Available Tools & Design Resources
Please select one of the options below to find resources and information on that topic. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here you can search the Online Learning SharePoint or submit a ticket and give a description of your problem or goals.
Our MSUM Core Tools provide the primary functionality needed for quality instruction across modalities. Integrations between our Learning Management System, and the other tools help provide a seamless way to collaborate and learn. All MSUM students, faculty, and staff are provided with an account to access these tools.
Our Learning Management System, D2L Brightspace, has served our instructors and students well for many years. In May 2021, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees provided approval to extend our existing contract with D2L until August 31, 2028. Look below for commonly accessed information regarding the use of D2L Brightspace.
- Login to D2L Brightspace using your StarID.
- There is no longer a need to make requests for course shells. All shells will be automatically created when published in ISRS.
- You can now merge courses and enroll assistants without submitting a ticket.
Microsoft 365 is a collection of Microsoft applications in cloud-based services allowing users to access a catalog of software using any web browser on virtually any device as long as an internet connection is available. The apps can be run completely on the web with no installation or installed onto your personal computer.
- Login to Microsoft 365 using ‘StarID@minnstate.edu’ as your username and your StarID password. Please note: the Microsoft username uses minnstate.edu, not mnstate.edu.
Microsoft 365 offers many tools to increase efficiency and collaboration. Online Learning will collaborate with various departments to analyze existing workflows. Trainers will focus on problem-solving, skill-building and the development of training materials customized to each department. If you are interested in working with Online Learning to develop training for your department or team, please email us.
Kaltura MediaSpace is a media content management system provided for faculty, students, and staff. It provides tools for users to upload, share, record, or edit video content. It also provides a place to organize and share other media content such as images and audio.
All MSUM students, faculty, and staff are provided with a license for Zoom use. The license includes cloud recording and transcription services. Users can host up to 300 participants in their Zoom rooms.
- Login to Zoom on the web using your StarID.
- Download and install “Zoom client for meetings” on your personal computer.
- Login to the Zoom client software on your computer using your StarID.
In addition to our Core Tools, MSUM provides access to these additional tools to supplement learning and teaching both online and in person.
Respondus Lockdown Browser & Respondus Monitor are online proctoring tools available use in any D2L course. Respondus LockDown Browser prohibits students from opening new tabs or windows on their computer while taking a D2L quiz. Respondus Monitor records students while they take a D2L quiz and flags suspicious testing behavior through automated processes.
- Watch recent trainings about these Respondus tools
- Faculty and staff can self-enroll in a Respondus D2L course to take quizzes from the student viewpoint to better understand how Respondus LockDown Browser works.
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that can help improve students’ writing skills by identifying areas where they may have included unoriginal content in their writing. After submitting their writing to a Turnitin enabled D2L Assignment, Turnitin will compare their writing to article databases and other information available online. Turnitin can also run a grammar and writing mechanics check on their paper. The Similarity Report will highlight key areas in their work, showing a breakdown of matching sources.
Qualtrics is a robust survey creation tool that works well for research. Users who would like a simple survey tool for use in the classroom may prefer Microsoft Forms.
- Login to Qualtrics using your StarID
- If using Qualtrics for research for publication you will likely want to consult with the Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB best practices indicate that surveys conducted for the sole purpose of feedback on a product or feedback on services provided do not need any type of IRB approval if the results of that survey will not be published. If you have any doubts or questions as to whether your research ideas would need IRB approval, please contact the IRB Chair.
LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda, provides current and in-depth training on a variety of topics. The content can be used to supplement your course or for your own professional development.
Login to LinkedIn Learning by clicking the link in the Technology Support dropdown menu on the homepage of D2L.
Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. For more information on accessibility tools and support, visit MSUM’s Accessibility Resources website.
To install Read&Write, follow the appropriate set of instructions from this page.
The Office of Online Learning is committed to ensuring all learners can be successful in their academic courses by supporting the use of accessible information and technology. Making something accessible improves the learning experience for everyone, including those with disabilities. We advocate the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in creating course materials and activities.
- Accessibility Resources works with students and faculty to provide academic accommodations for those needing assistive services.
- The Regional Assistive Technology Center provides communication devices and key knowledge about the services available for assistive technology.
Together with the MSUM community, we can each do our part to eliminate barriers and help our learners be successful.
If you have any questions or want to know whether your course documents are accessible create a ticket and make the subject "Accessibility".
HyFlex (Hybrid-Flexible) course design provides students an ongoing choice to attend class face-to-face, synchronously online, or asynchronously online and may be an effective way to help them balance academic pursuits with other obligations in life. As with other online or hybrid modalities, HyFlex does require some deliberate considerations in how a course is designed and taught. If you are considering a HyFlex modality to meet your students’ needs, the resources below have been developed to help you prepare for this challenge.
The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) offers the OLC Quality Scorecard Suite as well as workshops and webinars to help you design and improve your courses. The Scorecard Suite provides criteria and benchmarking tools to ensure quality online learning practices in the following areas: administration of online programs, blended learning, teaching & instructional practices, and student support. You can find more information in our Course Design and Workshops, Webinars, and Courses pages.
Quality Matters (QM) offers a course evaluation rubric, an online Self-Review tool, as well as workshops and webinars to help you evaluate and improve your courses. The rubric outlines principles of effective online course design and consists of standards that address course structure and clarity, learning outcomes, and learner engagement & support. You can find more information in our Course Design and Workshops, Webinars, and Courses pages.
Digital humanities have been around for well over a decade, yet an exact definition can be difficult to provide. Loosely defined, it is a community of scholarly activity converging the disciplines of the humanities and digital technologies. Digital technologies are used by students and faculty to conduct research as well as create projects to demonstrate and share the results of the research.
MSUM currently has a Community of Practice (COP) exploring the integration of digital humanities into our curriculum. (Digital Humanities COP Teams site) This COP is comprised of multidisciplinary faculty and support staff interested in creating exciting learning opportunities for students in the humanities.