Your August Course Design Tip

Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Learn how to make your file names clean, concise, and clear in D2L. 


Having a clear and consistent naming structure for your course is an easy way to implement a positive and impactful change for both students and fellow faculty that may also be teaching from the same materials or D2L site.

Some additional benefits include:

  • Helps strengthen several specific review standards under general standard 8 in the QM rubric.

  • Improves course accessibility and inclusion.

  • Reduces cognitive load and overall confusion from students.

    • Helps reduce those 3 AM “I can’t find this!!” emails.

    • Students can focus on the material, instead of getting frustrated trying to locate a specific reading, or assignment sheet.

  • Supports newer faculty, TA’s, and co-instructors locate information, understand the course design, and support students.


Before uploading or creating files to D2L, review the file names and rename files so they have clear and self-explanatory names.


  • Lecture 1 PowerPoint Slides.pptx

  • Linear Regression Worksheet.docx

  • ODL 101 Spring 2021 Syllabus.pdf

  • Week 1 Overview

In D2L

Even if you have a course or you are creating a course for the first time, it is very easy to update the file names in D2L.

  • Edit Properties In-Place: This allows you to edit the name of files, webpages, and other content individually.

  • Bulk Edit: This awesome feature allows you to update file names(among other things too!) for everything in the module. This is an awesome time-saving feature that allows you to update batches of files at once.

Authored By:

Jessica Ament

Jessica Armant
Instructional Designer II