Distance Learning at DSU
Some of the courses you will take at DSU use the web-based learning management system called Blackboard. There are three types of courses offered using Blackboard:
- Web-enhanced courses. Although all of your class sessions are conducted in a classroom here on the campus your professor will use one or more aspects of Blackboard to distribute content or to conduct various learning activities.
- Blended learning courses. Instead of always meeting in the classroom, your professor will substitute some of the scheduled class time for online activities (i.e. online discussions, lectures, exams and assignments).
- Online distance education courses. For this type of course, you will NEVER meet in a classroom on campus with your professor. Through Blackboard, your professor will provide you with a syllabus, list of required textbooks, lectures and details of course assignments. You will submit your assignments and participate in discussions with both your professor and classmates online through Blackboard.
How do I access Blackboard as a student?
You can access Blackboard from any computer that has an internet connection. Go to http://dsuonline.blackboard.com  and enter your username and password.
Username: Enter your Student ID number, using lowercase "d"
Password: Enter uppercase "D" plus first 3 digits of your Student ID (D100, D101, D102, D103) + m or f (your gender letter) + 6 digit DOB (mmddyy)
Example: Username: d10256789 / Password: D102f050986
I logged in but I have a course not showing or a course that needs to be removed.
Blackboard and Banner (the Student Registration System) are not connected. To add or remove a course from Blackboard, email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- Your Student ID number
- CRN of the course you need to add or remove
How do I register for an online class?
You register the same way your register for traditional classes — through Banner. Simply go to myDESU  and log-in. The only difference is that in the course schedule listing, online courses have a section 40-49 and will be labeled as an online course.
What happens after I register for an online course?
The Distance Education & Learning Technologies office will email you an introduction letter to the course and Blackboard approximately one week prior to classes. It will include instructions on how to access Blackboard and will also grant you access to the online Orientation site where you can download the syllabus and required textbook information prior to the start of classes.
For additional support using Blackboard contact Distance Education at email@example.com  or stop by our office in EH 205.