About D2L (Desire2Learn): Getting Started
D2L, or Desire2Learn, is an online course management system
used by many UW-La Crosse faculty to enhance face-to-face
instruction or teach courses totally online. D2L allows
“anytime, anywhere” access to course-related files, electronic dropboxes for assignments, online quizzes and tests, e-mail, and
Getting Started: Quick Links
Support Services for D2L
Academic Technology Services provides site administration and
faculty consultation in instructional design and course
management for D2L. ATS also develops and provides workshops and
other learning opportunities for D2L.
If you have questions or seek more information, please
Cari Mathwig Ramseier
169 Wing Technology Center
168 Wing Technology Center
To use D2L, you will need the following:
- Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard)
- An Internet connection
- An email account
For additional recommendations and supported configurations,
visit the University of Wisconsin Knowledgebase:
Learn@UW Recommended Software and Browsers.
- Make sure that the browser is set to accept cookies
(from both 1st party and 3rd party). See
Web Browsers -
Cookies FAQ for details (use the "managing cookies"
links on the bottom of the page).
- Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is required for the
Equation Editor. JRE v.1.4.2.x, JRE 1.5.x, JRE 1.6.x
(through update 13) are supported (JRE 1.6, update 13 is
See Windows -
Installing Sun Java (From the University of Wisconsin
- Based on the resources used in a class, instructors may
require additional software or hardware. Students should check
directly with their instructor for course-specific requirements.
- Mac Users: D2L supports Intel-based Macs.
If you are using Safari, you should disable its pop-up blocker when using D2L. To disable
the pop-up blocker, click Safari in the menu bar and uncheck Block Pop-Up Windows. Failing to disable the pop-up blocker may
prevent you from completing some tasks in D2L, such as compose discussion board messages. If you continue to have problems try
using the Firefox web browser which can be downloaded for free at www.mozilla.com/firefox.
Connecting to D2L
- Open Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer
- From the UW-La Crosse homepage, select D2L from the Quicklinks list, or go to:
- If you are UW-L student or employee using a NetID,
select the NetID login method. Else select
- In the UserID text box, type your NetID (What is my NetID?)
- In the Password text box, type your NetID password.
(NetID) username and password information can be found
- Click Login.
The My Home page appears with a
list of the Desire2Learn courses you are enrolled in.
About My Home
The My Home page is your
personal gateway to your D2L courses. All courses activated will appear in the
My La Crosse Courses widget (Note that for students,
instructors must activate the course for it to be visible). Other widgets on your My
- Welcome box: Edit your
preferences and profile information (available
to instructors and fellow students)
- Maintenance Updates: Important
Desire2Learn-related news and announcements, such as planned
downtime are listed there.
- Campus Connection: Look for
current campus information here.
- Other widgets (on right side of the My
Home page will provide information related
to current/ongoing issues.
Accessing a Course's Home
When using D2L, you will be working extensively from the Course Home page. Through this page, you can access course content, discussions, quizzes, grades, and several other tools.
On the My Home page, from the My La Crosse
Courses widget, click the appropriate link for your
class. Each course link leads to that course's homepage.
On the Course Home page,
several items may be present. The items contained within
separate windows are referred to as widgets, such as
File Viewers. The instructor
can choose which tools are available and has the option of
renaming Tools on the
Navigation bar. The
Course Tools are located on the
Navigation bar. Descriptions of each are discussed
On the Course Home page, several items may be
present. The items contained within separate windows are
referred to as widgets, such as News and Library
- News: Important course announcements, such as due dates, are
displayed in this widget. This widget also contains the Search feature.
- Calendar: Use the calendar
to view events and deadlines across your
- Updates: Shows course
updates, such as new discussion forum postings.
- Library Resources: This will have information on Murphy Library Resources.
- File Viewers: Here you can find places to download viewers for
popular file formats you will be viewing for coursework.
For more information, please select your role below:
D2L is also accessible from mobile devices with limited
capabilities. Click here to learn more about D2L Mobile Learning.