New Staff Onboarding

Welcome to MSU Extension and our Professional Development resources

This page is intended for new employees, and covers how to access important information relative to their employment with MSU Extension.

Online Coursework:

All new employees have two key courses in Desire 2 Learn (D2L), which is MSU's course management system. They should complete both, in this order:

  1. MSU Extension: New Staff Orientation. Complete this course in MSU's course management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). You should be able to log into D2L within days of receiving your MSU NET ID. Email if you are unable to log into D2L. We recommend completing this course in your first month of employment. 
  2. MSU Extension: Essential New Employee Training. Compete this course AFTER you have completed the above course. We recommend completing it within the first 2-3 months of employment. 

Face-to-face Orientation

New employees will also be invited to campus for a two-day New Staff Orientation. (NSO). This should be attended as soon as possible. These orientations are offered four times a year in East Lansing, MI, and the next dates are below:

  • September 10-11, 2019
  • December 3-4, 2019
  • March 11-12, 2020
  • June 10-11, 2020
  • September 9-10, 2020
  • December 1-2, 2020

All new staff will receive an email from MSU Extension Human Resources once registration is open for the next NSO, and you will register at that time.  Until then, just save the date!  For more information, contact Anne Baker