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Canvas has many tools for communicating with your students.


Announcements are used to communicate with students about the logistics of your course. Use Announcements to:

  • Remind your students what they need to accomplish to stay on track.

  • Point students to internal and external resources that will help them achieve course Outcomes.

  • Leave a message for the entire class with video or audio comments.

  • Celebrate student success and important events that may be of interest to your students.

  • Feed a custom RSS feed related to the topic of the course to your students.

  • Automatically share blog posts written by your students on Wordpress, Blogger, etc. with custom RSS feeds.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use Announcements, visit:


Conversations is the messaging tool used within Canvas instead of email to communicate with a course, a group, an individual student, or a group of students. You can communicate with other people in your course at any time. To access your messages, click "Inbox" in the top right corner of any page of a course site.

Use Conversations to:

  • Send a message to someone in your course or group
  • Reply to messages from others in your course
  • Filter conversations by course or type
  • View and reply to assignment submission comments

You can adjust your notification preferences to receive conversations using external channels.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use Conversations, visit: h

Course Emailer

The Course Emailer can be used to send email to an entire class or a class section using your default email client (like Outlook) instead of the built-in messaging system in Canvas. The Course Emailer also displays the individual email addresses of class members.

This tool may be a good option for teaching staff who are more comfortable communicating via email or who want to keep all of their correspondence within their own email client.

More information about the Course Emailer

The Course Emailer may not be available in your course; if you would like to have it installed, please contact your local academic support staff
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