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 learning 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. 

  • For Anoka-Ramsey students only

    SmarterMeasure helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses which might impact their success in hybrid or online courses.  SmarterMeasure is a diagnostic tool used to gauge the likelihood of success for students participating in online education -- plus offer resources to help!.  This readiness indicator assesses and interprets seven areas that include Life Factors, Individual Attributes, Learning Styles, Reading Rate & Recall, Technical Competency, Technical Knowledge, and Typing Speed & Accuracy.

    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.

    Will you be successful online?  Answer five questions and find out!

    1. Are you ready for online learning? Take the SmarterMeasure assessment!

      Email or contact your instructor for the Username and Password.

      Log in as “First Time User” to SmarterMeasure at

    2. Can you log in to D2L Brightspace and access your online or hybrid course?
      Your online and hybrid courses will open at the course start date AND when your
      instructor makes the courses active. Go online the first day even if you are taking a hybrid
      class that meets in-person later that first week.

      If you haven’t yet, activate your StarID at

      Go to the D2L Brightspace login at  Look at all resources available
      to you!  Log in to D2L Brightspace:  StarID:  <Your StarID>   |   Password:  <Your StarID password>

    3. Have you initialized your official college email account through Microsoft Office 365?
      Go to

    4. Have you ordered your books?
      Go to

    5. What days, if any, does your class meet in-person?  Find your course in the course schedule.
      Go to  Look at the Meeting Details and Notes sections by clicking on the course title.


    • For D2L related questions, email D2L Brightspace.
    • For other technical questions:
      Email IT Helpdesk
      Call 763-433-1510
      Visit the IT Helpdesk on the Cambridge Campus (F207) or Coon Rapids Campus (T124).
    • Attend a D2L Brightspace training session at the start of the semester.
    • Find your course in the course schedule.
      Look at the Meeting Details and Notes sections by clicking on the course title.
    • Contact your instructor for questions about the course or if you are having trouble accessing specialized software.

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