Introducing Daylight

Introducing Daylight – a New Look for eLearn

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, eLearn is getting a face lift! The new look, branded “Daylight” by D2L, is designed to be more mobile friendly and accessible to assistive technology users.

While the look and feel will be noticeably different, most of the functionality will remain exactly the same for both students and faculty. Here is a sneak peek at the new design.

What’s Different

There are a few changes that will take a little while to get used to. Here are the highlights:

  • Screen shot of the Daylight course selector iconThe “rubric’s cube” icon will replace the Select a Course drop-down menu in our current version. 
  • The News area has been renamed Announcements. Within a course, it will now be the first thing you see.
  • On the home page, each course will be represented visually with a large image tile. (For example, notice the trees for Art Appreciation in the image above.) Faculty will have the option to replace the default image that pops up.
  • The course homepage is reorganized and simplified.
  • Most of the secondary tools are organized alphabetically under the “Course Tools” link group.
  • On the course homepage, faculty gain a new widget called “Course Overview” which provides an easy way to measure student engagement and activity. Students will not be able to see this tool.

That’s really about it. Where you click and how you find things will remain largely unchanged.

More Examples

Example #1

Here’s an example of a faculty perspective of a course homepage:

Screenshot of the initial Daylight course homepage faculty view

When you scroll down past the Announcements, here’s the rest of the faculty course homepage:

Screenshot of the bottom of a Daylight course homepage faculty view

Example #2

Here is a look at the student homepage when they first login:

Screen shot example showing the new eLearn Home Page

Example #3

Finally, here’s a shot of the Content page from a student perspective.

Screen shot of the Daylight student content page


May 13 – Do Not Login!

The changes will be implemented on Sunday, May 13th from noon to 4 p.m. Please do NOT login during that time to avoid any problems or confusion. We’ll send out an email announcement as soon as the updates are done and it is safe to login again.

How do I get there?

By Special Guest Blogger, Leah Frauendienst, Instructor of Mathematics


Typically when you enter an amusement park, to maximize the experience, the first thing you are handed is a map.  Although a map is not necessary, you might miss out on the best or most important parts of the park without it.  From the perspective of a student, navigating a course is not much different.  To help guide students through an eLearn course and not miss the most critical parts, you can provide them with a sitemap.  A sitemap is a visual display or outline that describes the organization of your site content and helps to show how the content is interrelated.

In a recent training, I was asked to create a sitemap for one of my courses.  This exercise helped me to be more mindful of the organization of the course files.  Specifically, it helped me to analyze the consistency of my course and ensure the layout was logical.

mind map outlining site

The mindmap version of my sitemap was created using an app called MindNode.  However, you could also draw it by hand or use a free online mind map app such as Mindmup.  As an alternative, you could create an outline of your site in Microsoft Word similar to the example below. 

Course Homepage

  1. Welcome
  2. Content
  3. Course Information
    1. Syllabus
    2. Topics Covered
    3. Overview of Assignments
    4. Information About Textbook and Provided Notes
    5. Course Expectations
    6. Grade Calculation
    7. How to Contact your Professor
  4. MyLabsPlus Information
    1. Getting Started in MyLabsPlus
    2. MyLabsPlus Troubleshooting
    3. MyLabsPlus Statements
  • Notes
    1. Module 1 Notes
    2. Module 2 Notes
    3. Module 3 Notes
    4. Module 4 Notes