Desire2Learn is the Learning Management System used for all NSCC courses. Before you begin exploring your online courses, please take some time to become acquainted with the resources shown on this page. Online learning requires that you possess certain skills, behavior, study habits, computer equipment and discipline in order to be successful.
Perform a System Check to make sure your computer and web browser are compatible with D2L. If there is a problem, you will see instructions on how to make your computer or browser compatible.
Go to http://www.nscc.edu and click on NS Online Courses.
The Email tool allows you to read email from within the Learning Environment. We recommend that you send email from the Classlist tool. Within Email, you can also organize received mail using folders and store email addresses using the Address Book.
The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.
Use the Quizzes tool (located under the Evaluation dropdown) to take a quiz, review your quiz results, and see class statistics for a quiz.
The Dropbox tool enables you to submit assignments in the Learning Environment, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email your work to your professor. Simply upload your submission to the appropriate Dropbox folder and submit.
The Checklist contains important or required assignments, readings, or other items to complete. Each Checklist contains one or more categories, into which Checklist items are organized. For example, you might have an "Assignments Checklist" with categories for written assignments and quizzes, both of which could have multiple items that you need to complete.
When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the course. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics.
Use the Classlist tool to view who's enrolled in your course, check users' online statuses, send email messages, view shared locker files, and read blogs if they have one.
|Mac Users||Operating System||
Mac OS X
-Microsoft Office 2007 or later
|Windows Users||Operating System||Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7|
-Microsoft 2007 or later
|Cross-Platform Requirements||Internet Connection||56K modem or cable modem, DSL|
-Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher
- Chrome (newest)
-Safari 5.1 or higher
|Tablet Support for Desktop Web||
-Android Browser (newest)
-iOS Safari (newest)
-Microsoft Surface Internet Explorer 10
-Playbook Browser (newest)
-iOS 5 or higher
-Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Blackberry 7 or higher
-Minimum video resolution of 1024 x 600 or higher
* - Some courses with multimedia or other large file content may require extensive download time for users on a dial-up connection.
Are you ready as a computer user? Answer the following questions honestly to determine if online learning is a good match for your current level of computer skills. Respond YES or NO to each question.
I can perform the following computer tasks:
I can perform or am aware of the following Internet skills:
If you answered YES to most of these questions, it is a good sign that you have the computer skills needed to succeed in an online course.
If you answered NO to most of these questions, it's possible that an online course may not be your best option. You may wish to try online learning in a web-enhanced course or take an online course after developing the computer skills mentioned in the questions above.