Online Orientation

NS Online courses use a web-based learning management system. 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. Note that you cannot log in to your web course until the first day of the semester. The first day of the semester for web courses is the same day as the first day of the semester for courses that meet on campus. Be sure to complete the three steps below before beginning your online course.

Step One: Technical Skills

Are you ready to take an online course? Take a Technical Skills Assessment to determine if taking an online course is right for you.


Step Two: Getting Started

Learn how to perform a system check to ensure that your device and browser are compatible with D2L and how to access your online course.


Step Three: Course Tools

Become familiar with the D2L tools you will use to communicate with your instructor, navigate the course, and complete assignments.


Questions related to registration issues and procedures or your program of study?
Contact the Coordinator of Online Learning, Doug Jameson, at 615.353.3461 or