How D2L and PlayPosit Work Together

In this article we will cover the important aspects of the D2L and PlayPosit relationship to help you better understand how the two tools work together. 

The first thing to understand is how PlayPosit works. PlayPosit is a video streaming overlay. This means the videos used in PlayPosit actually live in either YouTube, Vimeo, or Panopto, not PlayPosit. These three sites all host the videos and then PlayPosit pulls in the video stream and allows you to build engagements with their overlay player. The streamed videos with the overlay built over them are called bulbs

Now that we’ve talked about how PlayPosit works, let's discuss how it works with D2L. The bulbs you create live in the PlayPosit Dashboard, but they can be accessed within your D2L course by linking them to your D2L course. You can learn how to link bulbs to your course in our Knowledge Base article. When linking a bulb to a course several things happen: 

  • In the D2L course:

    • A link to view the bulb is created in the Content section of your course.

    • When selecting the Content link you are directed to a newly created page with the bulb you linked embedded on it.

    • A grade item is created worth 100 points and is associated with the newly linked bulb.

  • In the PlayPosit Dashboard:

    • A new class folder is created that is named after the D2L course.

      • The linked bulb is added to the new course folder.

      • Any students that access a bulb are automatically added to the course folder on the PlayPosit dashboard.

        • This means at first there are no students in the PlayPosit Dashboard course folder, but they will be added once they access the bulb through the link in the D2L course.

A bulb can be added to any number of D2L courses. Each time a bulb is linked to a new course, a new set of student data is automatically collected and organized in a course folder on the PlayPosit Dashboard. This makes it so students in different courses will never be organized in the same course folder even if they are accessing the same bulb.

When you copy forward a D2L course that contains links to PlayPosit bulbs you will still need to establish a link between the new course, the bulb, and the PlayPosit Dashboard. Fortunately, you simply need to click on the copied-forward Content bulb link in the new course and PlayPosit will automatically create a new course folder and associate the bulb with the new course. If you have more than one bulb in your course then you will need to click each bulb’s Content link to associate it with the new course folder on the PlayPosit Dashboard.

In addition, It is very important to note that any changes to a bulb will be reflected in all courses where the bulb is linked. For example, let’s say you use a bulb for a 101 course and then decide it will also benefit your 201 students. You add the bulb used in your 101 course to the 201 course. Then later on, you decide to make the questions a bit tougher for your 201 students. However, any changes you make to the bulb will also change for the 101 students. To make a bulb for the 201 students you must make a copy of the 101 bulb, modify the copy for the 201 students, delete the link  to the 101 bulb in the 201 course, and add the link for the new 201 bulb to your D2L course. 

To summarize what we’ve talked about so far, the main principle for understanding how D2L and PlayPosit work together is all the bulbs you create live on the PlayPosit Dashboard and are reflected in the D2L course. D2L itself does not control any of the content you create on the PlayPosit Dashboard. It only links or displays what lives on the PlayPosit Dashboard. However, you can control student access to the links using D2L’s Start/End Dates and Release Conditions.

Understanding Grades

Since we now understand the basics of how D2L and PlayPosit work together, let’s talk about the grading side of the linked bulbs in your D2L course. Like the bulbs themselves, bulb grades live on the PlayPosit Dashboard and are reflected in the D2L Grade Book. Grades are determined based on the percentage of the points earned.

For example, if I have a bulb with three multiple choice questions each worth one point, and a student earns two out of three points they will receive a 67% in D2L. The point value or portion of the grade in D2L does not matter. Students will automatically receive the equivalent percentage of points they earn. So using the example above if the bulb’s D2L grade item is worth 10 points, then the student above will receive 6.7 points out of 10. If the bulb’s D2L grade item is worth 6 points in D2L then the student will receive 4 points. 

Furthermore, there are two different ways grades are synced between D2L and PlayPosit: automatically and manually. If interactions within a bulb are all auto-graded (multiple choice, check all, fill-in-the-blank) then when a student completes a bulb the percentage of the points earned is automatically sent to the D2L Grade Book, and the student receives the percentage of the points earned. Bulbs with manually-graded interactions (free response and some discussions) are more complicated.

Bulbs with manually-graded interactions will have the grade sent to D2L in two stages. First, any points earned from auto-graded interaction will be automatically sent to the D2L Grade Book. The final grade will not be reflected in D2L until the manually-graded portion of the bulb is graded and the Sync Grades button is pressed in the PlayPosit Dashboard. This can be troubling for students who will only see a portion of their grade in D2L at first. 

For instance, a bulb has one multiple choice question worth one point and a free response question worth three points. If a student scores one point for the multiple choice question, and the free response question has yet to be manually graded, then the D2L Grade Book will show the student scored a 25% until the manually-graded free response question is graded and the Sync Grades button is pressed. If the student scored three of three points for the free response question and one point for the multiple choice question, then once the Sync Grades button is pressed the student will see a 100% reflected in the D2L Grade Book.

Be sure to let students know ahead of time that their final score will not be accurate in the D2L Grade Book until a specific date on which you will have all of the manual grading completed and synced. Doing so will significantly reduce students panicking and emailing you about a low score on bulbs.

One last note about the relationship between D2L and PlayPosit and how grading works between the two: always make any manual adjustments to grades in the PlayPosit Dashboard and then hit the Sync Grades button. If you make manual adjustments in the D2L Grade Book they will be automatically overwritten by the grades on the PlayPosit Dashboard.

We hope this helped you better understand how PlayPosit and D2L work together. Please feel free to email us at with any further questions you have about PlayPosit or how PlayPosit and D2L work together.

Last Updated:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020