Online learning enables you to take courses over the Internet. At Metropolitan State University, we understand that a majority of our students are adult learners with full-time jobs and busy lives. Therefore, we are committed to making the learning process convenient and readily accessible to our students.
About Online Study
Online courses at Metropolitan State University have the same rigor and expectations as classroom courses. You are expected to meet course requirements by submitting assignments, conducting research, taking tests, participating in class discussions, and writing papers. The only difference is that instead of sitting in a face-to-face classroom, all these activities are performed online and may be accomplished in different locations and at different times as long as course deadlines are met.
About Course Websites
Courses are made available online through an instructional management system. You have the flexibility to participate in learning activities no matter where you are as long as you have access to the Internet. Through the course site, you can access course content such as curriculum and assignments as well as interact with other students and the instructor via built-in tools including discussion forums. You may also submit assignments and quizzes online.
To get started with online learning at Metropolitan State University, you may want to browse our online programs and courses or go through the Online Learning Overview section to see if online learning is right for you.
Online students must be self-motivated, have good written communication skills, access to computer, and have proficiency with software applications. Take a "Are You Ready" self-assessment to determine your readiness for taking an online class.
Metropolitan State University provides you with the computer requirements you need to access all features of your online courses. Use this link to determine the minimum required operating system and browser requirements.
Created by the Center for Online Learning team, Fast Track to Online Success is a sample course that introduces you to the various functions in Desire2Learn. The objective is to prepare you for your first online course and to make online learning and teaching an enjoyable educational experience.
Fast Track to Online Success serves as a "mock online course" that introduces you to reading material, assignments, quizzes, and discussions. You can actually attempt quizzes and post comments to the discussion forums in order to familiarize yourself with these important activities. After completing the modules, you will also be able to upload and download materials through the dropbox and navigate your upcoming course with confidence
To access the Fast Track, go to https://metrostate.ims.mnscu.edu/shared/login.html and use the following credentials: