Student Desire2Learn (D2L) Resources & Tutorials

Thank you for visiting National Louis University's, Office of Information Technology (OIT) website for its online campus, Desire2Learn. Click on the links below to view short videos and access PDF guides that explain how to use Desire2Learn (D2L). Select one of the menu's below to access its resources.

Please note: if you are having trouble selecting the menu's below, you may be using a browser that is blocking content, to unblock content, so you can select the links below, look in for a pale grey shield in the left (Firefox) or right (Chrome) side of the browser address bar at the top of your page. Use the dropdown menu on the shields and choose to allow blocked content, or allow insecure content. 

Mark your calendars!

Starting on September 2nd, NLU will be upgrading D2L to the latest 10.3 version. While we get ready for this exciting upgrade, please watch this video for detailed information about the changes you can expect:


The following video orientations are designed to not only introduce you to your new Online Campus but to help you succeed as an online student. Learn specific tips and strategies to get the most out of your online course. 

  • NLU Online Campus (D2L) Student Orientation 

    In this video you'll learn how to log in, set up your personal preferences, and navigate the NLU Online Campus.  

  • Online Learning Student Orientation 

    The NLU Student Online Orientation provides strategies for how to succeed as an online learner. In addition, you will learn about many of the academic and technical resources NLU has available for students.

Every class at NLU Online Campus is unique. Your instructor will select the tools most appropriate for your course content. In your course you may be required to use communication tools such as forums or chat, and assessment tools such as quizzes or assignments. Below you will find helpful how-to guides and videos for some of the most popular Online Campus tools.

Student Tutorials:

Getting Started with D2L Student Guide:
Learn how to access courses, email, view, print and download course materials
   NLU Guide: Student Getting Started D2L Quick Guide (PDF)
   D2L Guide: "Get Started Guide"

How to Login to D2L:
Learn how to log into the NLU Online Campus
   NLU Guide: Login Guide (PDF)
‌ ‌  D2L Guide: "Get Started Guide"
   NLU Video: 
Login Video Guide (Video)

Browser and System Requirements:
Learn which browsers and system settings work with D2L
   NLU Guide: Quick Guide Browser System D2L Requirements (PDF)

Your D2L Account Settings: 
Learn how to adjust your D2L settings and preferences
   NLU Guide:   (PDF)
   D2L Guide:  Settings Guide (Web Page)
   NLU Video:  AccountSettings (Video)

Learn how to navigate both the D2L Home and Course Home pages
   NLU Guide: My Home & Course Home Guide (PDF) 
‌   NLU Video: My Home (Video) 

Dropbox Tool:
Learn to Submit Assignments in D2L
   NLU Guide: Dropbox and Dropbox Feedback Guide (PDF)
‌ ‌  NLU Video: DropboxVideo Guide (Video)

Discussion Tool:
Learn to locate, post, reply and add attachments to the discussion board
   NLU Guide: 
   D2L Guide: Discussion Guide (Web Page)
   NLU Video: Discussion Board (Video)

Chat Tool:
Learn how to use the chat tool to set up a private or public chat
   NLU Guide: ‌ (PDF)
   D2L Guide: Chat Guide (Web Page)

Classlist Tool: 
Use the classlist to view who is enrolled in the course, send emails, and more
   NLU Guide:  (PDF)
‌ ‌  D2L Guide: Classlist Guide (Web Page)

Grades Tool: 
Learn how to use the the grades tool to view published grades for graded items
   D2L Guide: Grades Guide (Web Page)
   NLU Video: Grades (Video)

Email Tool: 
Learn how to use the email tool to send, receive and reply to emails in D2L
   D2L Guide: Email Guide (Web Page)
   NLU Guide:  (PDF)

Content Tool:
Learn how to use the Content tool to view your course content in D2L
   D2L Guide: Content Guide (Web Page)
   NLU Guide:  (PDF)

Quiz Feedback:
Learn how to view feedback and a score on a quiz in D2L:Quiz Feedback Guide for Students

If you need assistance with D2L you can call the NLU Helpdesk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll free at 1-866-813-1177 or at extension x4357 if you are on campus. You can also email your questions to the Helpdesk at If you are having any problems logging your online course, make sure to contact the NLU Technical Support Help Desk. 

In this Online Campus demonstration course, you will learn how to submit assignments, access course content, and attempt quizzes in a safe online practice environment. Dive in and gain the experience you need to be successful in any of your online or blended classes! 

To access the demonstration course go to

To enter the demonstration course:

Username: demostudent
Password: demostudent

OIT Help Desk for Student Support: Toll Free Phone: 866-813-1177 or x4357 on campus.

If you are having any problems logging your online course, make sure to contact the NLU Technical Support Help Desk. Help Desk staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a toll-free number. 



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