document)

Blackboard Collaborate Setup

Blackboard Collaborate Setup (document)

Blackboard Collaborate - iPad (document)