UO Online courses rely on several different types of technology to deliver course content. Generally, online students will most frequently be using their UO e-mail and Canvas to communicate with their instructors, but some courses may require additional software or technology.
UO E-mail Accounts
Your UO email address is used for communication with your instructors and peers as well as logging into programs like Canvas. Information about your UO email address can be found on the UO Service Portal.
If you are new to the University of Oregon, you can claim your e-mail account by visiting the Duck ID identity management.
If you previously attended the university but have not accessed your UO e-mail account since August of 2007, you may need to speak with the Technology Service Desk to reset your password.
Canvas (canvas.uoregon.edu) is the course management system used by the University of Oregon and gives you access to your online courses. Canvas enables you to:
- Access course materials for viewing, reading, printing, or downloading
- Participate in discussion boards and live chats
- Receive and submit assignments
- Take quizzes and exams
- Monitor your grades
All the messages your instructors send via Canvas will be sent to your UO e-mail account. You should check both Canvas and your UO e-mail address frequently.
Logging in to Canvas
When logging in to Canvas, your username and password are the same as your UO e-mail account. Use everything before the “@” sign in your email as your username and use the same password.
If your UO e-mail is "johndoe [at] uoregon.edu." Enter "johndoe" as your Canvas username.
Software and System Requirements
- Reliable Internet access is mandatory for online courses.
- Canvas requirements:
- Adobe Acrobat is recommended for viewing PDFs and is available for free download.
- Microsoft Office 365 is available for all UO students for free. Information on downloading the applications is available on the UO Service Portal.
Specific courses may also require additional software or technology such as video cameras, microphones, scanners, and digital cameras. For these requirements, review your course syllabus or contact your instructor.