Step 4: Taking Classes Online

You've been accepted, you've registered for classes, and you've got all of your ISU accounts activated; now you can get on to your coursework!

Getting Started with BlackBoard and Canvas

Online courses at Iowa State are administered through a system called BlackBoard, and soon many classes will feature Canvas. In both systems, students can watch lectures, complete tests, participate in discussions, and more. When you're ready to explore your courses, go to the BlackBoard login page and use your Net-ID to log in. From there, you should see a list of your courses with links to their respective BlackBoard pages. Every course is a little bit different, but you should be able to download your syllabus and explore your course a little. Consider filling out your profile in your blackboard account to help connect with your online peers and create an improved sense of community. Specific course questions should be directed to the instructor, but if you have any issues with BlackBoard itself, please contact us.

Testing and Proctors

Some courses will require tests to be supervised by a proctor. If you are off-campus and your course requires a proctor, go here to find one. If you are on-campus, you have the option of using one of our testing centers. Locations and hours can be found here.


There's plenty of additional resources that you have access to as an Iowa State student that will help you in your online adventure. Learn about them on the next page.