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Getting started: Online preparedness 

What to do now that all my courses are online because of the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of your New Mexico Tech courses for the rest of the semester will be offered online and accessed through Canvas. If you are enrolled at Tech and have a Tech ID (a 9-digit number starting with "900") and a Tech email address (in the format, you can log into Canvas by going to

If you do not already have a Canvas password (separate from your email, Banner or library passwords) use your Tech ID as your login and your birthdate (yyyymmdd) as your password.

Note that a course for which you have registered may not immediately appear in Canvas because the instructor has not yet published it. If the semester has begin and it is still not published, please contact your instructor.

  NEW   View our frequently asked questions on distance education

 What are the technological requirements for distance education courses?

What characteristics do you need to become a distance education student?

  • You should have a basic understanding of how a computer works.
  • You should be a self-motivator; you may not receive as many prompts from the instructor to turn assignments in on time.
  • You should not be shy about asking questions: What may be clear to students attending a live lecture may not be as clear to a distance education student.
  • You should be ready to take as active a role in the class as possible: view live lectures in real-time if possible in able to ask questions or make comments using text chat or microphones and cameras. Lectures are also available in recorded format if your schedule does not allow you to attend in person.