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Activity Feed

Activity Feed is a tool that can be used on the homepage to engage with students more frequently. Using the Activity Feed, instructors can posts course updates, links, and more. This tool contains a commenting feature that allows students to respond to post reminders, subject matter news, current events, etc. 

Add Activity Feed to the Homepage

  1. Access a course via D2L.
  2. Select Edit Course in the navbar to view the dropdown menu. 
  3. Select Course Administration.
  4. Select Homepages.
    homepages icon
  5. Select Course Homepage w/Activity Feed from the dropdown menu.
  6. Select Apply.

Create Activity Feed Post

  1. Navigate to the Course Home. 
  2. Select the plus sign [A].
    add new news item
  3. Type the message in the box.
  4. To turn off the commenting feature, select the checkbox next to "Allow Comments" [A]. 
  5. To attach a file, website, link, or video select the paperclip icon [B]. 
    allow comments and paperclip icon
  6. Select Post Later to schedule for another time or Post to schedule immediately.
  7. The character limit for a post in Activity Feed is 3,065 characters. If this limit is exceeded once Post is selected an error message will appear.

Manage Commenting and Posting

  1. Select the dropdown arrow next to the Activity Feed [A].
    dropdown for activity feed
  2. Select Manage commenting and posting from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select the preferences desired for commenting and posting.
  4. Select Save.

Create Activity Feed Submission

When a Submission is added to the Activity Feed, students can submit work in the Activity Feed widget just as they would to a Submission folder. Folders can be created from the widget, or existing Submission folders can be linked.

  1. In the Activity Feed widget, select Create a Post.
  2. Select Submission Folder [A].
    submission folder in activity feed post
  3. Enter a name for the Submission.
  4. Note: If the Submission folder already exists, select Select Existing. Then choose the Submission.

  5. Input any other optional settings:
    • Enter instructions for the assignment to be submitted.
    • Enter a Due date that will show in the Course Calendar.
    • Select the box to “Add to Grades” to connect the Submission folder to the gradebook.
    • Alter the type of file to be submitted using the “File Type” dropdown list.
    • Deselect the box to "Allow Comments" if students should not be able to comment on the folder.
  6. Once finished modifying optional settings, select Post.

Edit, Pin, or Delete a Post

  1. Go to the post that needs to be edited, pinned, or deleted. 
  2. Select the three dots in the corner of the post [A].
    three dots in news item
  3. Select one of the three actions from the dropdown menu. 
  4. If editing the post, select Save Changes when complete.