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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

D2L Brightspace

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/d2l.html

What is D2L Brightspace?

Desire2Learn (D2L) Brightspace is the learning management system (LMS) we use here at Minnesota State, Mankato. Whether courses are online, blended, or face to face, D2L Brightspace is the driving mechanism for delivering content or supplemental materials for courses. Also includes a place for discussions, announcements, dropbox for assignments, quizzes, gradebook, and more.

Log in to D2L Brightspace here

 

On this page, you will find simple start-up and get help information:

As well as information about course requests, deletions, and upgrades:

You will also find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions, an Announcements Archive and Resources to learn more about Brightspace.


How do I get started with D2L Brightspace?

How do I get questions answered? At D2L Drop-in Hours!

Faculty & Teaching Assistants: Get your questions answered on the spot! Stop-in or call-in to D2L Drop-in hours:

  • Hours/Schedule
  • Location: ML88, Center for Excllence and Innovation
  • Phone: 507-389-1048
  • Email: desire2learn@mnsu.edu to auto-create a help request ticket with the IT Solutions Center.

Students: Contact the Student Technology Resource Center or IT Solutions Center for D2L Brightspace help.

How do I set up a consultation or training?

Customized workshops for programs, departments, and Teaching Assistants, as well as individual consultations are available on demand, contact us to schedule your training:

  • D2L Essentials
  • D2L for Assessment
  • D2L for Collaboration
  • D2L for Accessibility
  • ...and more!
 

How do I request a D2L Brightspace course?

  • Who can request a D2L Brightspace course?
  • Step-by-step: How to Request a D2L Brightspace Course
  • Course Request Schedule: Course request becomes available about two months prior to each semester start.
  • Request schedule for 2019:
    • For Spring 2019 courses, course request is available October 17, 2018
    • For Summer 2019 courses, course request is available March 13, 2019
    • For Fall 2019 courses, course request is available May 8, 2019
  • Request schedule for 2020:
    • For Spring 2020, course request is available (coming soon!)
    • For Summer 2020, course request is available (coming soon!)
    • For Fall 2020, course request is available (coming soon!)

When are courses deleted from D2L Brightspace?

Semester courses are removed/purged from D2L Brightspace on a two-year cycle. Here is the 2019 removal schedule:

  • Fall 2016 (20173) courses will be removed starting Feb. 1, 2019
  • Spring 2017 (20175) courses will be removed starting July 1, 2019
  • Summer 2017 (20181) courses will be removed starting Oct. 1, 2019

Here is the 2020 removal schedule:

  • Fall 2017 (20183) courses will be removed starting Feb. 1, 2020
  • Spring 2018 (20185) courses will be removed starting July 1, 2020
  • Summer 2018 (20191) courses will be removed starting Oct. 1, 2020

Recommended best practice: Export your gradebook and course materials every semester, and save on a password protected device/server. Note: Course removal does not affect non-credit university offerings such as Development, Training, Sandbox, etc... courses.

When is D2L Brightspace updated and how do I learn about it?

D2L Brightspace is a cloud-based software that is updated with new features and fixes on a monthly basis around the 15th of each month. Faculty can preview and test out new features and changes up to a week in advance of updates in the campus Quality Assurance (QA) site. Log into the QA site with your StarID credentials. Note: QA is not a live site, students do not have access to QA.

Release Notes for Instructors: Learn about the newest updates and features of D2L Brightspace.

Release Notes for Students: Learn about the newest updates and features of D2L Brightspace.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find resources and step-by-step information for answering the most commmon questions Teacher's ask about D2L Brightspace. For additional training or help, please stop in to a D2L Drop-in Hour or contact us to set up a workshop or consultation.

Learn more!

Homepage Announcements Archive

The homepage announcements on D2L Brightspace for Teachers and Students are designed to provide helpful information and udpates on course requests, deletions, updates, features, tips, and more! You can find an archive of those announcements here:

Archived Announcements for Instructors:

Archived Announcements for Students: