DEN@Viterbi Course Management System


This page provides additional information specific to DEN’s Desire2Learn course management system. Each section explores the various learning tools offered by D2L. Read each section by clicking on a tab below.

DEN Desire2Learn log-in page: http://courses.uscden.net

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or need assistance.

DEN@Viterbi offers several ways for students to watch their lectures. Classes can be viewed in real time or asynchronously.

DEN@Viterbi students can watch high resolution courses in real time. With proper hardware and software specifications met, remote students will not miss a beat during live instruction.

Please visit our technical requirements page to verify compatibility.

All lectures videos are posted to the weekly modules within the content area. Each video is checked for quality video and audio before release to the course page. Archived lectures are available the entire semester until the final exam has completed.

Please visit our technical requirements page to verify compatibility.

Our live and archived lectures can be streamed on most mobile devices, including smart phones and tablets.
Many instructors engage their DEN@Viterbi students during the live class. These courses will deliver lectures via WebEx virtual meetings.

  • Instructors can share their presentations directly with meeting participants.
  • Distance students can communicate via headset or chat.
  • Participants can remotely share their final presentations with the class during.

When it’s your time to present, the WebEx moderator inside the classroom will pass presenter privilege to you.  You can share any file on your own computer, including Power Point presentations.  WebEx sessions provide a toll free number to call for audio communication.  This number is listed within the WebEx Information content section.  If you’d like to ensure your computer is compatible with WebEx, please set up a training session with us at least 24 business hours before your presentation.

DEN@Viterbi emphasizes student engagement throughout the graduate engineering journey. The online space should not limit students to passive information transfer. Our cyber classrooms foster an environment for active learning.

Many instructors engage their DEN@Viterbi students during the live class. These courses will deliver lectures via WebEx virtual meetings.

  • Instructors can share their presentations directly with meeting participants.
  • Distance students can communicate via headset or chat.

Participants can remotely share their final presentations with the class during.

Use Bluejeans to Meet with your USC Teammates!

BlueJeans is a conferencing tool that allows users to create web meetings and invite participants to connect through various methods, including Google Video Chat, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPad, Android), and your standard web browser. Participants can also connect through a dedicated phone number. In addition to webcam and audio conferencing, Bluejeans allows for desktop and video share, chat, and session recording (up to 5 hours).

Log on with your USC NetID and password to get started:
http://uscviterbi.bluejeans.com

Note: These credentials will be different from your D2L credentials.
Use Bluejeans for group meetings, virtual office hours and practicing your project presentations

Additional Resources and Guides:

Online forums enable students to communicate in an asynchronous, threaded environment. DEN@Viterbi creates a student forum within each course page’s discussion area, allowing both on and off campus students to introduce themselves.

Instructors and teaching assistants may create weekly or content-specific forums, giving students the ability to post questions and discuss assignments, lecture material and important dates.

Piazza is an online platform that facilitates interaction among students and instructors in an efficient and intuitive manner. Students as well as instructors can answer questions, fueling a healthy and collaborative discussion.

Many instructors and students are finding that Piazza is a great alternative to the traditional discussion board found on DEN@Viterbi’s D2L system.

Features of Piazza:

  • Rich, class-edited Q&A in wiki-style format
  • Real-time polling
  • Free iPhone & Android mobile apps

http://piazza.com

As you navigate within your course page, you’ll have access to important information throughout the semester.

Students access the grades link under the Navigation Bar’s “My Tools” area. This section will display grades for each assignment and possibly exams. Instructors may include additional metrics, such as class averages and median scores.
The news widget is located on both the D2L and course homepages. Instructors will post important updates specific to your class, including assignment alerts and important dates to consider.

DEN@Viterbi will also post general D2L announcements, such as system upgrades and possible downtime.

The instructor may post the course syllabus to the “Overview” module, atop the Table of Contents. If the syllabus is not there, look inside either the Week 1 or an independent module.

Technical Support Center

Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE), Room 142
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00AM-10PM | Friday 7:00AM-8:00PM
Contact Information
dentsc@usc.edu
(213)740-9356