Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn (D2L) is Michigan State University’s centrally supported Learning Management System, which provides the platform and tools for online and web enhanced courses at MSU. Browse ICER's course offerings below and check back later for new upcoming courses. 

Experienced learners can use a test-out option to demonstrate their level of knowledge and move immediately into more advanced application-based courses. If you would like to try the test-out option, please email Dr. Laura Harris (training@msu.edu) for more information. 

(*) indicates that a course is open to the public! Learners without an MSU ID can create a guest account and email Dr. Laura Harris (training@msu.edu) to request enrollment in the desired course(s). 

ICER Core Courses: 

NOTE: Certificate of completion with swag earned if these 5 courses are successfully completed as defined by quiz scores at or above 80% and submission of functional project assessments. 

  1. ICER HPCC Resources and Concepts
  2. ICER's OnDemand Resources
  3. Introduction to Linux Using ICER's HPCC
    Required: Completion of ICER HPCC Resources and Concepts 
  4. Introduction to ICER's HPCC 
    Required: Completion of Introduction to Linux Using ICER's HPCC 
  5. ICER's DMZ Globus Training 

ICER HPCC Resources and Concepts

In about one hour, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces resources provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) at Michigan State University including ICER's High Performance Computing Center (HPCC). No prior knowledge is required for this course but you will need a free ICER account. You will need an MSU NetID to get an ICER account. Instructions to get an ICER account are included in this course.

ICER's OnDemand Resources

In less than an hour, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces OnDemand Resources available to utilize the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) at Michigan State University. No prior knowledge is required for this course but you will need a free ICER account to access OnDemand. You will need an MSU NetID to get an ICER account. Instructions to get an ICER account are included in this course.

Introduction to Linux Using ICER's HPCC

In around four hours, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces how to utilize the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) at Michigan State University using Linux. You are expected to have completed the free one hour ICER HPCC Resources and Concepts course in D2L prior to starting this course.

Introduction to ICER's HPCC

In around three hours, this non-credit, self-paced training course completes your introduction to utilizing the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) at Michigan State University using Linux. You are expected to have completed the free four hour Introduction to Linux Using ICER's HPCC course in D2L prior to starting this course.

Installing Anaconda on a Personal Computer (*)

In less than 30 minutes, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces you to Anaconda and its applications. The course includes a walk-through of Anaconda installation. No prior knowledge is required for this course. Instructions to get Anaconda for free are included in this course.

Jupyter Notebook Basics (*)

In less than an hour, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces you to Jupyter Notebooks and demonstrates how to use notebook features. The course provides example notebooks and a project where you create your own notebook, which is reviewed by a real instructor. No prior knowledge is required for this course but you must have access to Jupyter Notebook. Links to other free, self-paced training courses in D2L are provided to help you get access to Jupyter Notebook through either ICER's OnDemand website or installing Anaconda on your personal computer.

Bioinformatics Analysis of mRNA Expression Data using Gene Signatures (*)

This non-credit, self-paced training course introduces Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA) and walks participants through how to perform a bioinformatics analysis on gene signatures employing GSEA to identify genes of interest. Participants will verify identified gene sets using a random model then perform a meta-analysis to prioritize genes in identified sets. No prior programming knowledge is required for this course. The course includes instructions to install and use any specialized software, but due to the high intensity computations required, we strongly recommend you utilize the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) at Michigan State University. To access ICER resources, you will need an MSU NetID to get a free ICER account. Instructions to get an ICER account are included in this course.

ICER's DMZ Globus Training

In less than one hour, this non-credit, self-paced training course introduces MSU's demilitarized zone (DMZ) and how to transfer large files using Globus to endpoints such as the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER). No prior knowledge is required for this course but you will need a free ICER account. Instructions to get an ICER account are located in ICER HPCC Resources and Concepts.