Minnesota West Online

Semester Checklist for Online Students


Signed up for an online class?


Follow the steps below to ensure a smooth start to your online class experience.

  • Introduce yourself to your instructor in an email before classes are scheduled to begin. Find your instructor’s email address in the Faculty Directory.
  • Access your course by logging in to Desire2Learn. Note that most classes will not be available before the first day of the semester. You may log in and review the FAQ section, as well as complete the Introduction to Online learning course.
  • Access your Minnesota West email. Minnesota West students who take online courses are required to use the free Minnesota West email.
  • Purchase your books for your courses. For online courses, order your books BEFORE the first day of classes.