Faculty Accessing Canvas

How do I log into Canvas for the first time--what will my username and password be?

Your Canvas username is your full 8 digit SWOSU DawgTag. (SWOSU refers to FL123456 as your “DawgTag”).  Your “DawgTag” will be comprised of the first initial of your first name + first initial of your last name + your SWOSU ID#.  You can contact the ITS Help Desk (580-774-7070) if you are still unable to locate your SWOSU DawgTag. 

Initially, the password will be set to the SWOSU default for faculty. The username is not case sensitive but the password is. It’s highly recommended that the password be changed the first time you log in to Canvas. You may change your password by clicking on Settings, Edit Settings, and select Change Password.

Some tips: the first time you log into Canvas, do not click on the "Don’t know your password?" link, that is for users who have already logged in at least once, changed their password, and then forgot or lost their new password. Also, avoid typing any spaces as you enter your username and password. Canvas will count those spaces as part of your username or password; so typing your password plus a space counts as a different password.

Your Canvas account is automatically activated and available when you teach for SWOSU; instructors automatically receive a Canvas course shell for each course they are teaching. Students are automatically added to Canvas courses when they register. For non-traditional (auxiliary) courses employees need to contact ITS (580-774-7070).

What are my SWOSU DawgTag / Password for logging into Canvas?

Your Canvas username is your full 8 digit SWOSU DawgTag. (SWOSU refers to FL123456 as your “DawgTag”).  Your “DawgTag” will be comprised of the first initial of your first name + first initial of your last name + your SWOSU ID#.  You can contact the ITS Help Desk (580-774-7070) if you are still unable to locate your SWOSU DawgTag. 

Initially, the password will be reset to the SWOSU default for faculty. The username is not case sensitive but the password is. It’s highly recommended that the password be changed the first time you log in to Canvas. You may change your password by clicking on Settings, Edit Settings, and select Change Password.

How can I help my students find their SWOSU DawgTags so that they can log in to Canvas?

Students, like instructors and staff, must use their full 8 digit SWOSU DawgTags as their "username" for logging in to Canvas. If you are a SWOSU instructor teaching a current course and your registered students are not sure what their SWOSU DawgTags are, you can tell them that their  “DawgTag” will be comprised of the first initial of their first name + first initial of their last name + your SWOSU ID#.   

How do I reset my password if I've lost or forgotten it?

If you've previously logged in to Canvas successfully and changed your password so that it's no longer the default password or you lose or forget your password, then click on the "Don’t know your password?" link on SWOSU's log-in page for Canvas. Instructions for resetting your password will be emailed to your SWOSU email account. Please see this tutorial for more details on how to change your password to a password of your choice.

I know my password--how do I change it or otherwise update my profile in Canvas?

Please see this tutorial for more details on how to change your password to a password of your choice.

By clicking on the link with your name in the upper-right corner of the Canvas interface once you've logged in, you can:

  • add a profile photo
  • adjust Notification preferences--what kinds of activities in Canvas will prompt it to send you messages, and how you prefer to receive those messages
  • upload files
  • create ePortfolios
  • input or change phone numbers, email addresses, social media information, notification preferences, and other profile information in Canvas. Please note: your principal email address will remain your SWOSU email address. You can add a secondary email address to your profile.
  • You can link your accounts from Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Google, LinkedIn, Diigo, and Delicious to Canvas, and you can choose to receive alerts on your cell phone from Canvas too!

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