Put an icon that allows profs to email all in the course at once on the PEOPLE page.
Hi Bob Zink
Faculty can already send a message to all students using the Canvas Inbox. I know that it is often not convenient to leave a Canvas course to send a message, so what I do is open the Inbox in another tab (right-click Inbox link, and select open in new tab). This way from wherever I am at in whichever course, I can jump to the Inbox to leave my students a message.
I hope this helps,
I know that it is often not convenient to leave a Canvas course to send a message,
exactly, fix it!
Robert M. Zink
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Hi again, Bob
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Hi Bob Zink...
I will second the suggestion by Kelley L. Meeusen. Using tabbed browsing to have your course open in one tab while having your Canvas Inbox open in another tab is currently the best way to handle this.
Regarding e-mailing all students at once...you can follow the instructions in this Guide: How do I send a message to all course users in Conversations as an instructor? However, please keep in mind that Canvas does not have e-mail. It's called Conversations (or messaging). If you use the Canvas Inbox to send all your students a message, they may not all receive a copy of that message via e-mail. Every single user in Canvas can set their own notification preferences on how they want to be notified about things (including Conversation messages) in Canvas. See How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as an instructor? Further, once users have chosen how they want to be notified about Canvas events, they can choose the frequency of those notifications. So, it is entirely possible that a user may not want to receive copies of messages sent via Canvas to their e-mail address, but rather they want to be notified via text message on their phone. But, someone else may prefer to receive e-mail notifications if they don't do much texting.
Earlier this week, I had an instructor call wanting to e-mail his students from Canvas. For reasons described above, I told him that if he wants to ensure that his students receive an e-mail message from him, he should grab the student e-mail addresses out of our Banner SIS (Student Information System) and e-mail them using our Outlook e-mail client.
I hope this helps to clarify how Conversations and Notifications work in Canvas.
Look, it should be trivial to add an icon to the People page.
and I had no idea how to access all their emails.
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