Using Desire2Learn (D2L)

Click here for a brief view of some of the new enhancements and here for a more in-depth view created by Desire2Learn.

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the South Dakota Board of Regents' official course management software tool.  Training for faculty is available by contacting Brad O'Brien by email or by calling 394-1234.

    Log on to D2L at
    D2L Username for students: WebAdvisor Username (customarily your first initial, middle initial and full last name)
    D2L Username for Faculty/Staff: WebAdvisor Username (first initial, middle initial, last name)
    D2L Password: Students must use your email address OR your Home University email to get your password.
        Faculty should use their @sdsmt email, unless their home university is not South Dakota Mines. In that case, faculty should use the email address associated with their home university.


Whether you are student or Faculty, the very FIRST time you use D2L, use the "I'm new to D2L" link on the log in page.  This link provides you with instructions on how to obtain your initial password, but it's a bit confusing so review these instructions first.   Once your account is activated an email will be sent to your email account (for students and for Faculty) with further instructions.


If you have forgotten your D2L password use the "What is my password" link on the log on page  This link will provide you with instructions on how to reset your D2L password.


    Not all courses at South Dakota Mines use D2L, so you may not see all your courses on your D2L portal page
    Course in D2L are not visible to students until the official start date of the course as listed in WebAdvisor
    D2L Must-Know
    D2L Homepage SDBOR Standards

D2L Quick Start Guide shows you the easy way to use the software.

Dr. Judy Sneller has created training modules for self-directed faculty learning:

     Module 1 - Let the Fun Begin
     Module 2 - Editing Course + Communication Tools
     Module 3 - More Communication Tools and Adding Course Content
     Module 4 - Evaluation Tools
     Module 5- Using Groups + Moving Course Components
     Teaching with D2L Reference Guide

Faculty may learn more about Desire2Learn by joining the D2L Community. Community members receive newsletters, have access to discussion boards and lots of information about using and teaching with D2L.

D2L documentation for Students:

    Class List
    Getting Started
    Home Page
    Taking Quizzes

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Visit the ITS Support Portal.

The ITS Help Desk is located in the Devereaux Library.

Contact Us

(605) 394-1234

After Hours Emergencies

(mission-critical problems /outages)
(605) 939-0455