This idea was considered when developing our product plan for Q4 2019 and is not expected to influence development within Canvas at this time.
This idea will remain open for vote.
If this idea is in the top 10% by vote next cycle it will be reconsidered.
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It would be helpful to be able to email students in an unpublished course so that the instructor has the ability to contact and welcome the students to the course before it begins. This will also provide the students with the ability to ask questions and communicate any concerns with the professors beforehand.