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This site has been created for MSU faculty that need to move your class materials online with minimum notice.

Faculty Resources for Shifting Classroom to Online Delivery

Your course will be temporarily housed online in D2L. You can upload course files for students to work on while they are away from campus. You can issue grades and even hold discussions, if needed. Communicating live with your students (office hours, lecture, group chats) will occur via Skype for Business. Virtual Classroom is where you can meet, lecture and record lectures with this tool inside of D2L. Students can watch live or at their convenience.


Students that are new to D2L, click here for D2L video tutorials.


D2L Start Here

Where to get help

Distance Education contact information

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 Spring 2020 course located on your landing page
  5. This will take you into the course.

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. Snagit is a screen capture product that is offered free through June 2020. please contact MSU help desk at or 940-397-4278
  2. Screencast-o-matic is another screen capture product and it has a free version.

Real time and virtual classroom

  1. Skype for Business is a great way to meet with your students live. You just schedule a meeting. please contact MSU help desk at or 940-397-4278
  2. Virtual Classroom in D2L you can meet, lecture and record lectures with this tool inside D2L. Students can watch live or at their convenience. Contact Distance Education for more information.