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Online Learning

Learn what you want, where you want. Normandale offers hundreds of credit and non-credit courses online. Pursue a certificate or earn a degree with our flexible and accredited online learning options.

You don't need to be on campus to get an excellent education. Study from your home or office and work around your schedule to complete a degree. All that's required is a reliable internet connection.

You’ll enjoy the same curricula, faculty and financial aid as those attending face-to-face classes. Plus, academic and tech support are available.

How Are Courses Offered?

Alongside in-person classes, we offer online courses in the following formats:

  • Online — Synchronous (100% of instruction is online but some meetings and activities will be synchronous)
  • Online — Asynchronous (100% of instruction is online with no in-person or synchronous meetings and no in-person proctored exams)
  • Hybrid (25% to 75% of instruction is online with regularly scheduled in-person meetings)
  • Mostly Online (More than 75% of instruction is online with up to two possible in-person meetings and up to four proctored exams. Proctored exams not included in in-person meetings may be arranged locally. Course may have online synchronous components)

When you search for courses, there is an option to choose your delivery method.


Online courses are delivered via D2L Brightspace, our course management system. D2L includes tools to allow students to:

  • Access course materials
  • Upload assignments
  • Join discussions
  • Watch recorded lectures
  • Take tests and quizzes
  • See your grades

Check out these web resources for more information:

  1. Start learning online
  2. D2L Brightspace Online Learning overview
  3. D2L demo course
  4. D2L quick start guide and videos

Watch Our Video to Learn More About D2L

How to Video: "What is D2L Brightspace, and What is it Used For?”

Search for Credit Courses

Search for courses by delivery method and choose the classes that best fit your schedule.

Continuing Ed/Non-Credit Courses

Take non-credit courses to meet your career goals or explore personal interests!

Aaron is a Normandale student.

"With online learning I can continue to get the quality education Normandale offers while being anywhere. This has been a huge help since I live a bit farther away than some from campus. I can still take my classes from home and get all the time I need with tutors and my professors all virtually."

Aaron Backlund, Normandale Student

Need Help with D2L?

If you need help with D2L, stop by the ITS Service Desk (room L1701, Library Building),  Open a Request or call 952-358-8181 for help during service hours.

Continuing Education also partners with other online service providers, such as Ed2go and UGotClass.

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