How to Navigate Your Online Classes Using D2L
Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:00 - 2:00pm (webinar and drop-in hour)
Are you new to online learning?
Do you find D2L courses challenging to navigate?
Then this webinar is for you!
Dr. Caroline Toscano, an instructional designer at Century, will take you through the fundamentals of D2L and present some helpful features. Learn about the different components of D2L and how to make use of them. Get a head start in your online classes! Dr. Toscano will present for the first hour and will have a drop-in hour immediately afterward.
You can simply join the meeting at the links provided below on the day of the session.
In addition, the following drop-in hours will be offered for any questions you may have about navigating in your D2L courses.
Dr. Caroline Toscano, an instructional designer at Century, will help answer your questions!
Information Technology Services has two open Computer Centers providing computer access to all registered Century College credit students. Staff is available to provide assistance in the use of the computer equipment.
Below are links to a number of academic support services for various student needs.
Here is a checklist for you to help you succeed in online and hybrid classes. It consists of preparing yourself, preparing for the technology, what to do when the class first opens, and what to do throughout the semester.
To run a system check, go to your D2L Brightspace login page and click on "Please click here for a System Check before you login."
To complete an online degree program or take courses completely from your home computer, your computer system will need to meet some basic minimum requirements to be able to use D2L Brightspace, our online learning management system.
Check the college website and/or D2L Brightspace for specific course requirements.
You will need the following software:
You will need the following hardware:
When you enroll in a program or course with a specific school, check with that school for additional options and requirements (e.g., Microsoft Word is required by many online instructors) specific to online learning.
Here is a student success toolbox that can provide you with important insights about how to succeed when taking online and hybrid courses.
Tool 1: Am I Ready for Study?
You may ask yourself if you are ready for online learning. This tool can help you answer this question and provide personal advice based on your responses. There are only five sets of questions, so it doesn’t take long to complete.
Tool 2: Do I Have Enough Time?
Do you have enough time to complete classes online? This tool can help you calculate the time you spend on other activities and provides advice on how much study you could realistically do in your free time. This is only a guide.
Tool 3: Who Can I Ask?
Who can help you as you take online classes? This tool can help you identify people who might support you and give you advice on how to succeed in your online classes.
Here are top tips from Century College faculty to help you succeed in online learning!
You will want to confirm the start date of your class, which is listed on your registration confirmation. This can be seen on your registration account (where you registered online) under "View/Modify Schedule."
You will not be loaded into the class in D2L Brightspace (the web application used for online or web-enhanced classes) until 25 days before the class starts.
If you feel you need to contact the instructor before that, you may want to call or e-mail him or her. Your instructor's name will also be listed on your registration confirmation or you can consult the Faculty Directory.
Online courses offer you a great deal of flexibility, such as anytime and anyplace access to your classes. Nearly all of Century course offerings are currently available online, and many programs can even be completed entirely online. This opportunity to complete programs in an online or face-to-face format existed prior to Spring 2020 and will continue post-COVID. Exceptions are for some technical programs where hands-on learning may be required (e.g., nursing, dental assistant, automotive, etc.). Those courses are currently arranged under health and safety guidelines.
Courses may be offered in completely online, mostly online, blended/hybrid (partly online/partly in-person), or completely in-person. Please click on the course search site to see current course offerings by delivery format. In addition, the college offers non-credit courses, professional certificates, and customized training online. Please see online career training for a list of available non-credit learning opportunities.
Below are the types of online learning opportunities at Century College along with a link to explore how a particular program may be offered. Please note that most programs are offered in multiple formats.
Course: Intercultural Communication
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Olson
Course: Physical Geography
Instructor: Kenny Tapp
Century College is committed to following the research-based standards established by Quality Matters for online and hybrid learning environments. The college currently employs eight faculty and staff who are certified as Quality Matters Peer Reviewers or Master Reviewers and had its first course achieving QM certification in 2016.
Century College has been offering courses online since 2003. The number of online or hybrid courses has grown significantly in recent years along with faculty in teaching in online learning environments. That experience was leveraged in the spring 2020 semester as a corps of skilled faculty peer mentors worked individually and with departments to enable to remote teaching. The college recognizes that the learning environment extends beyond the classroom and had made all support services such as the library, academic advising, personal counseling, and disability services, available remotely.
Faculty are supported by college and system support teams. The college is supported by a team is made up of a dean, instructional designers, faculty peer mentors, and IT staff dedicated to supporting online learning excellence. Faculty serving as peer mentors are often recognized experts in online learning outside Century College. Faculty ensuring quality with the availability of able to utilize course templates, individual consultations with instructional designers and peer mentors, workshops, and online teaching “bootcamps” for new instructors. In addition, the Minnesota State System provides system level support to institutions through access to quality teaching and learning technology, professional development courses for faculty, and 24/7 student support services like tutor.com.
Century College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
For technical questions, please call the Student Help Line 651-779-3295 at or go to Minnstate COVID-19 Student Technology Help. For questions related to online learning success strategies, please contact Caroline Toscano.
Monday - Thursday: 7am - 5pm
Friday: 7am - 1pm
(calls are taken by the Computer Center staff)
** Semester Break Hours **