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After you have successfully registered for a class, you’ll be able to access your coursework by logging into Canvas.

Canvas is IU's learning management system (LMS). Canvas includes your assignments, discussions, announcements, quizzes, and syllabus, as well as enhanced tools and features for communication, collaboration, and assessment.

You can log into Canvas using your IU user name and passphrase. Access Canvas from a web browser (on a computer, smartphone, or tablet) or via the mobile apps distributed by Instructure.

The Canvas Student Guides provide excellent how-to information for the Canvas learning management system.

Canvas Requirements

In order to use Canvas properly, it is recommended to have a computer/laptop with the following specifications.

Screen size = 800x600 minimum; if viewing on a smaller screen it's recommended to use Canvas mobile app (available on iOS and Android)

PC Operating System

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

Mobile Devices

  • iOS7 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • At least 1 GB RAM
  • 2 GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Minimum 512kbps

Note: These are the minimum specs


High Speed Internet Connection; many courses use audio and video components that benefit from high speed internet connections


You may want to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access Canvas to avoid technical issues due to firewalls and filtering on your local network.