Student Resources

Welcome back to spring semester at Minneapolis College! Many answers to students’ questions are provided here. 

Be sure to check your college email and D2L announcements frequently for instructions and guidance from faculty and staff.  Visit Ask Us for answers to many frequently asked questions. 

Check out the series of new 

Quick Tips Videos

for help making the shift to online coursework. 

If you are new to online learning, see the online learning and FAQ sections below. We've compiled technology resources as well as study tips to mental heath and wellness, we've got you covered!

 

Things to Know

  • Student Snack Packs
    The Boynton Health Clinic is providing student snack packs, Tuesdays from May 19 - June 9. Visit the Boynton Student Health Clinic webpage for more information, including hours.
  • New options for your grading. There are 4 new options for grading and withdrawal for the Spring 2020 academic term. Visit the New Grading Options webpage for more information and the Grade Method Change form.
  • How do I stay informed? Please check your College email often and/or visit this site for frequent updates.
  • Spring Commencement. The May 15 Commencement Ceremony will not take place in person at the Minneapolis Convention Center and alternative options are being considered at this time.
  • Events are likely to be cancelled. Please check the College calendar
  • Video from Chancellor Malhotra. COVID-19 Student Update from Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

d2l - Online classroom

D2L Brightspace is Minneapolis College's online learning platform

  • Log in to D2L
    • Use your StarID and password
  • "How to" page for students
  • "Ask Us" D2L Resources

office 365

Access email, OneDrive , and other Microsoft programs

Zoom - Video Conferencing

Zoom is Minneapolis College's video conferencing platform.

  • Log into Zoom
    • Use your StarID and password
  • "Ask Us" resources for using Zoom

NAvigate

Advising, Tutoring, and more can be found on Navigate

Adobe

Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) has provided temporary, at-home access

Student Laptop Checkout Program

The ITS Division will be facilitating a Student Laptop Checkout Program for summer semester. Currently registered students may request a laptop through our online form

Once approved, we will email students to let them know specific dates/times ITS will be on campus to hand out laptops. (All emails will be sent to their college email). Students must be 18+ years old and currently registered for Summer 2020 classes in order to be eligible for a checkout laptop.

Please note: there are a limited number of devices and can’t guarantee all requests will be fulfilled. Summer checkout laptops will be due back at the end of the summer semester.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General FAQ

Online Learning

ONLINE LEARNING TIPS

Ask questions
Be sure to ask for clarification or discuss any course issues you may have, especially if you are new to online learning. Contact the additional resources provided for assistance as well, we are here to support you.

Study Environment
Find or create a space where you study best and create a routine so you have the time set aside and items that you need to stay organized - internet connection, books, headphones etc.

Create a schedule
Set aside enough time for each week’s work. Setting reminders on your phone or other devices can help you stay on task, use post it notes, keep a calendar.

Participate often
Participate with your peers and your instructor to stay connected in your course; share ideas, ask questions, offering feedback and working together are ways to maintain a supportive and active class environment.

Keep up!
Online is flexible but takes at least as much time as learning face-to-face, do not underestimate the time needed to complete your work. If you find yourself behind, contact your instructor right away for options, use their contact information. They are there to help you. It takes time and patience to create new habits.

COMMUNITY/GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

Health Care Resources

Unemployment Resources

Housing Resources

PARENTING RESOURCES

Trauma and Wellness

Engagement Activities

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health Crisis

  • Crisis Text Line offers free help to those who are having a mental health crisis or are contemplating suicide.
    • Just text 'MN' to 741741. Services are available 24/7 across Minnesota. 
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Line (toll free) at 1-800-279-TALK (8255)
  • If you are a Hennepin County resident
    • call COPE (Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies) at 612-596-1223
    • The COPE team is available 24/7.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-279-TALK (8255).  

Minneapolis College Assistance

  • Boynton Student Health Clinic
    • Services to all enrolled Minneapolis College students
    • Most services are no cost to students. 
  • Navigate
    • Minneapolis College counselors are available to discuss issues of concern via Zoom Appointment or Phone
    • Schedule an appointment using Navigate

    More Mental Heath Resources