Learning happens different ways at here at Hennepin Technical College, as we deliver our courses face-to-face (in the classroom), blended, (partially online) of fully online is key to your success.

Navigating through the information and resources below, will help you determine which course delivery method is best for you. Student success is our mission at HTC and it’s our hope that offering multiple learning options will help you achieve that success.

D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is the Learning Managing System (LMS), that Hennepin Technical College uses. What does this mean ? This is how you will be able to access all of your courses surrounding grades, important documents (i.e. Syllabus, Schedules, etc), for all face-to-face, blended and fully online courses.

D2L Brightspace is where you’ll find important information and documents for your online, blended and Face-to-Face courses. In addition, this is where you’ll check your grades and connect/communicate with your fellow classmates and instructor.

If you have a problem with specific course components, such as a quizzes or assignments, you should always contact the instructor of the course.
Logging into D2L Brightspace is the same as your StarID. If you need assistance either activating your StarID or other password issues, please click on Activate
Courses for the next term are not populated (uploaded) in to D2L Brightspace until 55 days prior to the start of the term. Additionally, you will not necessarily have access to the course until the first day that the course begins. Each individual instructor has the ability to adjust course dates, be aware that you may not have access until the first day of class.

Course Home

The Course Home tab is the starting point of your course. The Course Home page displays information from your instructor, important resource links, and updates to your course.

Course Materials

The nuts and bolts of your online course is located under the Course Materials Tabs. Here, you’ll find course content; your syllabus, schedule, assignments, etc., and the course calendar are located under this tab. In addition, some instructors will include a list of FAQs, as well as a checklist for assignments. A link to your “locker,” a personal D2L Brightspace storage space for your course files, can be found here.


Understanding how to communicate with your instructor, and classmates, is essential to success in an online course. The Communication tab provides links to course email and updates from you instructor via the News feature. You can also see which of your classmates is online by clicking on Class List. A green “dot” indicates a classmate, or your instructor, is currently online. In addition, you can navigate to class discussion forums via the Discussions header in the drop-down list.


Students can keep track of grades, assignment remittance and access quizzes under the assessment tool. In addition, if your instructor uses D2L Brightspace rubrics, assignment expectations are located under the Rubrics header.


Hennepin Technical College provides a variety of support resources for students. Links to a number of essential services provided by the college, are under the Resources tab.


Web links to additional student information are listed under the Links tab. For example, your instructor may provide links to publisher material used in the course. In addition, accessibility information is found here.

Log Out

Don’t forget to log out of your D2L Brightspace account when you session is ended. This is especially important if you’re using public computers. Keep your information confidential!

D2L Brightspace FAQ's (Please use YourStarID@minnstate.edu as your login)

F2F, Blended and Online

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Face-to-Face, Blended and Online learning

Each of the methods noted, Face-to-Face, Blended and Online Learning are different ways to deliver courses.
Face-to-Face courses meet in the classroom and may utilize parts of D2L Brightspace for grades, quizzes, important course documents, etc. In contrast, online courses are typically completely online and delivered through the D2L Brightspace platform. If you are looking for a class that part face-to-face and part online, then a Blended course is right for you. Whatever delivery method you choose, knowing how to use D2L Brightspace is your responsibility and a requirement for most courses at HTC.

Online Learning

Are you looking for a bit more freedom when it comes to obtaining your degree? Do you work hours that make obtaining your degree a challenge? Are you interested in taking a course in your any time, day or night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps enrolling in an online course is for you. Online courses offer many advantages for learning anytime, anyplace, however, you must make sure that taking online classes are right for you. Please consider the following questions and guides to assist you in determining what is best for your learning style and degree success.
First and foremost, being able to obtain and successfully navigate technology is a huge part of online course success. When participating in an online course you should not only be able to navigate the internet, but also be able to use a computer adequately in order to complete the online assessments, quizzes, write papers, and much more. However, it doesn’t mean that you must be an “expert” on computers in order to succeed either. Here are some questions to consider surrounding technology experience that would be critical to succeeding in an online course:
  1. Can you comfortably use a keyboard and computer mouse?
  2. Can you create files, save files and upload files with ease?
  3. Are you comfortable navigating the web, online resources through the HTC website (HTC Library, student services, D2L Brightspace), etc.
  4. Are you able to use email, upload and download files and other resources with ease?

If you answered “YES to these questions, then online learning might be right for you!

Here at Hennepin Technical College (HTC), you are typically going to use the D2L Brightspace Learning Management System, which is the way we deliver all face-to-face, blended and online courses. Additionally, based on the differing course requirements, different hardware and software may be needed. Here is a list of tools that should be considered when it comes to improved online success:
  1. Reliable AND consistent Internet Access
  2. Ability to use Microsoft Word or Word for Mac software
  3. Ability to use myhennepintech.edu
  4. Access to a printer
  5. CD-ROM or DVD player
  6. Java-enabled web browsers: Safari 2 (Mac), Firefox 2 (Mac or PC), Chrome (Mac or PC).

If you have access/knowledge of these tools and can use these, then online learning might be right for you!

Though studying is part of all education delivery methods (face-to-face, blended and/or online education), when taking a fully online course, there are some specific areas to consider surrounding studying.
  1. Are you more of a self-motivated individual who is able to set aside time each day/week for completing course assignments, etc.
  2. Are you able to work around distractions and stay on task when studying?
  3. Are you able to meet deadlines and keep a schedule in order to complete these tasks?
  4. Are you comfortable logging into D2L Brightspace, checking email, etc. regularly (regularly = many times per week)?
  5. Do you have at least 6-9 hours a week to study?
  6. If you need assistance, are you willing to reach out for help in a timely fashion?

If you answered “YES to these questions, then online learning might be right for you!

Each of us has preferences for how we study and learn best. Online learning is unique,
set up differently, and the interaction you have in the online classroom is very different than that of a face-to-face classroom.

*Terms of Use

©2003 Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. At the request of the Georgia Board of Regents Advanced Learning Technologies unit, Dr. Lynne Schrum produced the Student Online Readiness Tool utilizing information obtained through her research (2001). In 2003, the content, appearance, navigation, and resource references were modified by Advanced Learning Technologies. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License.

Quality Matters

According to the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI),
“The Quality Matters program provides professional development, a set of rubrics, and a course peer review process that work together to support faculty in improving the quality of online and blended courses. QM has received national recognition for its faculty-centered approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning.” This voluntary but rigorous program, allows faculty to pursue Quality Matters (QM), certification of a course that they teach in a blended or online format. This review process is based on course design and instructors who pursue QM certification put much time, energy and expertise into the development of their courses.


What does this mean for you – the learner?
If you see the Quality Matters seal next to a course in the course catalogue and/or information in the course notes, it means that you can be ensured as a learner you are registering for a course that meets quality standards. HTC has many courses that are Quality Matters Approved.

Last updated by sciebiera : 2018-02-15 15:21:47