Understanding the Basics

MTSU has invested in three pieces of software to assist remote and online instruction. This page offers links to basic instruction on D2L (a.k.a. Brightspace), Zoom, and Panopto.


Desire2Learn (D2L) is MTSU’s online learning management system (LMS).

Visit the ITD Service Portal to learn how to use the features of D2L effectively and efficiently. 

  • Bootcamp Workshop
  • D2L Bootcamp Course
    • Self-pace through a D2L course created by CTAT to find detailed references and videos for using several features of D2L.
    • Learn more and self-register.
  • Remote Instruction Standards Course
    • Self-pace through a D2L course created by MTSU Online to provide fundamental information needed to develop a remote instruction/delivery course.

      How to access the course

      1. Login to D2L with your MTSU credentials
      2. Join the course by clicking the Self-Registration option on your D2L Homepage and then clicking the Remote Instruction Standards Course link. 
      3. Once enrolled, either move through the course from start to finish or review those areas of remote learning that are unfamiliar to you. Use this course as a reference or refresher at any time. It will be updated regularly and always remain available for your use.

Announcement / News Tool


Content Tool


Discussion Tool


Video Note in D2L/Brightspace


Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom provides remote conferencing services including video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. 

How to Access Zoom:

Zoom Ettiquette Handout:

Quick Video Guide to Zoom Personal Meeting ID & Waiting Room

From CLA Advising Secretary, Jennifer Rice, a short training video intended originally for the advisors, but helpful for anyone who uses Zoom for office hours or meetings with students. As a bonus, it includes a section on breakout rooms.

8:31 Zoom hosting features

11:20 Waiting room notification

11:51 Setting up pop out windows

12:09 Waiting room messaging

15:09 Changing default meeting options while in a meeting

16:42 Breakout rooms

20:51 Being the host and how to share hosting duties

23:57 What the student sees


Panopto allows you to create your own videos and embed them in D2L. 

The LT&ITC also offers Panopto workshops:  see Archived Presentations for a link to a recent presentation.