how do I email my students
Hi Julie and welcome to the Community! The most accurate answer is that you cannot email students in Canvas because Canvas does not have a true email system, like Google Mail or Outlook. You can send a message to your students through Canvas using Conversations (the Inbox). These documents describe Conversations.
How do I use the Inbox as an instructor?
How do I send a message to a user in a course in the Inbox as an instructor?
Conversations are similar to email messages, but as the documents describe there are some important differences between the two. At some institutions such as mine, notifications are set up so that messages sent through Canvas are automatically forwarded to a user's default Outlook account as well. This may be the situation at your institution or it may not be.
I hope this helps and best wishes!
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