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Desire 2 Learn

Your D2L experience begins at the D2L Login Page. Once you have successfully logged in using your ETSU credentials, you will land on the My Home page. The My Home page is the university-level landing page for D2L. The two primary components of the My Home page are Widgets and Navigation bars. Widgets are sections of the page reserved for information. Navigation bars direct you through the learning environment.

The Minibar

The new minibar is located at the top of your screen. This feature allows you to quickly navigate between courses, view messages and alerts at a glance, and access your account settings. The minibar is pinned to the top of the window and is accessible whether you are inside of a course or on the My Home page. The minibar is comprised of four major sections: My Home, the Course Selection drop-down menu, the Alerts panel, and your personal settings drop-down menu.

My Home Page with Minibar highlighted



My home button

My Home

Click the My Home button at any time to return back to the My Home page.


Course dropdown list in minibar

Course Selection

The Course Selection drop-down lists your courses. You can sort them by course name or by date last accessed. You can also select specific courses from the menu and “pin” them to the top of the list for easier navigation. To pin a course, simply click on the pushpin icon and it will turn orange. To unpin a course, click on the orange pushpin icon and it will return back to grey.


Alerts panel - mesaging, update alerts, and subscription notices

Alerts Panel

This panel holds access to messages, updates, and subscription notices.


personal setting drop-down menu

Personal Settings

Click your name to access your profile, personal settings, or to upload a photo to your profile.


My Home Widgets


news widget

News Widget

Check the News widget on the My Home page to access university-level information about D2L. Downtimes, important dates, and other D2L-specific notices will be posted here by the ATS staff.


my courses widget

My Courses Widget

Your Courses will appear here, organized by semester. Click the > icon to expand the view for all your courses. The default accessibility dates are the first and last day of classes. Please contact your instructor to inquire if you may be allowed to view course content before class begins or after it ends.

  • The Role buttons allows for you to toggle between the different levels of course access.
  • A collapsed semester heading will not display your classes
  • An expanded semester heading will display both the department and your class name. Clicking on the hyperlinked class name will open the course.



Side Widgets

Use the side widgets to access helpful links and technical assistance

Side Widgets

Default Course Home Navbar

In an effort to streamline the course homepage, we have customized a course home navbar. The link groups are organized by function and then alphabetically within each group. An expanded list of all course tools and their link group classification is listed below.

Default course nav bar


navigation groups within the course default nav bar





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