Accessing and Starting Your Online Course

Your course will be available on the first day of class and you will need to log-in to your course(s) by the end of the third day of class (first day preferred).

  1. Go to and bookmark My Hawkeye.

  2. Enter your Hawkeye username and password.

  3. Once you are logged in to My Hawkeye, click on the "My Canvas" tab on the right hand side of the page. Your courses will be listed here.

  4. You can access your syllabus in the Resource tab once your instructor makes it available. Read through the syllabus thoroughly for instructor contact information, course information, and assignments, one of which may be a required initial email when class starts.

    Check for course policies and guidelines set by the instructor. Make sure you understand them, if not, contact your instructor for clarification. Be sure to follow the course policies and guidelines throughout the course.

    Check to see if you need to access or install any software applications that will be used during your online course.

  5. If you have questions about how to use Canvas, Hawkeye's online learning management system, click on the Question (?) button on the left-hand side of the navigation panel for the student tutorial resource.

Not attending class is not considered a form of withdrawal and you will still be responsible for paying the tuition and fees for those courses. Non-attendance may affect your financial aid.

Distance Learning

Dean of Online Learning

Robin Galloway
Tama Hall 110A
Email me

Hawkeye Canvas Assistance

Bremer Hall 127
Email us

Canvas Support Hotline


You can also use the Help link found in the upper right corner of Canvas anytime you are logged in.

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