Activating a D2L Course

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Intended Audience

WSU instructors using Desire2Learn or those interested in using this instructional management system in the future.


A separate D2L course shell is created for every section of every course each semester. It is up to instructors to decide to make those D2L courses available to students each term.

Begin by finding the course to activate in the My Courses widget. (for information on how to pin your courses in the My Courses widget, refer to the My Courses widget article.) A course image that is grayed out and stamped as (Inactive) indicates that the course is inactive and cannot be seen by students. When students login to D2L, they will only see the courses that instructors have activated.

Students: If you do not see a particular course listed in D2L, it could be because your instructor has decided not to use D2L for that course. It could also be that your instructor has not yet activated the D2L course. Your instructors will inform you whether they will be using D2L.

Steps for Activating a D2L Class

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To activate a course, instructors should:

  1. Log in to Desire2Learn
  2. Locate your course in the My Courses search and pin it to your home page (for more information, see My Courses widget.)
  3. Return to the home page by clicking the house icon in the top left of the window
  4. Roll over the grayed image for the class and a small box with three dots will appear in the top left, select the Course Offering Information link
  5. Select the "Course is active" check-box, placing a check in the box
  6. Examine the start and end dates. Adjust if necessary.
  7. Select the Save button

Note: Even if a course is set to active, the Start Date can still prevent students from seeing the course if the start date is in the future.