Canvas, Communications, and Notifications
Last week we discussed using a Class Email Lists as a way to communicate with all the students in your class. Canvas also has a couple of great tools for communicating with your class: Announcements and Conversations.
Announcements allow you to communicate with your students about course activities and more. As soon as you have created an Announcement, Canvas takes care of notifying students according to their Notification Preferences. Students will see your Announcements when they log into Canvas, when they enter your Canvas course, and outside of Canvas through Canvas Notifications.
Conversations is an email program directly within Canvas. You can start by typing in the name of your course in the To: field or selecting it from the drop-down menu. Canvas will allow you to select the entire class, just students, just teachers, student groups, etc. Students can see Canvas Conversations messages in their Conversations Inbox, and also outside of Canvas according to their Notification Preferences.
As you can see, Notifications Preferences play a pivotal role in where, when, and if you and your students see Canvas Announcements and Conversations outside of Canvas, whether through Facebook, Twitter, SMS (text message), or email. You can access more Instructure Guides and watch an eLearning screencast about Canvas Notifications and how they work with the Canvas’ Announcements and Conversations tools on this page.