Online Learning

Online Learning

Online learning is designed for students who need a convenient schedule and flexibility.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers several programs and courses online. Anoka-Ramsey also offers the most online course credits of all two-year colleges in the State of Minnesota system! 

Online credit courses follow the traditional semester schedule and offer the same coursework as an on-campus course, but provide flexibility for completing the work via the internet.

If you are a current student, you can access your online courses through our online course management system D2L Brightspace. This site also provides tutorial information for using it.

  • Online courses are delivered with one or less on-campus meetings. Some courses may require exams to be proctored either on-campus or other proctor location.

    Hybrid or blended courses are a combination of both on-campus classroom meetings and online coursework. They will have fewer meeting times than a traditional classroom course, but will require students to review course materials, participate in discussions and complete assignments via the internet. 

  • SmarterMeasure will let you know where you’re ready and where you’re not—plus offer resources to help! Spend approximately 30 minutes completing the assessment. Upon completion, print a customized report that addresses your strengths and areas for improvements. Use the report for advising and planning sessions.

    Email D2LHelpDesk@anokaramsey.edu for the username and password for SmarterMeasure.

    Access the SmarterMeasure website.


    Can you log in to your online course via D2L Brightspace?
    You will not see your courses until the course start date and until your instructor makes them active. Most instructors expect you online immediately—even if you have an in-person session later that first week. Note: Your username will be your StarID and your password will be the StarID password. If you have not activated your StarID and password, go to StarID Identity and Access Management to do so.


    Have you activated your official college email account?


    Have you bought your books?


    What days, if any, do you meet in-person?
    Find your course in the course schedule. Look at both the meeting times and the NOTES (click on the course title and scroll down).

    • Email D2L Brightspace questions or call the Information Technology department at 763-433-1510.
    • Visit the IT Helpdesk on the Cambridge Campus (F207) or Coon Rapids Campus (T124).
    • Attend a D2L Brightspace training session held at the beginning of each semester.
    • Email or call your instructor if you have questions about the specifics of your course (your instructor’s name is listed in the course schedule).

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