What is D2L?

  • D2L (Desire 2 Learn) is a learning management system where students can access class notes and submit work
  • There are compatible features with Google Apps for Education and Office 365
  • This will give students access to MyBluePrint

How to access D2L?

  • Link: https://hcdsb.elearningontario.ca/d2l/home
  • Your login format is firsname.lastname.3digitsassigned@students.hcdsb.org
    eg: John Smith at St. Mary would be John.Smith.789@students.hcdsb.org
    You can get this from your teacher
  • Your password is the same password you enter for your school account

Lost or forgot your password? Password resets are made through HCDSB Help Desk. Please let your teacher know to get this process started.

To update your password, visit https://adfs.hcdsb.org/adfs/portal/updatepassword/

Please note, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers are strongly recommended. Older versions of Internet Explorer are not supported by D2L.

An Introduction to Navigating D2L Brightspace for Families

Multiple Students using a Single Device

In households where multiple students need to log into D2L on one device, try these options to allow two or more students to be logged in to their classes at the same time.  This will help reduce the number of sign-ins needed and make accessing D2L classes easier and faster for students. 

Option 1: Designate a different browser for each student in your family

The most popular, compatible, and secure web browsers include Google Chrome, the new Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, and Vivaldi.

If students prefer to stay signed in, try designating one browser per student in your family. Below are download links for each browser:


Apple Safari (Mac, iOS only)

Preinstalled on all Mac and iOS (iPad, iPhone) devices

Option 2: Use Private Browsing

If you prefer not to download multiple browsers, try using your favourite browser’s “private browsing” mode in multiple tabs. Click the link to your browser below for specific instructions. Note: with this method, closing the browser/tab will require the student to log in again each time.

Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Mozilla Firefox

Apple Safari



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