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.

Where do I begin?

  1. Perform a system check before the semester begins.
  2. Become familiar with D2L system tools that you will use extensively throughout the semester. Links with detailed instructions are shown below. 
  3. Log in to your course(s) on the specified date and time.
  4. Verify that you have access to the course(s) in which you are enrolled. 
  5. Contact the Technical Help Desk at 615-353-3678 or Help Desk Email with any technical issues that you encounter. 
  6. Contact the Coordinator of Online Learning, 615-353-3461, doug.jameson@nscc.edu for assistance with questions related to registration issues and procedures or your program of study, 

Getting Started

Log in to eLearn

Go to http://www.nscc.edu and click on NS Online Courses.

login to NSCC

Enter your user name and password.

Key login information

Accessing Your Course

Access Your Course


Once you enter a course, its events that the instructor has chosen to display in the calendar are available in your Calendar. To see course events, select the course then from the Communication menu, select Calendar. This will "activate" the course calendar and show its availability events.




Using Email

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 Assignment Dropbox

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. 

Assignment Dropbox


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.


Using Classlist

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. 



Technical Requirements

Type Components Requirements
Mac Users Operating System

Mac OS X

Office Suites

-Microsoft Office 2007 or later
-iWork '08 Suite; or,
-NeoOffice 2.2.4 or later

Windows Users Operating System Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Office Suites

-Microsoft 2007 or later
-OpenOffice 2.4.1 or later
-Office 2007

Cross-Platform Requirements Internet Connection 56K modem or cable modem, DSL
Desktop Browser
-Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher
-Firefox (newest)
- 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)
Mobile Web
-iOS 5 or higher
-Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Blackberry 7 or higher
Browser Plug-Ins

-Adobe Acrobat
-Flash Player
-Java 1.6.x (required); JRE 6 update 31 recommended

-Sound card
-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.

Technical Skills Assessment

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.

  1. I have frequent access to a computer AND to the Internet
  2. I currently have an e-mail address
  3. I can download documents, images or other files from the Internet
  4. I can participate in an online chat, listserv, or bulletin board discussion

I can perform the following computer tasks:

  1. Turn my computer on, off and reboot
  2. Comfortably use a mouse
  3. Create folders on the desktop and organize files
  4. Find lost files on my hard drive
  5. Create a new word processing document
  6. Save files to the desktop

I can perform or am aware of the following Internet skills:

  1. Use a URL or web address
  2. Use the refresh/reload button on my browser
  3. Create and use bookmarks or favorites
  4. Search the web using a search engine
  5. Download and install programs or plug-ins
  6. Send and receive e-mails
  7. Attach a file to an outgoing e-mail message

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.