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What is a StarID?

StarID is a unique Minnesota State system username that students and CE teachers can use to access Minnesota State and M State resources, including the online library database, D2L and WebWorks.

How Do I Activate a StarID?

Step 1: Go to the Minnesota State StarID website. Click on "Activate StarID" and then "Personal Email Address." Students must use the same personal email that they used when taking the Accuplacer exam. If students are not sure which email was used, contact at least one week prior to activating StarIDs so a list of emails can be generated for the class. Concurrent instructors should activate their StarID using their school email.

Step 2: A verification code will be sent to the email address entered. The code is valid for only one hour and can be used only once.

Step 3: Copy and paste the code or enter it manually at the Minnesota State StarID website. Click on "Activate StarID" and "Verification Code." A StarID will be generated.

Step 4: Create a new password. Passwords must use at least three of the following: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, special characters.



D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is M State's online course management system.

How Concurrent Instructors Access a Course Shell

  1. Log in with your StarID and password.
  2. In the upper right click on "select a course" (box/grid icon) to expand the drop-down list.
  3. Select the name of the course you would like to access. It is helpful to pin active courses to the top of the list by clicking on the pin icon to the right of the course title.

Class Lists

  1. Review your class list for accuracy under the "communications" drop-down menu.
  2. Email the names and IDs of students who need to be dropped or added to the class prior to the drop and withdraw deadline.

How to Extend a Course End Date

Access to the D2L dropbox is automatically set to end in accordance with M State's academic schedule. Because most high schools are in session longer than the college, you may need to manually change the course end date by doing the following:

  1. Click on "Course Admin"
  2. Choose "Course Offering Information" under the Site Setup heading
  3. Scroll to the middle of the page and change the end date
  4. Save

How Students Access the Course

  1. Students need to activate their StarID. Directions can be found on the Concurrent Enrollment Students web page.
  2. Students will log in to SpartanNet with their StarID and password.
  3. Click on the "D2L Brightspace" button on the left and then select the course listed under "My Courses."

Need Help?

M State's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) is your resource for help on best practices and current trends in teaching, as well as support for all the ways M State makes it possible for students to learn including curriculum delivery resources, technology and teaching tools. For more information, call 218.299.6533 or email

D2L 101 WebEx Recording

On Jan. 17, 2018, M State's Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) hosted a Webex to give CEP instructors an overview of D2L Brightspace. Click HERE to watch the recording of the WebEx training.


Library Resources

The "Library Resources" link can be found at, under the "Current Students" section. Once logged in, the following options will be available:

  • Traditional PALS - M State's online library catalog.
  • MnPALS Plus - An open source "discovery tool", or group of applications working together between the user and the integrated library system to find resources.
  • Net Library - Electronic periodical database. When you choose a database, be sure to select "Full Text" so the entire article will print.

If you have questions regarding the library resources, or would like to schedule a time for your class to visit an M State campus library, contact

  • Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). Minnesota residents' online access to magazines, journals, newspapers, encyclopedia articles, eBooks and other information resources on a vast array of topics. ELM is funded by state and federal tax dollars and the current license covers K-12 media centers. To access the databases, a Minnesota public library barcode is needed.
  • Ask MN. This cooperative of Minnesota libraries is a live interactive chat service that allows Minnesota residents and students to converse with a librarian in real time. The barcode from a Minnesota public library card will need to be entered to access this service.
  • Library of Congress. The nation's oldest federal cultural institution and largest library in the world has millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.


Learning and Study

  • Study Guides and Strategies. Permission is granted to freely copy, adapt, and distribute individual Study Guides in print format in non-commercial educational settings that benefit learners.
  • Literacy Works. This site provides dynamic resources to increase literacy skills.


Multi Subject

  • HippoCampus. The goal of this site is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects. Explore over 5,700 free videos in 13 subject areas. Teachers can create a free account to customize playlists for students.
  • Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
  • Quizlet. Simple tools that let the user study anything, for free. Students define what they need to learn through six different study modes. They can even study with friends or join a classroom.
  • Educational Press. Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards and quizzes.



  • JCE Chemical Education Xchange. ChemEd X hopes to strengthen the community of chemistry educators by providing learning resources and forums for discussion and collaboration through their website. A paid subscription may be needed to access some resources on this site.


English Resources

  • Citation Machine. Its goal is to make it easy for student researchers to cite information sources. Create free citations by using the search tool based on the type of resource used. Copy and paste an essay into EssayCheck to score it for free. The score is based on seven categories: organization, conventions, sentence structure, development of ideas, word choice, style and grammar and spelling.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Free resources for non-Purdue college level instructors and students on the writing process, rhetoric and logic, essay genres and style and language.


Math Resources

  • M State Math Resource: WeBWork. This online homework system for math and science courses is supported by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Access to this resource is free for M State concurrent teachers and students. Contact, to request an account. Download WeBWork instructions below. *Students will need to activate their StarID to log in (see StarID instructions on the top of this page).
  • PatrickJMT. Free math tutorial videos.
  • Khan Academy Videos. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
  • PurpleMath. This site has many free math resources. Some resource links on the site, such as, require a paid subscription.
  • MyMathTest. Testing and placement tools that assess students' strengths and knowledge gaps. Design tests and refresher courses. There is a low-cost 16-week subscription for students to register to practice and review skills.
  • Calculus-help. Free calculus tutorials for students and teachers worldwide.
  • Hotmath. This is a link to the free tutorials for the TI-84. Other features of this site may require a yearly subscription fee.
  • Graphing Calculator Tutorial.
  • Desmos. Desmos believes the key to learning is by doing, and the key to achieve this vision is through their next generation online graphing calculator. It's intuitive, beautiful math and, best of all, it's completely free.



MediaSpace is a cloud based web service developed by Kaltura which facilitates the conversion and distribution of various audio and video media formats. Faculty, staff and students may upload media content to the MediaSpace server which automatically converts and optimizes your media for hassle-free distribution on the web. Once uploaded, MediaSpace will provide links and embed code that you can use to share your media with others. This service is offered to the MnSCU community at no cost.

Log in to Media Space with your StarID and password.

Last modified: December 30th, 2016 at 10:22am