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Make your class activities Pulse friendly

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D2L has a student focused mobile app called Pulse that allows students to see what activities and due dates are approaching. Recently, the app was updated to allow students to view rudimentary content and reply to discussion posts. The app is intended to help students stay on top of their work, but it’s only as good as the information in the calendar tool in D2L Brightspace.

Here’s a student introduction to the Pulse app and how to use it at PCC. A glossier intro video from D2L is available, and it’s much shorter.

Here are a few things you can do to improve the usefulness of the tool.

Check “Display in Calendar”

Most activities, like Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions, allow you to set the start and end dates for each activity. You can automatically add those dates to the calendar simply by clicking on the Display in Calendar option. This is usually found under the Restrictions tab where you set the date information.

The Display in Calendar check box

Use HTML for content

You’ve probably heard this chorus for us for decades by now, but it’s true. Using HTML – especially using one of our DL templates – meansĀ  your content will likely display well on a mobile device. HTML and our style sheets allow the content to size appropriately for the device. If you’re interested in learning more, talk to one of our Instructional Technology Specialists.

Frequent updates

We have waited to promote Pulse until we though the features were compelling enough for our students. Each Continuous Delivery update brings new features, so the app is evolving rapidly. It will remain a student-centric app and is never intended to replace the web interface that we use on a daily basis. Fortunately, the whole interface is getting an update after Spring term. We’ll have some opportunities for you to see the new interface in March.


About Andy Freed

I'm the Director of Learning Technology & Innovation (LTI!), where I oversee our infrastructure, technical support, and online student services teams. I've been with the College since 2001 and have worked in several positions, from tech... more »