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SWOSU Canvas Login Instructions

Canvas Login Instructions

Canvas works best in Firefox and Chrome. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer with Canvas. You can find the browser requirements at the Canvas Help Center.

  1. Point your Browser to https://swosu.instructure.com/, or click on any Canvas link on SWOSU’s website.
  2. Instructors and staff: User ID is your username and password is the same as you currently use to access your e-mail.
  3. Students: User ID is the position of your e-mail address before the @-sign and your password will be the same as you use for your e-mail account.


  • 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. The Canvas instructions advise you to use e-mail as login. This is incorrect for students. Students should still use their SWOSU DawgTag as user ID on mobile devices.
  • If you use the 'Do not know my password' link to reset your password, make sure you enter your @student.swosu.edu (if students) or @swosu.edu (if instructors and staff) e-mail address and check that e-mail account for 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.
  • Reset Canvas Password: The student Canvas Guide demonstrates how to reset your current password.
  • 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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