First Time Online?

Student Registration

Students register for online classes through the UIS Office of Records and Registration. Application for admission to UIS is a requirement for all courses at UIS. The time it takes to be admitted to the University varies for each student depending up prior education, residency, and other factors.

Learning Management System

The learning management system at UIS is changing from Blackboard to Canvas. Canvas is the preferred learning management system at UIS starting Summer 2020 and most courses will be taught using it.  Instructors may opt to use Blackboard for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. Course sites officially open at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of classes each semester.

A Canvas course site is created for every course taught at UIS, though if an instructor is choosing not to use it. Canvas can be accessed at  Students enrolled in courses that are using Blackboard instead of Canvas will receive notices to check Blackboard instead upon entering the course in Canvas. Blackboard can be accessed at You may also go to the UIS Home Page and click on “Quick Links” to access either Canvas or Blackboard. Your UIS Campus NetID username and password are used to access either Canvas or Blackboard.

LMS Support

If you experience problems logging into Canvas or Blackboard, contact the UIS Tech Support staff for further assistance.

Canvas student support resources and brief text and video tutorials on Blackboard are available.