Prepare for Online Classes

Before you start your first online course, make sure that you have the following preparation done:

VIU Student Email

VIU Student email

After you are officially admitted to VIU as an online student, you will receive a message in your personal e-mail address with instructions and a password for your VIU student email account. Login to your email at ( and change your password.

Please use your VIU provided email for all communication with VIU offices. Remember to setup your VIU email account to your smartphone for easy access to your email messages.

Online Student Technical Requirements

Minimum Technical Requirements

Make sure that you meet the minimum internet access, hardware and software requirements. Your success depends on your technology infrastructure and your basic computer literacy knowledge. For further details, please see the Technology Requirements page.

Canvas Login

Canvas Login

Our eLearning platform is Canvas. You will use Canvas for accessing course material, submitting assignments, and communicating with instructors and classmates online. Canvas uses the same credentials with Student Portal. Download a step-by-step instruction (PDF) for logging into Canvas.

Online Textbooks


Learn how to order your textbooks. You can either purchase a physical book or its digital copy. You can also rent your textbook. Communicate with your instructor for textbook requirements. Our virtual book store is accessible at