Prepare for your classes

An online student looking at computer with classmates on the screen.

Now that you’re ready to start learning, we will connect you with everything you need, from tools to textbooks. Our goal is to provide you with a simple, smooth experience so you can put your energy into your courses. 

Computer requirements

Computer? Check. Modern web browser. Check. Working internet connection? Check. Once you’ve got the basics, we’ll walk you through a few more details so you can sign in to your courses with confidence.

Student information system

Your student information system is where you turn to handle any administrative tasks. This includes confirming your student account information, checking on your financial aid or updating your course schedule.

User ID/Email

Your User ID enables you to access your email, online courses and other University resources from anywhere with an internet connection. 


Your university’s bookstore helps make sure online students like you can find the right editions of your textbooks, and they’ll even help you sell them back if you choose.


If you have chosen to enroll in semester-based courses, you will find your courses in the Canvas learning management system.

To access your semester-based courses through Canvas please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Canvas.
  2. You will sign in with your User ID and password.
  3. After signing-in you will see your Canvas dashboard with your favorite courses listed.
  4. Your dashboard also shows you any upcoming calendar items and access to view your grades.
  5. The left side of the screen shows the Canvas global navigation. This gives you access to the main Canvas functions such as your courses, calendar and inbox.
  6. Access a course by clicking on one of the cards in your dashboard or through the global navigation "Course" menu.
  7. Each course has its own navigation menu that gives you access to that course's modules, discussions, grades, syllabus and other features.
  8. The modules section will give you access to the course's resources, assignments, quizzes, pages, etc. for your course.
  9. You can learn more about Canvas from this video.

Self-Paced Platform (Mizzou students only)

If you have chosen to enroll in a self-paced course through Mizzou, you will receive an email from with a log on link within two business days after enrolling in the course.

To access your Mizzou self-paced courses please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to the Self-Paced Platform.
  2. You will sign in with your User ID and password. 
  3. After signing in you will be presented with a list of the courses you are currently enrolled in, as well as their beginning and ending dates. Click on the course name you wish to view. 
  4. This is the starting page for your course. You can view your progress, request an exam, view lessons and grades, as well as access your instructor's contact information. 
  5. You can periodically check how you are doing in a course by clicking on the "Check Your Progress" button from the course start page. 
  6. Here you can view submitted lessons, exam scores and grades.
  7. From the course start page you also can request an exam. 
  8. To log off you can click the "Log Off" button from either the progress page or the exam request page. You also may click on "My Courses" and then the "Log Off" button.