Use the Inbox to send a message to all users in a course, all users in a specific role, or all users in a group. When an instructor creates and sends a Canvas Inbox message, an email notification is sent to the default email specified in the recipient’s notification settings. All Canvas notifications are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipient can see the entire message content and reply directly from that email, or click a link to go back into Canvas to see and respond to the message. Once the recipient replies, a conversation thread will be created in the Canvas Inbox.
- Once your course has concluded, you cannot send a message to all users.
- Users display in the Inbox once they have an active enrollment in the course, and users cannot access a course unless it is published.
- Emails sent through the Canvas Inbox will appear in your Sent message area. However, when you send a message through the Canvas Inbox, by default, you will not receive a notification email. To enable notifications, edit your Notification preferences and make sure “Conversations Created By Me” is checked for “right away”.
- Currently you cannot send a single message to users in multiple courses. You would need to send one message for each course.
How does Canvas differ from Blackboard?
- As in Blackboard, using Announcements is the still best way to send a message to the whole class.
- There is a ‘sent’ folder in Canvas.
- Emails notification are from “Your Name” <email@example.com> and replies go back to Canvas Inbox.
How to use – Canvas instructions
Canvas offers an in-depth guide on Messages.
104 – Inbox Overview from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.
Best Practices and Accessibility
- Consider using Announcements for communicating to the whole class.
- Messages should conform to the same accessibility standards as all other class content. Use the rich-text editor to check your message for accessibility, and check any attached documents using MS Word’s accessibility checker.