You should know how to navigate within the Student Orientation lessons now. But, just remember to read and watch the information on all tabs in this lesson before clicking the Next button at the bottom of the page to move on to the Try It.
- D2L Email Overview
- Email Tour
- Emailing from Classlist
- Email Folders
- Replying to Email
- Attaching a File
- Opening Attachments
- Netiquette Policy
- Effective Communication
D2L Email Overview
Desire2Learn (D2L) has its own email system. That means that all students, facilitators, and teachers have a D2L email. Students should use D2L email when contacting their teachers, not school or personal accounts. Your email is the D2L username you login with followed by @access.desire2learn.com.
Example 1: If your username is hermoine.granger, your D2L email is email@example.com
Example 2: If your username is christopher.smith89, your D2L email is firstname.lastname@example.org
You only have one email, even if you are enrolled in several classes. All of your email from all of your teachers will come to this single email account. If you take more ACCESS classes next year, your email and username will stay the same.
As a student, your D2L email has some limits. You are only able to send to and receive email within D2L. You should only email your teacher and facilitators at their D2L email addresses. If you try to use their school email, your message will not go through.
Let’s learn a little more about D2L Email.
Emailing from Classlist
Using Folders in Email
Replying to Email
Attaching a File
Opening an Attachment
You’ve probably heard the term netiquette before. Netiquette is simply the rules of common courtesy that we follow in an online classroom.
ACCESS has a full netiquette policy in the ACCESS Student Policy Manual. Take a second to read it. That’s pretty dense. What does that policy mean? Watch the video below to find out.
What are some keys to effective communication by email?
First, check for emails from your teacher daily. This should be part of your routine when you log into D2L every day. Check your News, and then check your email, especially if you have just asked a question. Teachers should respond to emails within 24-48 hours at most. Your teacher may not email you every day. However, if they do, make sure to read and answer right away.
Second, give a descriptive subject line in your email. If you are asking a question about an assignment, which is more helpful – a subject line saying question or a subject line saying question on 6.02 Verb Conjugations? Not only will this help your teacher, it will help you as well.
Third, be as specific as possible in your email. If you say, “I don’t understand the lesson,” your teacher may have to email you back and forth several times to give help. If you say, “I don’t understand how many paragraphs my essay should be,” your teacher can probably help right away.
Finally, email your teacher frequently. Even if you are doing well, email at least once a week. Let them know what is easy and what you are struggling with. Your teacher cannot see you and may not know how hard you are working. Take the time to reach out to them. If you get to know your teacher, it will be easier to ask them for help when you need it.