Online Student D2L Training Course

The student D2L training course, Students - Getting Started with D2L, contains video tutorials covering the most commonly used aspects of the D2L Learning Environment as well as success tips and practice activities to complete. Each module is broken into topics designed to help students become proficient with the basics of taking an online course in D2L. A certificate of completion is earned after meeting the minimum criteria. This free training is a valuable learning resource for students, as well as instructors and staff.

For convenience, you can now self-enroll or unenroll from the course by using the following link. 

Students - Getting Started with D2L Self-enrollment Page

Instructor - D2L Self-directed Training Resources

The Instructor - D2L Self-directed Training course contains video tutorials covering the most commonly used aspects of the Learning Environment. Each module is broken into a series of short video tutorials and other helpful resources by topic.

You can now self-enroll or unenroll from the course by using the following link. Otherwise, follow the Self Registration instructions.

Instructor - D2L Self-directed Training Self-enrollment Page

Other self-registration courses on D2L:

There may be other courses of interest to students and instructors on the Self Registration page.

Self Registration Instructions

Click the Self Registration link in the navbar on the My Home page to access self-registering course offerings.

Quick steps:

  1. Faculty, students, and staff log into D2L (some logins do not have access to self-registration)
  2. On the My Home page, click the Self Registration link
  3. Select the desired course under the Course Offering Name
  4. Click Register
  5. Verify your information and click Submit
  6. Click Finish to complete the process.
  7. Access the course from your list in My Courses, or from the Course Selector icon.

In-Person Training

In-person training courses are periodically available and taught by MSU training staff. 

D2L for Instruction

This four-hour workshop provides hands-on training in how to use Michigan State University’s centrally supported learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). Guidance will be given in how to create a course, use the most popular tools, such as the gradebook and discussion boards, and upload content. This was designed for a wide audience, so not everything will apply to everyone, but there should be many things within the workshop that any instructor will find useful, regardless of how they plan to use the system. There will also be time set aside at the end of the workshop for individual consultations.

See the Library Events page for available dates,

Last session: 1/27/2020
Next session: TBD

For more information on In-Person Topical Training, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at Phone: 517-432-6200, Option 2 - Email: - Chat @ 

D2L Brightspace Community

The D2L Brightspace Community is a free resource designed to promote collaboration among all D2L clients who wish to share online strategies, best practices, and showcase some of the best ways organizations are utilizing the Learning Environment. The site also provides just-in-time training tips, quick refreshers on how to effectively use tools, additional resources and learning aids. 

Request an account with your email by clicking on "Become a Member" or the "Login" link at the top of the Brightspace Community homepage.

Subscription Training - Available until August, 2020

MSU currently has access to D2L Subscription Training. This online training provides on-demand recorded & live sessions for instructors from the Learning Center in the Brightspace Community.

To Access Subscription Training:

  1. Go to the Brightspace Community 
    1. New Users: Click on Become a Member, register with your email and create your own password.
    2. Existing Users: Click on Login, enter your msu email and community password.
  2. Access the Learning Center after logging in.
  3. Click on Access Now under Subscription Training.

Are you new to D2L?

If you are new to D2L, select the Playlist: Beginner Learning Environment for HE

For support, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at Phone: 517-432-6200 - Email: or Chat @