MSU Digital Learning Platforms

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MSU Digital Learning Platforms

MSU Digital Learning Platforms

There are a variety of platforms you can consider in supporting remote learning for your students. Some are expanded upon in greater detail in other articles and playlists in the MSU Remote Teaching Group. They each offer different affordances for your consideration.  


  • Your platform for learning on-the-go.
  • Podcasts allow you to review workshops and training material while taking a run, walking the dog, etc.


  • Zoom allows you to video conference with up to 300 students at a time by logging into
  • You can use Zoom to join a virtual classroom for lecture, share your screen for group projects and easily integrate your scheduled meetings with calendar integration.
  • Beginning April 1, 2020, all Zoom meetings will require a password in order to access the meeting room.
    • When setting up a meeting using a randomly-generated user ID, Zoom meetings automatically create a password.
    • Meeting creators who use their Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when creating a Zoom meeting will need to manually enter a password in order to schedule a meeting.


  • Holds course materials, communicates course grades, hold discussions with your classmates, etc.
  • MSU sets up every credit-bearing course section at MSU in D2L each semester and enrolls all students.
  • D2L is recommended as the place to find your syllabus, readings, and engage with your classmates online.

YouTube: Your Virtual Tutor

  • Videos facilitate remote learning.


  • Create screen recordings, voiceovers for presentations, podcasts, etc.
  • All students and faculty have free licenses for MediaSpace.
  • You can log in with your MSU NetID to use the resources provided and share with classmates and professors.
  • For tutorials and 24/7 help, please reference Kaltura MediaSpace Help.

Spartan 365

Spartan 365 makes Microsoft Office applications and files available wherever the user goes, on whichever device the user chooses. This platform – available to all MSU staff, faculty, and students – provides remote access to a user’s work and organizational tools and is essential for telecommuters. Programs available through Spartan 365 include Word, Excel, OneDrive, Teams, Outlook, and more.


Spartan 365 is compliant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This means student and health information are protected and onshore data storage is ensured. As part of this agreement, Microsoft will not mine individual data and will only access that data for troubleshooting needs or malware prevention. Spartan 365 customer data belongs to individuals and they can export their data at any time.

Learn more about Spartan 365:

  • How to save your documents to Spartan 365
    • Uploading your local files to Spartan 365 is simple. Microsoft OneDrive is an online storage tool that is available after logging into Spartan 365. This tool is the ideal place to upload documents, spreadsheets, and other files for personal use. Files located on OneDrive can then be shared to other users using links.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a program available through Spartan 365 that allows users to chat, video conference, share files, and collaboratively work on projects. It is one of the most useful tools available when collaborating remotely. Access Teams at or to request a team or learn more about teams, visit Microsoft Teams.

  • Set up a Teams meeting
  • Record your meeting