Online Class Support (D2L) for Students

Desire2Learn (D2L) is Portland State University's online learning management system (LMS). This page provides resources for students using D2L at Portland State. For faculty help, visit the instructor knowledge base or contact the Office of Academic Innovation's Faculty Support Desk.

Accessing D2L

You can access D2L using your personal computer or lab computers on the PSU campus. For more information on online coursework at PSU, visit the PSU Online website.

Once you have determined that your computer meets the minimum specifications, you can access D2L by following these steps:

  1. Go to in your internet browser.
  2. Sign in with your Odin account.
    Note: If you don't remember your password, go to Resetting Your Odin Password for instructions on how to reset it.

Student Tutorials

D2L Homepage

Your D2L Homepage is the first page you see after signing into D2L. On this page you will find a list of all the courses you are registered for. Please note that not all Portland State courses use online resources or D2L. If you are not sure whether your courses use D2L, please contact your instructor.

Like the Course Home page, this page contains an Announcements section. This Announcements section is controlled by the D2L Support Staff and is used for system updates and notices.

D2L Course Homepage

The Course Homepage is the entry page for your specific course. It is the first page that you see when you enter the course. It contains the Announcements, Calendar, Activities and Content, and Library Resources widgets.

D2L Content

The Content tool is where course materials can be found. Content material can range from basic text to multimedia files.

D2L Discussions

The Discussions tool can be used for online discussions between you and other students and/or your instructor.

D2L Assignments

The Assignments tool is an electronic storage space for documents you will be submitting to your instructor. Submissions are date and time stamped.

D2L Quizzes

The quizzes tool allows you to take quizzes and view your own quiz results online. While labeled "Quizzes", this tool can be used for exams, surveys, and/or homework assignments.

D2L Groups

The Groups tool allows you to create a group to organize your classmates for small-group activities or discussions.

D2L Grades

The Grades tool allows you to view your grade for the course.

D2L Email

D2L creates D2L email accounts for all users. This account is different from an email account because it is only for communication within D2L and uses the domain instead.

Instructors of large classes may be interested in using their D2L email account so that the large volume of mail generated by a large class does not swamp their account. Other instructors may ask you not to use D2L Mail at all and contact them via their account.


Collaborate is a virtual classroom and conferencing software. Instructors may use this to deliver lectures or set up group collaboration sessions.