Other Ideas for Intelligent Agents
There are lots of things that you can do with Intelligent Agents within D2L. Thanks to Clint for the following ideas.
IA Ideas (click idea to jump to details):
Idea 1: Welcome Letter
- Roles = Pre-Activation Learner
- Release conditions =
- Repetition = Only the first time.
Idea 2: Making a "Pre-Activation Learner" account.
D2L super-admins: duplicate the "Learner" role, and name it "Pre-Activation Learner." This role will be necessary for remaining steps.
The SMS will (by default) enroll each new student as a "Pre-Activation Learner" and will update when it sees them switched to "Learner" within D2L.
The next step is how we cause the account switch within D2L.
Idea 3: Use an Intelligent Agent to Activate.
A D2L Intelligent Agent (IA) within each course can be used to switch your students from "Pre-Activation Learner" to "Learner."
In some districts, teachers will set-up their own IA's, while in others, this is done by admin.
Within a course, the IA from scratch, or you can import a sample. Here's how to import a sample IA:
- Download file to comp: https://wcln.ca/IA_from_PH11.zip
- Course Admin > Import/Export… > Import Components (from a course package)
How to adjust an Intelligent Agent:
- Go into Course > Course Admin > Communication > Intelligent Agents
- Click on the respective IA, “Student Activation”
- Check and adjust settings, focusing on the highlighted areas in the example below:
- Note: If unable (as a teacher) to set "change user enrollment," you may need to ask your local D2L Super-Admin to set this for you (or enabling you to adjust: "Roles and Permissions > Teachers > Intelligent Agents > Use Agent Enrollment Actions").
Idea 4: Course Release after Activation.
Part of being a "Pre-Activation Student" is not having too much access to the course, as you want students to focus their first efforts on the early assignments.
Thus, you'll want to block access to the majority of your course UNTIL the activation is complete.
HINT: Once you're done this step, a new student ONLY sees a small part of the course (ie. within D2L, there's no indication to them that they are only seeing a small part of the whole course). It may seem obvious, but you'll likely receive complaints from confused kids/parents when only seeing a small part. Thus, you may wish to use another IA to create a welcome letter and include something like, ".... Please note that you'll initially only have access to the first Unit in the course. After having your Unit 1 work submitted and graded, you'll gain access to the rest of the course."
The steps below show how to block Unit 2 in your course until activation happens. You would do these same steps for EACH of the units that you wish to block. For example, if activation happens in Unit 1, then you might leave Unit 1 open and block Units 2-8.
Create Condition > Select Condition Type
Condition Type = "Role in current org unit" > Criteria = "Enrolled as" > Role = "Learner" > Create
"All conditions must be met" > Save
Now, you'll see the conditional release icon on Unit 2:
Repeat this process for each remaining Unit.