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SWOSU Canvas Login Instructions

Canvas Login Instructions

Canvas works best in Firefox and Chrome. Canvas does not support Internet Explorer. You can find the browser requirements at the Canvas Help Center.

  1. Point your Browser to https://swosu.instructure.com/.
  2. Log in via Single Sign on.


  • Passwords are case-sensitive. Make sure you do not have the caps lock on when you type your password.
  • On mobile devices you will not see the SWOSU specific logo and instructions.
  • If you are unable to login or reset your password, e-mail distant@swosu.edu and include your @student.swosu.edu e-mail address and SID.
  • Not all instructors use Canvas. If you are a student and do not see your courses listed, please check with your instructor to make sure they are using Canvas.
  • What is the Canvas Dashboard: This explains the dashboard navigation layout in Canvas.
  • The Global Navigation Menu: This explains the navigation menu, also known as the Global Navigation Menu. The Global Navigation Menu is located on the left side of every page in Canvas. Global Navigation links provide quick access to frequently used Canvas features. These links provide access to all your courses collectively. Default links include the Dashboard, Courses, Groups, Calendar, Inbox, User Account and the Help menu.
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