Student Support Services: For DSU Online Students

Are You Ready for the Online Learning?

Online learning is quite different from the traditional classroom learning environment. Online learning requires strong reading and time management skill, self motivation and self discipline and independent as well as collaborative learning.

If you are ready for online learning, you’ll

  • have a computer and a reliable Internet connection. (See Technical Requirements and System Check)
  • be comfortable with the basic computer skills (word processing, Internet search, attachment, sending/receiving e-mail, file management, upload and download).
  • know how to interact with fellow students to complete group projects.
  • know how to meet assignment deadlines.
  • be able to express you ideas and questions in writing.
  • know how to find and use online help.
  • spend approximately 10 or 15 hours of study time per week.

Tips for Online Learning: Tips for Netiquette, preparing for assignments and exams, time management and Participating in course discussion.

Technical Requirement

Computer Requirements
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 2000 or higher
Computer Processor Personal computer (PC) with a Pentium II-class processor, 450 megahertz (MHz), or faster
Computer Memory 512 MB of RAM or more
Hard Disk Space 10 or more GB capacity, with 30% or more free space
Drive CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution monitor with 256 colors or higher
Mouse Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Internet Connection 56kbps dial-up minimum - Broadband connection strongly recommended
Web Browsers  
Microsoft Internet Explorer:
Mozilla Firefox:
Common Plug-ins

Your System Check: This System Check is designed to ensure your computer system is properly configured for our online courses. It verifies your browser version, browser settings and settings on your computer.

Platform Requirements for Taking Online Course: Platform requirements for learning environment 8.2 and browser compatibility for learning environment 8.2.

Find out DSU Online Programs and Courses

DSU offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in the University Center at Sioux Falls and via online. To find more about the programs and courses, please click the links below.

  • DSU Online Programs
  • Summer 2012 Online Courses will be available for registration soon.
  • WebAdvisor: To search for more online courses offered by DSU and the other universities of South Dakota. Please:
    1. Select Prospective Students and then click Search for Sections.
    2. Choose term from the dropdown box.
    3. Choose a university from the dropdown box.
    4. Choose a location from the dropdown box, select INT - INT Internet.
    5. Click the Submit button. You will find the course listing of the Section Selection Results in the semester.
    6. Click the course link for Section Name and Title in which you are interested.


  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • WebAdvisor to register for classes. (for South Dakota residents and current students)
    To obtain your WebAdvisor ID and password, please select Students then select I’m New to WebAdvisor and then follow the instructions provided. WebAdvisor will send you with a temporary ID via email. The Pluto e-mail address is used for on campus students. For students with no Pluto address or who are off campus, the address listed will be an internet address provided by the student. If you do not currently have an e-mail address recorded in the student system, forward an e-mail to mailto: to request that one be added for you.
  • Register for Online Course (for Non South Dakota residents).
    Distance Students are encouraged to register for distance education courses on the web-based registration request form. Questions regarding courses can be submitted via e-mail at or phoned to the Extended Programs office at 605-256-5049 or toll free at 800-641-4309

Tuition/Financial Aid

Academic Support

Advising: Online advising will help you clarify your academic and career goals, and which courses you should take to fulfill those goals. Online advising can also answer questions about the courses that you are currently taking. If you have any questions on academics and curriculum, please contact academic support advisor Susan Eykamp at or call  (605)256-5049 or (800)641-4309 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Central Time), Monday through Friday.

Student Disability: If you have a documented disability and/or anticipate needing accommodations (e.g., non-standard note taking, test modifications) in this course, please arrange to meet with the instructor. Also, please contact Dakota State University’s ADA coordinator, Keith Bundy in the Student Development Office located in the Trojan Center Underground or at 256-5121, as soon as possible. The form and contact information needed can be found at the Diversity Services website. You will need to provide documentation of your disability. The ADA coordinator must confirm the need for accommodations before officially authorizing them.

Course Payment

Courses delivered off-campus fall under the self-support rate structure. The self-support rate per credit hour for under-graduate and graduate courses are determined and approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Go to Tuition and Payment Self-Support Rate to check the Internet course cost.

The cost of textbooks and other materials necessary for the course is additional and not include with the billing statement. For more information regarding payment, please view SDePay Online Payment & Billing.

Taking Online Courses

  • Online Textbook Order: Students may order their course books and materials from the DSU Bookstore A secure server is in place for credit card transactions. Orders can also be made by phone at 800-641-4309 or (605) 256-5238 and fax (605) 256-7127. A shipping and handling charge of $5 for one book, $2.00 for each additional in the same shipment is added. An additional 6% sales tax is added for South Dakota residents.
  • Library Services: DSU Library provides services to the distance and USDSU students enrolled in Dakota State University courses. The services include Access to Electronic Resources at the Mundt Library, Interlibrary Loan, Ask a Librarian Liability, Costs Library Services, Database Searching Service Mundt Library Online, Document Delivery Time and Help Tutorials. Please visit Distance Students and University Center (Sioux Falls) Students: Services of the Mundt Library. Or contact a librarian at the Ask a Librarian page.
  • Webmail Account: All DSU students have a Webmail account. Your email login ID and password will be sent to you either by mail or via email. To access DSU Webmail, you can select the Webmail link under Quick Links on the DSU homepage. A pop-up window will display, enter your login ID and password to check your mail. If you have questions regarding your email account, contact at
  • Desire2Learn Account: D2L is a course management system (CMS) that provides a web-based environment for online course delivery and class interaction. If you are a new student, please use your WebAdvisor ID as your Desire2Learn ID and your Student ID (7-digit number) as your initial password. If you don’t know your student ID, please contact your instructor or email to find out.
  • Login to D2L and View Your Course(s): Go to D2L login page, enter your username and password and click on the Login button and then you can view your course(s) are listed under the Dakota State University Widget in D2L. DSU Desire2Learn (D2L) User Portal: provides you D2L tutorials, D2L FAQ and D2L help and guidelines.
  • Adding and Dropping: Courses: Students can add or drop courses via WebAdvisor. An e-mail sent to Extended Programs will also be accepted as notification. Once your request is processed, you will be sent a reply to confirm. Please contact us with any questions at 800-641-4309 or email at
  • Withdraw from the University: When a student withdraws from all their courses in any academic term, they also withdraw from the University. To learn more about DSU withdrawal and refund policies, please visit DSU Catalog. Or contact Extended Programs at (605) 256-5049, toll-free 1-800-641-4309 or email
  • Proctor Information: A proctor is an individual who presides over an exam in circumstances when an exam cannot be completed during the scheduled exam time. The document links at right contain more complete information regarding proctors. Read the Proctor Guidelines and Policies before you arrange for a proctored examination. Your instructor should provide you with a proctor agreement application. To obtain a proctor, an electronic form can be found on our Proctoring website. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor or Office of Extended Programs at
  • Online Writing Lab: The Dakota State University Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides writing assistance to DSU faculty and students both on the DSU campus and in remote locations. Please visit Online Writing Lab web site to learn more. If you have a question or need assistance or feedback on a writing assignment, contact the OWL at
  • DSU Tutoring: The website covers Tutoring FAQ, Tutoring Handbook, Library Tutor Schedule, DSU SMARTHINKING and the other tutorial resources at the tutoring page.

Last Updated: 2/28/12