Getting Started with myLearning

Getting Started with myLearning and Online Classes

myLearning, powered by Desire2Learn (D2L) Brightspace, is CSM’s online learning management system (LMS).

myLearning offers the following benefits:

  • 24/7 access to your course information and grades
  • 24/7-365 technical support by phone, chat, and e-mail
  • A streamlined, standardized interface--your course information appears in the same place across all of your courses
  • Advanced preference settings that give you more choices on how you receive information; including text announcements and pushing myLearning e-mail messages to your personal e-mail address
  • An instant messaging tool to communicate with your classmates and instructors
  • The "Pulse" mobile app to help you manage your assignments, grades, course documents, and more (Download it for free from Google Play or the App Store)

There are many advantages of online learning: 

  • Greater flexibility for both students and instructors. Students may participate in classes from anywhere! CSM will begin to include online content for all courses – face-to-face, as well as web-hybrid and web. Students may participate in classes from anywhere!
  • Online courses can be more focused on the learner and less on the instructor. 
  • Many students benefit from the increased student-to-student interaction
  • Many students are able to learn better and to a greater depth of knowledge through online learning.


Are you prepared to take online courses at CSM?

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myLearning Student Orientation Course

CSM’s myLearning Student Orientation is a short online interactive, audio, and video-based orientation that prepares students to understand:

  • Navigating myLearning
  • Course Navigation
  • Communication Tools
  • Assignments & Quizzes
  • Class Progress & Grades

Download Instructions on How to Enroll

Each learning module contains short voice annotated videos, followed by a five-question module quiz.  If the students score 80% or better they can move to the next module until all five modules are completed. Once students have completed the orientation, they have access to a personalized completion certificate to print or email digitally. Students can provide a paper or digital copy of their certificate upon the instructor’s request.

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Other Tutorials

The short videos below explain how to use D2L Brightspace (powering myLearning), College of Southern Maryland’s method for offering course material online. All of them have audio as well as video so headphones or speakers are required. The videos provide basic information about the main tools in Brightspace and tips and tricks for getting the most from its many features.

Access Short Video Tutorials

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24/7 Chat

If you have technical issues regarding myLearning, contact the D2L Brightspace Help Desk chat. The D2L Brightspace Help Desk chat is 24x7 technical support for online students and faculty. This first tier of support can provide immediate answers to your questions. You can access the myLearning Help Desk Chat from the myLearning and any course home page. Just look for the Help Button.
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