D2L - Navigating D2L

Last Updated: 08/15/2017


Logging in to D2L

  1. Log in to D2L at: https://learn.colorado.edu/.
  2. You will be taken to CU Boulder's Federated Identity Service login page: 

  3. Log in with your CU Login Name and IdentiKey and follow any on-screen steps, such as agreeing to Terms of Use and confirming your Digital ID Card.
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to access your courses from the D2L homepage.

If you are unable to log in and need to reset your IdentiKey password, click the IdentiKey/Login Help link.

System Check

If it is your first time logging in to D2L, run a system check to ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements.

A system check ensures that you have the appropriate:

  • Course required plug-ins, including JavaScript
  • Web browser version
  • Web browser settings
  • Display settings

Click Please click here for a System Check before you login on the Login page.

*Note:  When the system check is complete, a message will appear noting whether your system passed or failed and what actions to take to meet the requirements.

My Home

Once you log-in to D2L, you’ll see the My Home page. My Home is your starting point inside D2L. From here, you can set up your profile, edit your preferences, and access your courses. My Home is also where you can read campus-wide News and view events (like D2L workshop dates) via the Calendar. Additionally, you can access your Calendar, D2L Help, and Campus Links.

Learn more about the resources (called widgets) available on My Home.

Accessing a Course

To access a course, click the course name under the My Courses heading on the My Home page. Note that if you have different roles in different courses, your courses are listed in separate tabs. For example, courses you are an Auditor for are listed separate from courses in which you are an Instructor.

Once you click on the course name, the Course Home page will appear.

Course Home

Like My Home, You’ll immediately notice that your Course Home is also made up of a number of widgets. Learn more about customizing the widgets.

The primary navigation tool for a course is the navbar, which is always located vertically above the widgets on your Course Home page.  The navigation bar displays links to the tools available in your course. Within each tool there are tool menus to navigate to different sections and pages, and tabs to switch between sections within a page.

Visual representation of navigating through D2L.

  1. Minibar - Navigation tool to courses and personal settings within D2L.
  2. Navbar - Main navigation tool within a course.
  3. Course section area - The area where course content appears differently, depending on tool in use.

*Note: Not all the tools you may want to use appear in your navigation bar. For assistance with adding or removing tools from your navigation bar, visit Add a Tool to the Navigation Bar tutorial.