The new version of Springboard (D2L 9.2) is coming and is set to become active on May 11th, but it is already active on our test system! That means that you can try out the new features now and help us ensure that they are fully functional before the upgrade to our production environment. One of the many new features that will be available—which is available right now in the test environment—is an updated pager tool.

The updated pager tool has a new look and has new features. A red mark will appear in the pager window when a message is received. An “Inbox” tab where you can filter your messages has been added. Also, a “Friends” tab and a “Classlist” tab have been added to make finding students or colleagues easier.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the pager tool.

Here are a few examples of ways you might use this functionality in your own courses:

  • Easily send out messages to an individual or an entire class.
  • Urgent announcements that may require student attention, such as a canceled class, can be sent out with ease.

To access the Springboard test system, visit: https://springboardtest.uakron.edu/

For more information on the 9.2 D2L upgrade, please visit: http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/07/desire2learn-learning-suite-expands-mobile-support.aspx
Jacob Bane
Graduate Assistant Design and Development Services

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