Known Issues

The following issues have been identified by the Desire2Learn Support Team based on our testing and information provided by the MSU Community. We appreciate your help in identifying these issues as we work with the vendor to provide resolution. Reviewing this list will inform you of existing issues with the system and their workarounds.

Terms to know:

Hotfix – Fix patches provided by the vendor, outside of the monthly patch cycle

Workaround – Alternate means of completing the task at hand, barring an immediate fix

DLS Helpline – Distance Learning Services help hotline for Desire2Learn issues, reachable at 355-2345, 1-800-500-1554, or

Title Description Date of Problem MSU Ticket Number Problem Number Toolsort descending Workaround
Invalid Characters allowed in Filenames

Filenames containing invalid characters are not sanitized when uploaded to D2L.  Invalid characters within a filename can cause some functionality to break within the system.  The following characters are invalid: \ / : * ? " < > | ~ # % & + { }

08/27/2014 - 12:45 580211 PRB0042319

Avoid uploading files who's names contain one of the invalid characters.

D2L Objectives

Competencies don't work when pulled from the organizational level. 

09/27/2013 - 14:45 473313 PRB00101811

They need to be local to the course.  If they are located locally the work correctly.

Description of Widget has a limit on characters allowed

When a entered the Title and Description for the widget you receive a message you cannot exceed 512 characters.  When you reduce the description to to up to 504 characters results in a server error.

10/10/2013 - 15:30 473482 PRB00425572

Limit your widget descriptions to less than 504 characters and it will save with no problem.  There is no ETA on when this will be fixed.

When recalculating grades in Quizzes student preview does not update

When you edit question points and click Recalculate. Final Score changes as expected but in Student View Preview you must Edit Display Settings, and Override display options for this item and then save.

10/24/2013 - 15:30 477710 PRB0043141

You need to make the change in the final score in the box and click recalculate it changes the student view preview fine.  If you change the score in one of the question boxes below and click recalculate, it changes the final score in the final score box but does not change the student view preview.  No ETA on a fix.

Notifications received with a quicklink embedded generate 404 errors.

Notifications received with a quicklink embedded, such as those from News items, generate 404 errors.

10/29/2013 - 16:00 488237 PRB0043526

There currently is no workaround.

Unable to submit files to discussions or dropbox when special characters are in the file name

These special ASCII characters are NOT allowed in file and folder names: 

" * / : < > ? \ | -

Problems will arise if file or folder names contain any of these characters.  If you attempt to upload a file containing any of these characters, you will receive an appropriate message.

05/28/2013 - 14:00 PRB0042009

You will then have to rename the file before you can successfully upload it.