D2L Brightspace Student Orientation

What is D2L Brightspace?

D2L Brightspace is a Learning Management System (LMS). It allows for online access to course materials and provides the opportunity for communication outside the classroom in a virtual online environment.The document below provides an overall orientation to D2L.

Note: You may see references to "Daylight" or "Daylight Experience." Shippensburg University has chosen to implement Daylight between Spring and Summer 2018. Thus the tutorials may look a little different, but the workflows are the same.

Note: On D2L's site you may see reference to tools that we have opted to not use at Shippensburg.

Logging In

  1. Go to http://d2l.ship.edu to access the D2L homepage.
  2. Click the Ship logo
  3. Enter your SU username and password. If you forget your password, click on the Forgot your password? link and follow the steps to reset your password. To change your password, go to Account Settings under the personal menu and click Change password. (Remember, changing your password changes the password for accessing all Ship resources.)
  4. It is recommended that you run a system check to make sure that your computer meets the minimum standard requirements, located near the bottom of the D2L homepage, before you log in for the first time.

Getting Started with D2L Brightspace

New to D2L Brightspace? Need help using it? Follow this link to D2L's community site for beginner and semester start info

Learner Guide

Follow this link to a page on D2L's website to download the comprehensive learner guide (.doc format)

Learner FAQs

Here is a list to Learner (Student) specific FAQs. Use the menu on the right to navigate the questions.

Learner info on D2L Community Site

Follow this link to D2L's Community site. There is a lot of helpful information about how to use Brightspace. It's a little less organized but full of useful information about Brightpsace. You can search for whatever you need.


    Youtube Video Playlists

    Learning Environment Basics for Learners: D2L Learning Environment 10.3


    Navigate Brightspace Learning Environment for Learners: Brightspace Learning Environment 10.5 or 10.6

    A collection of videos providing an overview of different tools in Brightspace Learning Environment 10.5 and higher.



    Call the student help desk (717) 477-HELP (x4357)

    Follow this link to read a list of places to find further support when you need it.


    System Requirements and Recommendations

    Navigate to this D2L page for current Brightspace System Requirements

    Logging Out

    The logout option is in the personal menu on the minibar. Selecting the dropdown menu and clicking Log Out will take you back to the Shippensburg University Portal page.

    The system may time-out if you remain inactive for an extended period of time and you may be logged out of D2L. It is important that you save anything that you are working on to avoid