Student Resources

OTTL has organized a variety of resources to help students be successful learners. There are tips for being a successful online student, resources for D2L/LIVE, and student guides for the various technology tools Wilkes faculty use for teaching and learning. We’ve also provided a list of apps you can use to help you organize, manage or participate in your classes.

There are a variety of things students can do to set themselves up for success as an online learner. Follow these tips to help propel you towards

Here's a Getting Started video playlist from D2L BrightSpace covering all the important components of working within D2L/LIVE. Individual videos cover navigation, account settings, profile, notifications, manage your calendar, content, discussions, quizzes, assignments, groups, class progress, and more! 

Visit the Learners page to find helpful documentation and search for topics.

Important features in D2L/LIVE

Notifications -

Email forwarding - 

Learn about D2Ls Pulse app and how to access your courses on the go.  


Panopto - watching course videos and video assignments
Lockdown Browser and Monitor Student Guide
Virtual Classroom
Video Assignments 

Brightspace (D2L) Pulse - Learners can download Brightspace Pulse from any global Google Play store or Apple App Store.

Scanning apps for submitting atypical assignments like math homework

  Microsoft Lens (available for both platforms)

Academic and Related Apps/Sites

Kahn Academy:  (various topics on main page so students can easily navigate)
Cliffnotes: helps explain texts after reading, and also holds all audio books
Mathway: math problem help (various topics) 
Chegg: A website used for book rentals

Study Aid Apps/Sites

Study Blue: Flashcards and other learning tools
Quizlet: Flashcards and other studying tools
MyHomework: Student planner to track assignments and more
Studious: App for Google and Apple store that helps keep track of tests, quizzes, assignments and more. 
SelfControl: A computer app that lets you lock distracting websites for a set amount of time so that you can focus on school work. It will not unlock them even if the computer is turned off and back on again or if the app is reset.

Writing Support

Grammarly: Grammar for emails, papers and more.
EasyBib: Create bibliographies for papers.
English Grammar:
Guide to Grammar and Writing:
Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab  
Harvard University’s Writing Center: Strategies for Essay Writing

Document Storage Apps/Sites
Google Drive: Store any file and access it anywhere

Google Docs: Edit documents online, on a phone, and collaborate with others
Evernote: for note taking, organizing, task lists, and archiving
Dropbox: A cloud site to save files and access them from anywhere
Scribd: (costs money after 30 day free trial) internet library that holds documents and books related to college studies