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What is the Desire2Learn?

Desire2Learn (D2L) is an online learning management system (LMS) used at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Whether courses are taken online or face to face, D2L is the driving mechanism for delivering content and supplemental materials. D2L also includes tools for discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes and grades.

D2L is getting a Facelift on June 6th, 2017!

Example of the D2L Daylight Interface

Good news! Our Learning Management System is getting a facelift! Starting on June 6, 2017you’ll notice a new look and feel for Brightspace.  A cleaner interface, new fonts, and updated icons mean that your courses will look more polished and modern than ever!

The new user interface, called the Daylight Experience, was built with a responsive design. This means that it adapts to different screen sizes and looks great on laptops, tablets and smartphones. You and your students will find it much easier to stay connected and access the system from anywhere. 

Although your navigation and functionality aren’t changing, you’ll notice some positive changes when you first dive in. These are designed to make the experience more consistent and visually appealing for your students, as well as easier for you to create and update your courses. We’ll give you guidance to make any updates that are necessary, and then you can sit back and enjoy how beautiful your course looks!   


Some of the changes that are being implemented to improve the design include:  

  • Simplified navigation design that is responsive for smaller devices 
  • Wider page layout for your content so that it’s the focal point of the page 
  • New fonts, icons, colors and simpler formatting of widgets provide a consistent experience 
  • Responsive homepage layout that works best with two columns  
  • New My Courses widget featuring rich photography in a responsive tile-based layout 
  • New image library with over 3,000 images that you can choose from for course tiles 

We’re excited for this change and the improvements that we’ll see in the Learning Management System. If you would like more information you can visit this Daylight page in the Brightspace Community or visit the drop-in hours.


To assist you in this transition, we have compiled some additional resources listed below, including an email template that you can send to your learners if you wish. 


We will be happy to walk you through a Daylight course and go over any questions you might have.  We will have all-day drop-in sessions on the following days: 


Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th from 8am-4pm in ML 88. 



D2L Drop-In Hours for Spring 17 in ML 88: 

Mondays: 10am-12:50pm 

Tuesdays: 12pm-1:50pm 

Wednesdays: 10am-11:50am 

Thursdays: 9am-11:50am 

Fridays: By Appointment Only 




Helpful Links

How do I use Desire2Learn?

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Want to learn more? Here are some helpful D2L Brightspace resources!