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Getting Started with D2L

All TN eCampus programs and courses are accessed through D2L Brightspace, a state-of-the-art, yet user-friendly online learning management system.

Desire2Learn 10.5 Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements
  Required Recommended
Operating System Windows Vista, Windows 7 or newer
Mac OS X v10.7 or newer
Video Super VGA Monitor
Minimum resolution: 1024 X 768
Resolution of 1024 X 768
or greater
Internet Speed 56k modem Cable or DSL connection with speed of 1.5mbps or higher
Audio 16 bit sound card and speakers 16 bit sound card and speakers
Java Runtime
Environment (JRE)
JRE v1.6 x JRE 1.6 update 31
(Requires Equation Editor)
Javascript Enabled Enabled
Cookies Enabled Enabled
Pop-ups Allow  
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater  
Supported Browsers*   Chrome (latest version)
Firefox (latest version)
Internet Explorer (versions 11 and above)
Safari (versions 9.0 & above)

*D2L supports many popular web browser versions. Upgrades to the newest version of any browser is not recommended unless there is a compelling reason to do so, such as correcting a security vulnerability. If your web browser is having problems completing certain tasks within D2L, downgrade to an older browser version or download and use another supported browser.


The following is a list of popular plug-ins and programs. Plug-ins are commonly required to access online content that may be found in TN eCampus courses. You can click on the plug-in test links below to find out what version of the plug-in is installed on your system. If you do not have the latest available version, install an update.

Free Plugins Versions
Recommended Plugin Plugin Test Download for Windows and Mac
PDF Viewer   Download Adobe Reader
Adobe Flash Player Check Adobe Flash Player Download Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Shockwave Player Check Adobe Shockwave Player Download Adobe Shockwave Player
Java Plugin Check Java Download Java

Basic Software Applications

Some courses may require computer software as part of the requirements for the course (e.g., a course in statistics may require a statistical software package, etc.). It is the responsibility of the learner to check specific course requirements and to acquire the software used in their course. Instructors will usually identify unique software requirements in the course syllabus.

D2L User Interface

d2l user interface example

My Home is your starting point inside the Learning Environment. It is also your organization's homepage where you can access widgets, tool links on the navbar, organization-level content, and other available resources.

Course Home is the first page you see when you navigate to a course. Similar to My Home, it also contains widgets, tool links on the navbar, and resources that enable you to access your personal information, account settings, and course specific content.

Course Selector lists your courses. You can sort them by course name or by date last accessed. You can also select specific courses from the course selector and pin them to the top of the list for easier navigation. See accessing the course for more information. 

Minibar is your main navigation tool to courses and personal settings in Learning Environment. The minibar contains a link to My Home, the course selector, alerts, and your personal menu. See the minibar for more information.

  • Alerts in the minibar notify you when you receive messages, updates, or subscription updates. See identifying alerts for more information.
  • Personal menu contains links to your profile, notification options, account settings, and logout. Click your name on the minibar to open the personal menu.

Navbar is your main navigation tool within a course. It displays the course name, tool links, custom links, and custom link groups. Each course can have its own unique navbar to provide relevant tools and resources.


Access Brightspace's extensive library of D2L YouTube videos to get a headstart on your semester!