What is Canvas?

Canvas is a Learning Management Systems (LMS) used by Iowa State University. The courses you are enrolled in will likely use this online course content delivery systems. For most online students, this will be your primary way of participating in your courses. Through Canvas, you may submit your assignments, view your grades, take tests, possibly watch lecture videos, and communicate with your instructor either through email or through discussion boards.

Getting Started

Step 1: Login

Log in to Canvas with your ISU Net ID. Check with your instructor if you have questions.

Step 2: Select Course

Select the course you are interested in accessing from your dashboard.

*If you cannot see your course, contact Engineering Learning Online:

Step 3: Locate Important Course Information

Things to look for:




ISU_red_checkBoxLecture videos (if offered)

ISU_red_checkBoxLecture notes (if offered)











Where to Get Help

For administrative support contact
For tech support contact


For extended support, go to the Help menu in Canvas to contact the Canvas support line or Chat.