Archive for July, 2009



The login page for Springboard! has been improved.

Click here for a Guided Video Tour

Danger IconAs previously posted, Springboard! will be offline and unavailable this Friday, 07/31/09 as we upgrade to the newest version of the Learning Management System (v8.4.2).

We expect to resume normal operations with full system availability on Saturday, August 1st at 8:00AM.

Springboard! Upgrade is Coming!!! on 07/03/09 to see what is new in version 8.4.2.

Questions? Comments? Submit them below.

FUSION 2009 Desire2Learn Users Conference - The Art of Learning : Minneapolis-Saint Paul July 13th to 17th, 2009The 2009 Desire2Learn Users Conference will be held in Minneapolis-St. Paul Minnesota from July 13,2009 to July 17,2009.

This year’s theme is “The Art of Learning”.

Presentations by The University of Akron include:

Dr. Cheryl Ward – Student Created Learning Objects: Solving Real-World Problems in Desire2Learn

Dr. Jill Phipps and Suzanne Testerman – Yes We Can: Models for Successful Adoption of Desire2Learn and Leadership

For more information and to view the , go to the Fusion website.


Jump in the pool and swim with us!

Springboard! Administrators are asking you to support our efforts by helping us test the newest versions of the Learning Environment.

We are looking for volunteers to dive in and test the Gradebook Tool and at least one additional tool in our test environment.

If you are able to assist, please send an email to with your Name, UANet ID, Browser/Platform you will test on, the tools you will test, and when you can commit to testing Springboard! Version 8.4.2 during the period between July 9, 2009 and July 19, 2009.

Questions? Contact Suzanne Testerman, Coordinator of Learning Management Systems at

On Friday, July 31, 2009 Springboard! will be unavailable starting at 8:00AM as we upgrade to the newest Learning Environment version 8.4.2.

The system will once again be available on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 8:00AM.

There are no major changes to Springboard! in this upgrade which would require additional training.


What’s New In Version 8.4.2?

  1. New default font setting for the HTML editor for Content (does not affect any other tool).
  2. New Dropbox submission options available to allow only one file per submission or unlimited file submissions. In addition, there are expanded submission options to keep all submissions, overwrite submissions, or allow only one submission.
  3. Common Cartridge standard for imports now supported in this version. Some publishers have started to create their course materials to follow this new Common Cartridge standard. It improves the import of publisher materials.
  4. Edit Course takes Instructors to a newly organized page of tools, organized by Category.
  5. Improvements to Look and Feel. These changes are mostly cosmetic and will not require additional end-user training.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upgrade, please contact Suzanne Testerman, Coordinator of Learning Management Systems at

Desire2Learn has announced an integration pack for Respondus which provides users with the ability to simplify the publishing of quizzes and testbanks.

Click here to read the news release.

Desire2Learn (D2L) has announced several new clients.

To see what other institutions are utilizing the D2L Learning Management System click here.

Alert IconSpringboard! will be unavailable Friday, July 3rd, 2009 from 8:00AM to 9:00AM for brief system maintenance.