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Course Home Page Top of Page

After selecting a course from your My Superior Courses, you will be brought to the Course Home page. (See image)  This page is made up of widgets and each has specific information to help you succeed in the course or to get help when you need it.  The widgets are:

  • News (highlighted in red) - will contain information mostly from your instructor, occasionally there will be a "Global" news item from the Learn@UWSuperior Administration similar to the Copyright Notice in each course.
  • Updates (highlighted in orange) - similar to what you see in the My Superior Courses area, but these activities are specific to the course you are in.
  • Calendar (highlighted in green) - will display upcoming events that your instructor has created for the course.
  • Technology Support (highlighted in blue) - tells you how to get help quickly if you are having technical difficulties in Learn@ UWSuperior.
  • Jim Dan Hill Library (highlighted in purple) - has links to important library web pages.

Course Navigation Bar

The Course Navigation bar has two parts, there is a Minibar (A) that is visible above the Course Navigation bar (B) no matter where you are in the course (see image).  If you click on the course name in the Minibar it will take you back to the Course Home page.  If you use the dropdown menu to the right of the course name, you can search for different course you are enrolled in.

The Course Navigation now has dropdown menus - Materials, Communication, and Assessment (see image).  The course tools with similar functions are grouped together in Learn@ UWSuperior.

Course Home Class Related Tools:

(listed as they appear in the Navigation dropdown menus)

Course Home will refresh the Course Home page.




  • Competencies
  • Dropbox
  • Grades
  • Quizzes
  • Surveys (See image)

Note: Some instructors may not use Learn@UWSuperior or may only use a few of the tools in their courses.  A course shell is provided for each course, but it is up to the instructor to determine if the course tools will improve the learning experience for his or her students.

Content (Materials) Top of Page

Content, located in the Materials dropdown menu, contains course information, sometimes as downloadable files or links to other sites. (See image)  This Table of Contents page is like an outline for the course, the headings in black text are called Modules.  The information within those Modules are called Topics.  The information created by the instructor could include a syllabus, University and/or the instructor's policies, assignments, reading materials, etc.

Key Features:

  • Completion Tracking - the Content area now has the ability to keep track of the items you've viewed (see image).  Some will automatically be marked as viewed when you open them, others you will need to check the box next to "Task: View this topic" (see image)
  • Printing - If you print from the Table of Contents (see image), you will just be printing that list view not the individual items within the Modules.  To print the syllabus or assignments, you need to go to that Topic and use the print button under the topic (see image).
  • Send to Binder - Binder is an App that Desire2Learn has created to view Content topics on a mobile device (see image).  You can view the topics that you send to the app and make notes right on the document.  Your instructor may limit what you can send to the Binder app (see image).

 Viewing a Topic:

  1. Click on a blue Topic link, this will take you to the page that is linked to that topic (see image).  The icon in front of the name will show what type of link this is - web page, PowerPoint presentation, Word document, Dropbox assignment, Discussions posting, Quiz, etc.
  2. When you have a Topic open for viewing (see image), you should see:
    1. Navigation (highlighted in red) - move between Topics by using the arrows in the upper right corner, move between Topics and Modules using the side navigation panel.  Bookmark any Topic that you feel you will view regularly and it will appear in the Bookmarked area (see image).
    2. Topic information (highlighted in orange) - this is the information your instructor has placed in the system for that Topic.  It could be a Web page (like this example), Word Document, PowerPoint, PDF, etc.; a link to a tool within Learn@UWSuperior or to an outside website; or a multimedia clip.
    3. Send to Binder, Reflect in ePortfolio, Download, and Print buttons (highlighted in green)
    4. Activity Details (highlighted in blue) - this will be where you would manually check that you viewed the Topic for the Completion Tracking.
    5. Last Visited (highlighted in purple)

Classlist (Communication) Top of Page

The Classlist,located in the Communications dropdown menu, is a list of all the students in your class, as well as the instructors and teaching assistants. The Classlist is divided into three tabs: All tab, Staff tab, and Students tab. You are able to print, Email everyone or individuals on a tab (see image), and search from each one.

You can view any groups that you are a part of by clicking on the View by: dropdown menu and selecting Groups from the list (see image); click the Apply Filter button (see image); click on the Groups dropdown menu and select the group you want to view (see image); click the Apply Filter button again (see image); and the members of the group you selected will appear below (see image).

To edit your profile from the Classlist, you will need to click on your profile image and to view shared files you will need to click on the dropdown menu next to your name (see image).


Discussions (Communication) Top of Page

The Discussions tool, located in the Communication dropdown menu, is for writing and reading messages on the class bulletin board.  Depending on the course, there may be several Discussion Forums and Topics or none.  The instructor will provide the title and an optional description of each Forum (highlighted in red) and Topic (highlighted in orange).  To the right of the Topic title, you will see the number of Threads, the number of Posts, and who posted the last message (highlighted in green). (See image)

Enter a Discussion by clicking on the name of a Topic. (See image)  If your instructor has set the "Must Post First" option for this topic, you will need to Start a New Thread before you will be able to see what anyone else has written. (See image)  If there are any unread messages for that Topic, it will have a blue bar to the left of the name. (See image)

Starting a New Thread

  1. Select a Forum and Topic you wish to post a message in. (See image)
  2. Click on the Start a New Thread button. (See image)
  3. The screen will expand to show the Subject and message area.  The Forum and Topic names will be listed for you, fill in the Subject line, and type your message in the box.  This is an expandable HTML Editor, drag the lower right corner of the box out to have a larger typing area.  By default, the "Subscribe to this thread" box is checked, this means that you will receive notifications when someone replies to your thread.  You can add a file or record an audio message by clicking on the Add attachments link.  Click the Post button when you are finished. (See image)
  4. Back on the Topic screen, your new post will appear on the list. (See image
    Note: For you it won't appear as an unread message, but when others reply to it you will see their messages as unread with the blue line to the left of the message.

Editing Your Existing Thread

  1. If you want to edit your message, click on the dropdown menu to the right of the message name and select "Edit Thread" from the list. (See image
  2. When you have made your changes to the message, click the Update button. (See image)

Replying to an Existing Message

  1. Select the thread you wish to reply to. (See image)
  2. Click the Reply to Thread button. (See image)
  3. Type your reply and click the Post button. (See image)
  4. Your reply will be displayed under the original message. (See image)

Dropbox (Assessment) Top of Page

The Dropbox, located in the Assessment dropdown menu, is a convenient way to send assignments to your instructor.  Files must be created and saved on your computer before they can be uploaded to the Dropbox.  Your instructor may have set up folders in the Dropbox for assignments or group projects. (See image)  Start dates (highlighted in red), Due dates (highlighted in orange), and End dates (highlighted in green) can be placed on the Dropbox folders. (See image)

Note:  The Start Date is when the folder opens, the Due Date is when the assignment needs to be submitted by, and the End Date is when the folder closes.  Any assignment submitted after the Due Date will be marked as late and is up to your instructor to accept it or not, some may take points off for lateness.

Naming a File

When uploading files to the Dropbox Folder avoid using the following special characters in your file names - " ! @ # $  % ^ & * ; / \ | : < > ? '  Your instructor will not be able to view your submissions.  If you have Microsoft Works, Corel Word Perfect, or iWorks Pages you might want to save the file as a text file (.txt) or rich text format (.rtf) document in case your instructor does not have any of those programs on the computer they are using to view your submissions.

If you submit a file with the same name as an existing file you previously submitted to the Dropbox folder, the new file will be renamed to include (1) after the filename, for example "JDoeReport.doc" will change to "JDoeReport(1).doc".

Submitting a File

  1. Select the Dropbx Folder name you want to upload a file into. (See image)
  2. In the Submit Files area, click on the Add a File button. (See image)
    Note: If your instructor uses Rubrics to assess students' work, you will see an example of the one used listed on this submission screen.  (See image) You may need to click the Show Rubrics link to see the rubric.
  3. Next click the Upload button to locate the file on your computer, "G" Drive, flash drive, etc. (See image) Depending on your browser, you might be able to drag and drop the file from the location on your computer into the box around the Upload button. (See image)
  4. Select the file that you want to upload, and click Open.  Keep in mind that file names should not contain any spaces or the special characters listed above.
    Note:  If you need to submit more than one file, click the Upload button again after the first file has processed and look for the next file. (See image)
  5. When you have the file(s) selected, click Add. (See image)
  6. You will be brought back to the Submit Files screen, your file(s) should be listed under the Add a File button.  If you have uploaded the wrong file, click on the red "X" to the right of the file name and it will be removed. In the Comments text box, you can type a message to your instructor, such as "Sam Student's assignments".  Click the Submit button to complete the submission process. (See image)
  7. Your file(s) will be uploaded to the Folder and you will see a page confirming that the file(s) have been added to the folder successfully. This page will also show submission information (date, time, file size, etc.).
  8. Click on the Done button to return to the main Dropbox page, View History to see what you've uploaded to this course, or Upload More Files if you need to add more. (See image)
    Note: Later you can view your history from the main Dropbox screen by clicking View History button to see a list of all the files that you have submitted to the Dropbox for this course. The files are listed by Dropbox folder, use the dropdown menu to change folders and click the Apply Filter button to complete the action.(See image)

Instructor Feedback

If your instructor has graded your assignment and left comments on your submission(s) in Learn@ UWSuperior, you can see the feedback by going back to the Dropbox Folders list.  There are three columns, Score (highlighted in red), Submissions (highlighted in orange), and Feedback (highlighted in green).  (See image)  If you have lost a file that you previously uploaded, you can click on the Submission number for the Dropbox Folder and download it back to your computer, "G" Drive, or Flash drive.  This will also be where you see the Turnitin Reports.  To see any feedback your instructor has left, clicking on the View icon.  (See image)  It will show the score you received for the submission, the date the feedback was given, and any comments your instructor has made.

Dropbox Folders with Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark Enabled

Your instructor may use Turnitin to check for plagiarism and grammar. (See image)  They may also allow you to see the reports that Turnitin generates. (See image)  See our handout on Viewing a Turnitin Originality and GradeMark Report from Learn@UWSuperior for more information.

Grades (Assessment) Top of Page

Your Grades can only be accessed by you, your instructor, and teaching assistants.  Using the Learn@UW-Superior gradebook to post grades is optional--official final grades may be viewed in the E-Hive.  If you cannot access your grades on Learn@UW-Superior, please contact your instructor.

Some instructors will make categories (Weekly Assignments; Quizzes; Labs; Attendance; etc) to group the individual grade items (Assignment 1, 2, 3; Exam 1, 2; Day 1, 2, 3, 4; etc) together.  The points will be displayed with the category's total points above the list of each individual item's points.  Comments left by your instructor will appear on the screen as well as any Rubric assessments they may use. (See image)

Class Statistics

If your instructor releases class grade statistics, click on the statistics icon to view the class average and class distribution for a  particular assignment or quiz.  (See image)  The statistics will open in a new window.  (See image)

Quizzes (Assessment) Top of Page

This area contains the quizzes created by your instructor.  (See image)

  1. Quiz or exam name and link to start the quiz.
  2. Next to the name of the quiz is a dropdown menu with Submissions and Reports links.  Submissions will take you to the page that will show the attempts you have made for that quiz, including the score, date, time of the attempt, and any comments that the instructor has made about your attempt.  See our "Viewing your submission results after taking the quiz" handout for more information on this.  Reports will take you to the page that will show any reports the instructor has created for that quiz.
  3. If a quiz or exam has a time restriction, that will be listed below the quiz name.
  4. The number of attempts available will be listed here.  When you have taken a quiz, it will display 1/1,1/2, Unlimited, etc.

See our Taking a Quiz page for more information.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions:  These questions will have several possible answers but only one correct answer.  To select the correct answer, click the radio button (circle) beside the correct answer.  (See image)
  • Multi Select Questions:  These questions will have one or more correct answers.  You will be able to identify the multi select questions from the multiple choice as multi select questions have checkboxes while multiple choice questions have radio buttons. (See image)
  • True/False:  These questions will appear the same as the multiple choice questions with only two answers, true or false.  Click the radio button beside the answer you want to select. (See image)
  • Long Answer Questions:  For this type of question, you would have to type the answer to the question in the text box that is provided for you.  Note: The score that you receive once you submit your quiz/test will not include the points you received on this type of a question since it must be manually graded by your instructor. (See image)
  • Short Answer Questions:  These questions are similar to the long answer questions, although the space that is provided for you to type your answer is limited.  (See image)
  • Fill in the Blanks Questions:  In this type of question, a text box will be provided for you to type in your answer. (See image)
  • Matching Questions:  For this type of question, there will be two rows, the right side will have a number before the word or the sentence and the left side will have a text box beside the word or sentence.  To match the word or the sentence, type the number in the text box that the word or sentence corresponds to. (See image)
  • Ordering Questions:  For this type of question, you will have to order the answers.  In the text box beside the answer, type in the order (i.e. 1, 2, 3).  (See image)

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