Canvas has a number of ways you can communicate with students. Watch this introductory video where you’ll learn the basics about communicating with your students using Announcements, Discussions, Conversations, Gradebook, and SpeedGrader. Note that the video shows the older Canvas interface. Everything is the same except the Global navigation along the left side replaces the old horizontal navigation across the top.
NOTE: Announcements, Discussions, Notifications and In Box Conversations are covered in our "Canvas Communication Tools" training. Gradebook and Speedgrader are covered in our "Canvas Gradebook" training.
Broadcast an informative message to the entire class with Announcements. Note that for those cross-listing their sections, Announcements will go to all sections you have cross-listed. See the Conversations information below to send messages to separate sections.
Discussions allow interactive communication between you and your students, much like Message Lists in CATE, or Forums in Moodle.
Another important element of the communication process within Canvas is the Notifications function. You can determine when you’ll be notified of events, activities and other actions within your course.
Read a description of each Notification category on the What are the default Canvas Notification Preferences Canvas guide.
Conversations through the Inbox
The Inbox is a messaging tool that can be uses instead of email to communicate with students in a course, a specific section of a cross-listed course, a group or with an individual student.
The Gradebook is designed to allow you to easily input and distribute grades for students as well as notify students when an assignment has been graded.
Speedgrader allows you to view, grade and provide feedback on student submissions.