D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is the online learning course management software used and supported by all MnSCU schools, including MState.

D2L Brightspace College-Wide Site Administrator - Lisa Ziegler

Online Resources


Gmail for Students

All M State students are provided with an official email (Gmail) address after they have been admitted. To access your Gmail account, users must log in to SpartanNet and click on the Gmail icon.

Email is the official means of communication within M State. Therefore, the College has the right to send communications to students via email and the right to expect that those communications will be received and read in a timely manner.



GroupWise is the email client software used by M State faculty and staff. The Groupwise email client is available for computers running Windows, Apple/Mac or the Linux OS and will be installed on all M State computers issued to faculty and staff. GroupWise is also available for mobile devices such as Android and Blackberry. If you have questions about GroupWise or have a mobile device you are interested in getting to work with your GroupWise email, refer to the knowledgebase article How to Set-up GroupWise On My Mobile Device, or contact your local campus Computer Help Center.

GroupWise Web Access allows faculty and staff to check their email from anywhere 24/7/365 as long as they have an Internet connection. To access GroupWise on the Web, login to the Employee Portal and click on the GroupWise single sign-on icon.

GroupWise email is archived to a college server and retained/stored for five years. For more information on what Retain is or how to use it, click How to Use Retain.


Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus is available to M State students for FREE. Details on how you can download Office 365 can be found by logging in to SpartanNet, go to Other Resources, click FREE Office 365.

NOTE: Office 365 Pro Plus does not run on a computer using Windows Vista, XP or older OS.

MState Employees are eligible for the Microsoft Home Use Program and the FREE Office 365 at the Microsoft Login page



MoveItSecurely is a secure file transfer solution available to MnSCU employees.

MoveItSecurely will be used to transfer files securely, as the software name implies, and also to transfer large files that are too large to send via email. This system is designed to send files securely to both internal and external recipients and replaces the transfer of sensitive data via email. Sensitive data refers to Social Security numbers, grades, drivers license information, etc. If you are uncertain whether data is sensitive, please use MoveItSecurely. This software is not intended to replace network drives that are currently used to share files among departments or programs. For more information on MoveItSecurely and how to use it, click MoveItSecurely.


Symantec EndPoint Protection

M State has a license with Symantec Corp. to provide its EndPoint Protection software to all eligible students, faculty and staff on the college's campuses. Eligibility: The software may be used on departmental computers and personal computers of students, faculty and staff provided the following conditions are met: on any computer purchased with M State funds and owned by M State and on one computer owned by any current M State student, faculty or staff for personal use.

NOTE: When you are no longer a registered student or your employment with M State ends, you are required to remove the Symantec software. Alumni and retired faculty are not eligible to download or purchase this software as part of the College's agreement.

Students: to download the Symantec Endpoint Protection Software, login to SpartanNet. The software is available for download under the Software Download section.

Faculty and Staff: to download the Symantec Endpoint Protection software, login to the Employee Portal click on Files & Forms, Information Technology, Software.



WebEx is a web conferencing tool available for M State faculty and staff use. WebEx allows users to connect with anyone, anywhere, in real time. It combines desktop sharing through a web browser with phone conferencing and/or video, so all participants see the same thing while they talk.

Users will need a computer or wireless device with an Internet connection, and an audio connection - either through a computer or phone and a webcam (optional).

How to Request a WebEx Account?

Last modified: September 16th, 2015 at 11:11am