Professional Learning Platform
The Department of Education is excited to present sded.sd.gov, our new professional learning platform. Powered by Instructure Canvas, this platform will allow users to register for offerings, participate in learning experiences, and access records of training completed through this system.
With the transition from GoSignMeUp to Canvas/Catalog, be aware that issues may occur and some items may be in early development. Contact your instructor of record, training contact, or relevant DOE office with questions.
Chat with our Canvas support.
If you have not used Canvas and/or Catalog, explore the subsequent resources before reaching out for additional support. For any help with Canvas as a student, consider reading through the Canvas Student Guides or viewing the Canvas Student Videos. There are also guides for instructors, administrators, and other roles, as well as additional community support in the Canvas Community. Help with Catalog is also available through the Instructure Community.
Using the Platform
To access the new platform, follow the instructions below:
- I have a K-12 email account.
- Users who have a K-12 email account will log into the system using the same log-in information they use for their K-12 account.
- Please note that, for the purposes of this system only, K-12 email accounts have automatically been given a MySD account, which will allow you to access State of South Dakota services using a single username and password.
- I do not have a K-12 email account.
If you do not have a K-12 email, submit a request to be provisioned into Instructure Canvas.
You will you need to create a matching mySDaccount, if you don't already have one. This mySD account email and "request to be provisioned..." email must match exactly.
Let us know if you have accidently created multiple Canvas accounts or if your K-12 mail changed recently.
All items are considered "courses" within the platform even if they are webinars, workshops, or conferences. You can search for courses by name and narrow down results via categories. However, not all courses will be visible to everyone. Some courses may be enrolled in via link only. For these, your instructor will need to provide you with the link via email or another method. After finding the course listing, simply click "enroll now."
Some listings are program listings. Programs are collections of courses. After enrolling in a program, you will need to enroll in specific courses within it. This is done through the "Student Dashboard." To access your Student Dashboard, click on your name in the top right and select "Student Dashboard."
To access your courses, click on your name in the top right corner of sded.sd.gov and select "Canvas" from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can go to sded.instructure.com. If you have enrolled in the course and it does not appear within Canvas, reach out to your instructor. If you are able to access the course, but items within the course do not function or pieces are missing, reach out to your instructor.
Every course will have set requirements. These requirements are set within Canvas. Example requirements may be to view a page, complete a quiz, or score a certain amount of points on an assignment. Courses may have multiple requirements. You must complete all requirements for the platform to mark you as having completed the listed course/program.
Once you have met all requirements for a course, you will be able to access the training certificate, and the course will show up automatically on your Catalog transcript. Certificates for individual courses can be accessed through the "Student Dashboard" within Catalog. To download a PDF transcript of all your completed courses within the system, click on "PDF Transcript" in the top right corner of your "Student Dashboard."
Within the platform, each course is worth a set number of points. The number of points represents the number of Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) available to be earned. Some courses may have graduate credit or some other measurement, but these measurements will not be displayed within the platform's interface. Some courses may have multiple listings to accommodate whether the course is being taken for CECH, credit, or neither. Read listings closely to ensure that you are registering for the correct course. If you are unsure of which to register for, reach out to the instructor of record, your training contact, or relevant DOE office.
Vendors and consultants are able to register for and access the platform like any other user. After accessing the platform, you will only have student permission at first; instructor permission is only provided upon request. We recommend that you request instructor permission early on in any project and that you construct courses within our account rather than externally.