Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of online courses and student support services. Links throughout this page will lead you to a variety of resources for the online learner.
Online courses do require students with higher self-discipline, time management skills, and abilities to meet deadlines. Can you be successful in an online course? This self-assessment may help you decide:
Not certain what online courses or online programs you would like? Use Minnesota Online to search for hundreds of online courses or programs available through the MN State College & University System.
Desire 2 Learn (D2L Brightspace):- SMSU uses D2L Brightspace as the course management software for a variety of courses. Faculty members can place the course syllabus, content, quizzes, grades and discussions on D2L Brightspace to supplement on-campus courses or provide fully online classroom experiences. Students can participate in class through discussion groups, learning teams, submission of papers or examinations, and individual or group projects. Through D2L Brightspace students can check their progress, receive feedback and discover final grades at their course web site.
For any technical problems specifically related to D2L Brightspace (trouble logging in, changing passwords, using D2L Brightspace tools, etc), online learners can access this 24-hour D2L Brightspace Support Services Site:
Minimum Technical Requirements: To support the functions of D2L Brightspace and other online learning needs, these would be the minimum technical requirements recommended for your home computer system:
Technology Resource Center (Help Desk)
Another good source of support for online learners would be:
This is another 24-hour support service website that can provide a myriad of answers to frequently asked questions and other information regarding all aspects of online learning in Minnesota state colleges and universities.