SCSU Online and Distance Learning

Online Student Technology Resources

An online program offers a lot of flexibility. In order to get the most out of this benefit, a personal computer with internet access is essential for completing assignments and interacting with others.

Run a system check

Online courses at St. Cloud State schools are delivered using D2L Brightspace. Before using D2L Brightspace, please make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements:

  • Ensure that your browser has JavaScript and Cookies enabled.
  • You must have the ability to check email. Remember, St. Cloud State email is the official form of communication with your professors.
  • If multimedia is used in a course, you will need a sound card with speakers/headphones.
  • You will need standard versions of at least Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These programs are available for free to students through Office 365.

Download free programs and players

Software requirements are dependent on the courses you are enrolled in. However, below are links to free programs and players that are most often used in online courses at St. Cloud State.

Need a device for your online course?

HuskyTech has devices available for temporary checkouts or for purchase.

D2L Brightspace

Free Online Tutoring is a free online tutoring and academic support tool which allows all St. Cloud State students to access an extensive list of online tutoring.

You can get a tutor 24/7 in more than 40 subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, English, AP® Support, Foreign Languages and Business. Tutoring sessions take place in our easy-to-use online classroom, which runs in your web browser.

  • Minnesota State has purchased 15 hours of tutoring for every student.

Log into your D2L Brightspace homepage; under "Resources" access "".

Access (D2L Brightspace)

Free Tutoring on Campus

Many departments on campus offer free tutoring services to students. Visit the Acadmic Support Services website for a full list of departments that offer free tutoring services.


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