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D2L - Which login method to use? (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Which login button should you choose on the Learn@UW homepage?

When you visit the Learn@UW login page, you will be presented with the following login options:

Dashboard Login

If you are a UW student, faculty, or staff member and have a UW-Madison NetID:
  1. Click the UW NetID Login button.
  2. Enter your UW NetID and password on the common NetID login screen.

If you are NOT a UW student, faculty, or staff member with a UW NetID and have been given a D2L visitor account:
  1. Click the D2L Visitor Login button. 
    • "D2L Visitor" accounts are generally given to non-UW people including visiting instructors, outside collaborators, and many participants in non-credit UW courses. Additionally, some people have been given Visitor accounts to use as a generic group account or as a "pseudo-student" (for testing purposes). 
  2. Enter your visitor username and password in the box that appears in the middle of the screen, then click the Login button. Note that javascript must be enabled to log in and use Learn@UW.
For more information about UW NetID, please see: To learn more about Learn@UW visitor accounts or to request one, please see:

Keywords:learnuw learn@UW d2l login logon netid visitor visitors account accounts non-credit continuing studies log on in   Doc ID:8239
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2008-09-21 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:20 CDT
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