Getting Started

Getting Started With Your Online Classes

Background Knowledge

To take online courses through Mayville State, you should be familiar with the following:

  • Basic operation of a computer.

  • An Internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

  • Sending and receiving e-mails.

  • Microsoft Word.

  • Access to Computers and the Internet

To complete online courses, you will need regular access to a computer and internet access. High speed internet access is highly recommended for all courses and is required for some courses.

Computer Requirements

Mayville State University is a Tablet PC campus. Online students are expected to have PC access to complete online courses. While Mac users may be able to use some services, Mayville State is not equipped to support Mac only users.

  • Computer Monitor or Display: Online courses will display best at a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and a color depth of Hi Color (16 bit) or greater. The minimum display resolution and color depth are 640 x 480 and a color depth of 256 colors. The recommended display is 1024 x 768.

  • Processor and Memory: A Intel Core 1.06H2 speed PC. Memory should be at least

    2 GB.

  • Audio: A sound card, with speakers or headphones may be required for some courses.

  • DVD Rom Drive

Software Requirements

  • PC with Windows Vista (32 bit), or 7 (64 bit); Mac users must have at least Microsoft Office Suite 2008.

  • Web browsers such as Internet Explorer (Download Here) and FireFox (Download Here).

  • At least Microsoft Office Suite 2007, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Access may also be required for some CIS and Business classes. Note: some CIS classes may require Microsoft Office Suite 2010.

Software Downloads:

Internet Explorer



Flash Player Download

Adobe Reader Download

Internet Access

Distance learners must secure their own Internet Service. Consult local listings for Internet Service Providers. Free access to the Internet may be available at some businesses.

Minimum Requirement: 56Kbs (sustained data transfer rate)
Recommended Service: 256Kbs or higher (achieved via DSL, Cable service, or
wireless services)

Individual Requirements:

  • A willingness to interact with instructors and other students via e-mail.

  • The ability to work from written directions.

  • A time commitment equivalent to taking an on-campus course.

  • The capability of expressing yourself in writing.

Proctor Requirements

Many online instructors require proctored exams and/or quizzes. If required, you will be notified of the need to submit a proctor for approval prior to the start of the semester. It is critical that you submit your proctor for approval at least 10 days prior to the first exam. Click here to access the online proctor form. To change your proctor, click here and submit the change in proctor at least 10 days prior to your exam.

Proctor Criteria

In order to be approved as a proctor, a proctor must be a disinterested professional with a valid business office, business telephone, and business email address. Some examples are:

  • A superintendent, principal or counselor at a public school

  • A high school or elementary teacher

  • A college or university administrator, dean, department chair, registrar or faculty member

  • A professional staff member at a college or university

  • A certified librarian

  • A civil service examiner

  • A judge of a court of law

  • A human resource director or employee development coordinator

  • A military officer or non-commissioned officer of a higher rank

  • A law enforcement officer

A proctor must NOT be:

  • A friend or relative of the student

  • Someone enrolled in the course

  • Someone living at the same address as the student

Your proctor must have reliable Internet access. You may use your personal laptop computer to take an exam at your proctor's place of business. Please note you are not allowed to take your exams in your home or your proctor's private home or residence. You must take your exam at a professional office, school, college or university, library or other business or public institution.

Please note BIOL 220 and 221 students: If using public computers to take exams, it is important to select a proctor where you can run Firefox for use with Moodle to ensure your exams display correctly.

Sometimes public libraries and other proctoring/testing sites will not have Firefox installed on their computers and they may not allow you to download it to their computers. If this is the case, you do have the option to use Portable Firefox. Portable Firefox is installed onto a USB drive and runs from there so that there is no actual download onto the site's computers. Please check with your proctoring/testing site to find out whether you can use this.

To use Portable Firefox:

Important Dates: Add, Drop and Withdrawal Information

Online classes are NOT self-paced. They follow the same Academic Calendar as regular on-campus classes so students should log into class the first day of the semester so instructors know they are "attending." It is crucial that you log into your classes regularly in Moodle to keep up with assignments and any updates or announcements posted by instructors.

If you decide not to continue with your online course, you must contact the Office of Extended Learning immediately to officially withdraw.


MSU Bookstore

How do I purchase books and materials for my online or distance classes?

To purchase books and materials you may visit the MSU Bookstore website at

Click on "Online/Distance" and proceed with ordering your books. If you are new to the MSU Bookstore website, you will need to create a profile before you order. If you have any questions, please contact the MSU Bookstore at 800-437-4104, Ext.  34823 or

Distance Student Orientation

For Current Students:

MSU online and distance students will be automatically enrolled in the Distance Student Orientation so it will be in your "My Courses" list automatically in Moodle. If you have any trouble logging in, please contact Sheena Moe at 800-437-4104, Ext.  34645.

The MSU Distance Student Orientation

  • is optional.

  • was designed for distance and online students to ease the transition into online learning.

  • provides information, resources, and tutorials.

  • helps students be successful in their online coursework or programs.

  • familiarizes students with Moodle, MSU's online learning management system.

This orientation will help you:

  • ensure your computer is adequate for online learning.

  • determine whether your learning style matches those required to be online learners.

  • become acquainted with how to log on and use Moodle.

  • discover the various assistance options available to you as a distance student.

  • find the Distance Student Handbook, Academic Catalog, and other important documents you may need while you are a Mayville State Online and Distance student.

For Prospective Students:

Prospective students will be able to work through the Distance Student Orientation by going to

  1. Click on "Create new account."

  2. Enter the details listed above.

  3. You will be sent a confirmation email to your email account. You MUST confirm your login before you will be able to enter Moodle.

  4. Return to the login page and enter your username and password to login.

  5. If you have problems, contact Sheena Moe at 800-437-4104, Extension: 34645

Email Required

As a Mayville State student, you will be given an official Mayville State email account. It is critical that you are able to frequently access your Mayville State email. Important information about your admission, registration, financial aid, and more will be sent ONLY through your Mayville State email account.

However, you may also receive online class login information and other important information as a new student at the email address you used when applying for admission or registering for courses. Be sure the email account you are using accepts email from Mayville State and be sure to check both your Inbox and Trash/Junk mailboxes in your email account for important email from Mayville State. This is especially important to do prior to the start of an academic term.


Moodle is our online course management system. This is where you will log in to view your courses, see your assignments, submit assignments, etc. If you have a problem accessing your courses or have any other technical questions, please contact the Mayville State University Office of Instructional Technology at 800-437-4104, Extension: 34645. Moodle also provides a Help button available for live, 24/7 assistance.

Your Moodle Username and Password will match your NDUS User ID and Password. If you have not claimed your NDUS account, you must do so before you will be able to login to Moodle. If you have trouble, please contact Sheena Moe at 800-437-4104, Extension: 34645.

To access Moodle, bookmark the following page: For the best results, use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser each time you login.

To download Mozilla Firefox at no cost, go to:


Moodle Login and Password

Moodle usernames are based on the NDUS User ID that you were given in the account claim process. Likewise, your Password will be the same as the one you created in the final step of this claim process. Below is an example:

NDUS User ID: joe.smith.2
Moodle Username: joe.smith.2

NDUS Password: Comets2011
Moodle Password: Comets2011

Once you are logged in, simply hover over the "My Courses" heading on the blue title bar. All of the courses you are enrolled in will be listed. To go to the course page, click on the name of the course in that list.

Check your user profile when using Moodle for the first time. To review your profile, login to Moodle and click on your name in the upper right corner.

Check your email address by clicking the "Edit Profile" tab at the top of the screen. It is recommended that you update your email address to your Mayville State University email address so that you receive all important course information in one place.

Remember to save all changes prior to exiting.

Other Questions?

The Office of Extended Learning is here to help you! We want your experience with online and distance education to be rewarding and enjoyable, and we look forward to working with you toward achieving your academic goals.

Please view our Distance Student Handbook to familiarize yourself with the various resources available to you as a Mayville State distance student. In this handbook, you will find information on accessing the services, offices, forms, and other resources you will need while a student with Mayville State. There are also a number of tutorials to help you use Moodle, email, and Campus Connection.

Please contact the Office of Extended Learning at 800.437.4104, Ext.  34667 for answers to any questions on getting started with your online and distance classes.