eLearning at Pacifica (D2L)

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What is D2L?

D2L, short for Desire2Learn, is Pacifica's Online Learning Management System. The login website is available at: https://elearning.my.pacifica.edu. All hybrid, web-enhanced, and online supplemented courses are taught using this eLearning system. D2L is also the learning environment used for Pacifica's Online Public Programs. The online courses in D2L are designed to create a rich online learning environment that allow students "anytime, anywhere" access to course materials, including readings, discussion boards, presentations, and dropboxes to submit assignments online. To help prepare your computer and ensure the best experience using Desire2Learn, please click here to view the System Requirements.

What Should You Expect?

Learning online at Pacifica allows you to become part of a community of learners logging into a course website with instructors and classmates anytime, anywhere. The information you can access on D2L will vary depending on your degree program, your courses, and your instructors. If you are taking a hybrid, web-enhanced, or online supplemented course, you will be accessing some, if not all, course materials through D2L, Pacifica's Online Learning Management System. Each course's syllabus will state whether or not the class contains an online eLearning (D2L) component.
Course materials that are commonly found in D2L include: syllabi, readings, multi-media files, electronic dropboxes, group discussions, quizzes, grades, and much more.
Documents and videos can be viewed online through the D2L system. They can also be printed or downloaded for your convenience (excluding certain protected materials).
Discussion forums create an interactive learning environment where you, your instructors, and your classmates can discuss course materials and questions.
Dropboxes and quizzes allow for electronic submission of course assignments. Essentially, D2L creates a learning environment that facilitates communication and collaboration between students and instructors. By combining in-person and online instruction to deliver material, Pacifica instructors can use techniques best suited for teaching engaging content. To see an example of the eLearning D2L interface, please click on the "Student User Guides and Tutorials" link above and click on the guides and videos.

Which Programs Use D2L?

Hybrid Programs
M.A. in Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life
M.A./Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian & Archetypal Studies

Two of Pacifica's degree programs are offered in a hybrid format that combines on-campus residential learning with an online experience. Classes begin online and continue during four-day residential sessions that take place from a Thursday morning to a Sunday afternoon once each quarter. These intensive sessions include classroom presentations, guest speakers, experiential activities, and ample opportunities for social interaction. While working from home, students are expected to participate in weekly online instructional activities which include; reading, research, posting and responding to interactive discussions with classmates and faculty, listening to audio files, watching videos, and completing regular written assignments. The work is ongoing and academically challenging, yet flexible enough to allow students to engage in the program in a way that suits their personal schedule. Click here for more information.

Web-Enhanced Programs

M.A./Ph.D Program in Mythological Studies
Ph.D Program in Clinical Psychology
M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology
Ph.D Program in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Psychotherapy
Ph.D Program in Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies

Five of Pacifica's degree programs offer a web-enhanced format for specific courses that provides students with access to instructional materials and online activities during the weeks in the quarter students are not on campus. Classes begin with a residential session and students will receive information and/or training during orientation about the online learning system. Students are expected to participate in weekly online discussion board assignments and some courses may include submitting written assignments online. Course syllabi will include specific online course requirements and expectations. There will be no online learning activities to complete during residential sessions; however some instructors may provide instructional materials such as presentations or handouts to access within the D2L course.

Online Supplemented Programs

Ph.D Program in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Department provides 1st through 3rd year students access to a D2L course for each of their on-campus courses. These courses simply offer students access to instructional materials, discussion forums for social interaction and may require students to submit assignments online. The online supplemented courses provide students with easy access to online readings, presentations and instructor feedback on submitted assignments. All course syllabi will include specific instructions.