Current ISU Student

Getting Started Checklist

Online courses are different from on-campus courses, from the delivery of the content to submission of exams and homework.  If you are a current Iowa State University student taking online courses, you may find our checklist and resources below helpful to help guide you through your online learning experience.

Confirm your registration
Confirm your registration After submitting your application and registration, new students will receive a registration confirmation letter via mail containing your University ID number and password to login to AccessPlus. If you register for courses within 5 days of the beginning of your course, you will receive these letters via email.

Existing students should verify their registration in AccessPlus.

Review your academic resources
Iowa State University has many resources available to online students to make the online learning experience a positive one. Making yourself familiar with these resources will allow you to easily find the resource you need when you need it. Some examples would be making schedule changes and using the Parks Library, Career Services, and the Veterans Center.
Test your computer
Prior to the beginning of your course, you should test your computer to ensure you have the proper set up for your online course.

Taking your course
Approximately 10 days before your course begins, you will receive a welcome message with specific information about your online course, including accessing the content, instructor, and schedule change information. Most courses are accessed via Canvas, however there are many ways to take an online course.

It will be helpful for you to review the information in this link to help you better understand important information about online courses.

Get a proctor
Many online courses require that exams and quizzes be proctored. If you are on campus you can utilize the testing centers. If you are off campus you will need to find an off-campus proctor. It is very important that you identify your proctor early.

Do not wait until the week of your exam to go through the process of having your proctor approved.

Purchase textbooks
Required textbooks can be found at the University Bookstore. If using another vendor, please check your syllabus for the correct textbook information.
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Get Involved
There are many opportunities as an online student to get involved and connected with the University and learn about the culture and traditions that makes Iowa State University unique.

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