Prepare for Your Classes

Make a smooth transition to online learning and explore these foundational topics designed to help you become acquainted with key systems and requirements.

Technology Requirements

Online students will need a computer, working internet connection and modern web browser to participate in courses. Make sure you have what you need to start your courses with confidence.

Technology requirements

Pathway — Our Student Information System

UMKC Online uses Pathway to help you manage administrative tasks, such as updating your course schedule, checking on financial aid and managing your student account information. Learn more about Pathway.


User ID and Email

Your single sign-on/user ID enables you to access your student email, the Pathway platform, online courses and other resources you'll need during your program.

User ID/Email


The UMKC bookstore ensures that you can find the textbooks you'll need for your classes (in the correct editions). They can even help you sell your books back after you're done.



You will find your courses in the Canvas learning management system.

To access your courses through Canvas, please follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Canvas.
  2. Sign in with your User ID and password.
  3. After signing-in, you will see your Canvas dashboard with your favorite courses listed.
  4. Your dashboard also shows upcoming calendar items and access to view your grades.
  5. The left side of the screen shows the Canvas global navigation. This gives you access to the main Canvas functions, such as your courses, calendar and inbox.
  6. Access a course by clicking on one of the cards in your dashboard or through the global navigation "Course" menu.
  7. Each course has its own navigation menu that gives you access to that course's modules, discussions, grades, syllabus and other features.
  8. The modules section will give you access to the course's resources, assignments, quizzes, pages, etc. for your course.
  9. You can learn more about Canvas from this video.

Contact UMKC Information Services

Email Information Services or call 816-235-2000 for technology assistance.