RCTC Educational Technology



RCTC uses Desire2Learn, or D2L, to communicate information between students, staff and faculty.

Online classes, club pages and more are managed using D2L, allowing users to access discussions, due dates, grades and course information.

Navigating the Training

The training on this page is separated by Teachers, Students and General.

Videos in the "General" category provide training that is applicable to both students and teachers.


MnSCU provides a searchable D2L help guide online.

Learn all the ins and outs of D2L with this in depth tutorial:

Desire2Learn Help 10.1
Add/Remove Tools

Decide which tools you want active or inactive in the menus.

Create a Widget

Use widgets to highlight information or separate it from others.

Modify Homepage

Change the default homepage for your course.

Add Video

Embed video from the web or your computer into D2L content.

Archive a Course

Save course materials by archiving (MNSCU removes courses after 2 years).

Personalize News

Easily add your students' first names to news items on the homepage.

Extra Credit

Create and extra credit grade item in the Gradebook.

News Item

Add a news item in your D2L course.

Dropped Student Progress

View the progress of a student who has dropped your course.

Quiz Conditions

Add release conditions to a quiz.

Final Grades

Release the final grades in D2L.

Class Dates

Change the start and end dates of a class.

Dropbox Submission

Submit an assignment to the D2L dropbox.

Take a Quiz

Learn how to complete a D2L quiz.

Quiz Feedback

View feedback from your instructor after a quiz is graded.

View Quiz Submission

After submitting a quiz, students can access additional info.

Bookmark D2L in Firefox

Create a bookmark for D2L in your Firefox browser.

Change Profile Picture

Learn how to change the picture in your D2L profile.


Locate the discussions boards, and respond to instructor/student comments.

Export Discussion as PDF

Select discussions to save as PDF file on your computer.