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Student View in D2L

Desire2Learn allows you to preview your course as a student would see it, with a few exceptions. Since you will be impersonating students in general, not a specific student, you won't be able to view individual grades, quiz attempts, or any content that has group restrictions.

If you have the Role Switch widget added to your course's home page, you can simply change your role to student (if not and you'd like to add it, view the Managing Widgets guide); however, you also have the ability to view your course as student from any page in your course site

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Activating Student View

  1. From any page in your course, click your name in the top-right side of the minibar.
  2. Click View as Student. You will be returned to the course's home page and your minibar will say “as student” to confirm that you are in student view. The home page and most of the course elements will now appear as they will to students in the course.

NOTE: You will not be able to view quizzes while in student view. Instead you will need to click the dropdown arrow to the right of the quiz's name, then click Preview. See the Previewing Quizzes guide for more information.

Cancelling Student View

When you are done viewing courses as a student, you will need to change your role back to instructor before you can make any changes to your course.

  1. From any page in your course, click your name in the top minibar.
  2. Click the X next to "Viewing as Student." You will return to the course's page, and your full instructor controls will return.
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