Course Management Systems


D2L (through Brightspace) is MSU’s main supported online learning management system. NOTE: Two-factor authentication is turned on for all faculty members using D2L.

Additional information:

Insights Portal (Analytics)

D2L course admins and editors have access to the Insights Portal for course statistics and visualizations to track, measure, and monitor student progress and help improve learner engagement aiding in student success.

Advanced features beyond the core course analytics in D2L include the Course Overview Widget, the Class Engagement Dashboard, and a variety of Portal Reports (hourly + daily). See below for some tips on using the D2L Insights Portal.

Awards Tool (Badging)

The integrated Awards tool in D2L enables instructors to issue badges and certificates recognizing student achievements and encouraging engagement. Read more at the D2L Awards Tool at MSU page.

D2L Integrations

D2L allows for different third-party integrations. Some current integrations available to faculty and instructors include:

Submit the D2L third-party integration form if you’d like to request additional integrations.


LON-CAPA is a web-based content management and assessment system. This system is supported by the National Science Foundation and is well suited for science and physics courses.

It was developed in 1992 by MSU faculty in the Cyclotron Lab and is hosted by the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy.

MSU Google G Suite for Education

MSU Google Apps offers a variety of collaborative tools that may help with course management.

The Google Classroom app enables instructors to create and collect assignments and collaborate on discussion boards. It also provides Google Drive folders for each assignment.

Google has agreed to properly host MSU’s FERPA protected educational records as an institutional agent in Core Apps only. Please avoid any use of Google Apps with confidential data other than educational records.