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This site has been created for MSU faculty that want to utilize technology in the classroom and online.

Faculty Resource Quick Tool Crosswalk

  • All Midwestern State University instructors have access to virtual tools designed to substitute or enhance typical classroom tasks and activities.
  • Each face-to-face class has a corresponding D2L/Brightspace Course that is open and available to students and instructors.
  • All tools listed in the Quick Tool Crosswalk are hyperlinked to how-to guides and are available free of use to all MSU instructors and students.

Helpful Documents to Assist with ADA Compliance

  • ADA Compliant Syllabus Template - Last updated 8/25/2023
    • Changes: Updated logo, minor update to instructions, removed headers attached to blank lines.
  • How To: Word Doc ADA Compliance - Version 3 - Last Updated 5/28/2024
    • Changes: Minor word changing under Color Contrast section, added accessibility checker section, added save your file section, added additional assistance section, added updated MSU logo.
  • How To: PowerPoint ADA Compliance - Version 2 - created 5/28/2024
    • Changes: Minor word changing under Color Contrast section and tables section, added accessibility checker section, added save your file section, added additional assistance section, added updated MSU logo.

D2L Start Here

Where to get help

Distance Education contact information

Chat GPT and Other AI Tools

Please visit this handout for information regarding Chat GPT and other AI tools.

Access your course(s)

  1. Log in here using the Chrome browser or
  2. Log in through the portal using Chrome as your browser
  3. When you log in to D2L, the landing page will have all of your course shells.
  4. Click on your current semester course located on your landing page
  5. This will take you into the course. If its not already, be sure to pin your course for quicker access!

Create course content with the Content tool

  1. Use the Content tool to post and organize course content so that information about course expectations, course syllabus, lecture notes, and important dates display to users clearly.
  2. Course materials you post in Content can include documents, images, media files, screen capture presentations, URL links, and existing course activities.
  3. You can add release conditions, grade items, and learning objectives to topics to ensure users navigate through course materials while fulfilling specific course requirements and learning expectations.
  4. You can also monitor class and user progress as students work through course content by setting automatic (determined by the system) or manual (determined by the student) completion tracking.

Create a discussion forum

Use forums to organize your discussion topics into categories. Your course can have multiple forums and topics, but you must create a forum before you can create a topic since all topics belong to forums.

  1. On the navbar, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussions List page, from the New button drop-down menu, click New Forum.
  3. Enter a title for your new forum.
  4. Enter a description for your new forum.
  5. In the Options section, select any of the following check boxes:
    1. Allow anonymous posts - To enable users to post anonymously.
    2. A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum - To ensure that posts are approved by a moderator before they display in the forum.
    3. Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic - To ensure user participation.
    4. Display forum descriptions in topics - To provide instructors the option to display a discussion forum description within a discussion topic description.
  6. In the Restrictions tab, in the Availability section, select the Hide from Users checkbox to set the stats of the forum.
  7. Select Locking Options for your forum. Locking a forum prevents users from posting to any of its associated topics until it is unlocked; they can still read post made to a topic prior to it being locked.
  8. Click Save and Close.
  9. Watch how to create a discussion forum

D2L training

  1. Additional D2L Help topics this is a good resource to review:
  2. Contact Distance Education for training at
  3. D2L/Brightspace video tutorials

Screen capture products

  1. Zoom has the screen capture capability. For more information, check the following help article from Zoom.
  2. Screencast-o-matic is another screen capture product and it has a free version.
  3. Snagit is a screen capture product that is offered for a small fee. please contact MSU help desk at or 940-397-4278

Zoom virtual meetings

MSU full-time faculty and staff have access to Zoom licensing for online meetings.  You can access the MSU Zoom portal on our website. The Zoom licensing for MSU allows for meetings up to 24 hours in length with up to 300 participants. To quick-start your use of Zoom, visit the Zoom Learning Center for training.

You can also schedule class meetings via your course homepage within D2L. Make sure you log into your zoom account via the steps above first. After that, go back into d2l and you will access zoom meetings by going into the course, click communication in the menu bar, and selecting Zoom. If there is a meeting available, you will see it in the list with the option to join or to create one of your own.

For assistance, please reach out to us via

"How To" Guides

For a list of "How To" guides, please visit our Teaching Aids page.

More resources at Information Technology's Online Transition Resources

If you have further questions, please submit an Online Problem Report, and we will contact you as soon as possible.