Learning Technology

VIULearn (powered by D2L)


VIULearn is Vancouver Island University’s learning management system for online courses. Many VIU faculty use VIULearn to enhance face-to-face classroom experiences, offer blended learning opportunities, or teach fully-online courses.

It is important to remember that not all faculty use VIULearn for their courses. This means that you may not see all of the courses you registered for in VIULearn. If you are ever concerned about your course registration, please check your student record.

Five Steps to Getting Started

Online Learning and VIULearn

Step 1: Create your VIU Student Computer Account

If you have difficulty creating your account contact the VIU IT Helpdesk at ithelp@viu.ca or call 250-740-6300 Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm.

Step 2: Access and Login to Desire2Learn

Enter your username (student number) and VIU Student Computer Account password (see Step 1). If you have difficulty logging in to VIULearn contact learnsupport@viu.ca or 250-740-6179 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

Step 3: Access Your Course and Course Content

You can access your courses by clicking on the name of the course once you are logged in to VIULearn.

Step 4: Adjust your VIULearn Account Settings

You may want to adjust your personal VIULearn settings.

Step 5: Accessing the VIULearn Orientation Course

This course will show you how to adjust your account settings, how to navigate to and access course materials, and how to use activities (like Discussions and Quizzes). There is information on how to communicate with your instructors. The course is freely available, with no cost to you, and takes about an hour to complete.

You can find instructions on how to access the VIU Learning Technology Orientation Course on our website. 

VIULearn and The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

If you are unable to login you may not have not created your student account, or your password may have expired (see Step 1).  You also may have just registered in your courses today and the system will update your registration in VIULearn overnight.

If you have difficulty logging in to VIULearn (D2L) contact learnsupport@viu.ca or call 250-740-6179 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

You may also want to review our Student Support Resources page for additional information about VIULearn.


  • Secure spaces for interaction with fellow students and instructors
  • Access content, media, readings, news, grades, deadlines
  • Engage in discussions
  • Build an ePortfolio
Technology for Learning

Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies


Mobile Devices
  • Start your own blog or website
  • Provide reflective spaces/eportfolios
  • Develop media/technical literacies


  • Upload and share video/audio on the internet
  • Record video directly from webcam
  • Uploaded media is private by default and stored locally on campus
  • Embed and share video on websites, VIULearn or social media


  • Synchronous voice and video communication tool

  • Secure platform for all education use cases, including: eLearning, video webinars, and collaboration-enabled classrooms and conference rooms