As we move classes to alternative modes of learning, this information will help you access helpful technology.
Check out a Computer or HotSpot
Students who don't have access to a computer or internet at home can borrow a Chromebook, Lenovo laptop, or WiFi hotspot from the Library.
- Must be currently enrolled
- Chromebooks - semester loan
- Lenovo laptop & WiFi hotspot - 3-week loan
- Visit the Library in 1-115 or request one online
how to login to Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks or online.
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Student Support Requests
Students with problems accessing O365 downloads or with problems using DCTC-provided hardware, can submit a support request here.
D2L Brightspace – Desire2Learn
D2L Brightspace is our online classroom. Within D2L you will find assignments, grades, messages from your instructors and much more.
Zoom is our web conferencing tool. If your instructor sets up a Zoom conference, you will be invited to attend, and a link will be provided to connect.
BYOA: BRING YOUR OWN ADDRESS UNTIL Fall 2021
Starting Fall 2021, your official college email, ending in .edu, will be used for important communications from the college.
Access your official college email account
Email is an official means of communication between the college and you. From now until the end of summer session 2021, the college will use the personal email address you provide and maintain in your E-services record. You can use any email address you choose, including the EDU address provided by the college. It is extremely important that the personal email address you provide in your E-services record is accurate, up-to-date and one you check regularly. That address is the address that is associated with your D2L Brightspace account that your instructors and classmates will see.
NEED AN EDU EMAIL ACCOUNT?
The college provides each student an EDU email account in the Microsoft Office 365 system. Beginning Fall 2021, all official communication will go to your college-issued student email. This email can be used as your personal email address like any other email account. It will remain active as long as you are a student.To log into your EDU account:
- Go to https://portal.office.com
- Login with
YourStarID@go.minnstate.edu and use your StarID password
- Follow the directions presented to start using your email account.
The subscription is free as long as you're an active student enrolled in a class.
IS YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS UP TO DATE?
Until Fall 2021, all official communication emailed to you by the college, faculty and staff will go to the personal email address you provide in your E-services account.
To verify and update your email address:
- Log in to your E-Services account.
- Click on Account Management, then Demographic Info.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find your email address on record.
- To update your email address, enter the new address and click Submit.
KEEP YOUR ADDRESS WORKING
It is your responsibility to ensure the personal email address in your E-services record is accurate and working. The same address is copied into D2L Brightspace so that address is the one most instructors will use. An easy way to test that your address is working and accepting messages from DCTC is to send yourself a message from within D2L Brightspace. You should expect to receive at least one message each week from the college when classes are in session.
It is a good practice to check your e-mail account once each day during the work week. That is especially important if an instructor uses e-mail to communicate with students.
SET DCTC AS A SAFE SENDER
Adding an email address or email address domain to the safe sender list in your email and Internet security software can help avoid messages being treated as junk or spam. Each email service has different steps in order to do this. The company WhatCounts provides instructions for safelisting addresses in a large number of email and Internet security software.
The dctc.edu domain name should be added to the whitelist or safe senders list:
Still have questions? Check out the Student Email FAQs.
Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
Students have access to the "Azure Dev Tools for Teaching" program. Visit the Microsoft Azure website to learn more, or Sign In in using your StarID@go.minnstate.edu credentials for access to the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching program offerings.
Free online learning
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) provides access to thousands of self-paced courses led by professional instructors.
When you sign in, select Sign in with your organization account. Use your MinnState StarID credential:
- Employees = StarID@minnstate.edu
- Students = StarID@go.minnstate.edu
Information on reduced-cost computers and laptops, reduced-rate data services, free and reduced software, and more.
Your StarID will expire every 180 days, so when prompted, make sure you reset your password.
On-campus and Additional Technology Resources