A lot of my students rarely check Canvas and therefore do not get the announcements I send. Is there a way to send out pre-set announcements to student emails as well?
Hi Jannet Gonzalez , and Janet Gonzales Welcome to the Canvas Community!
First and foremost, Canvas does have email functionality. It has a messaging system for communication between the users in a course. But, you could simply copy/paste or even type your announcement in a Conversations message to your entire class.
And, there is no way to send an announcement to the student email addresses. While student emails are recorded in Canvas, there is no connection to course content
However, you also said, "A lot of my students rarely check Canvas". Those students would need to still check Canvas for inbox messages, or have their notification preferences appropriately set. As an online instructor, this is one of our real challenges - getting the students into their online classrooms!
Students can set up Canvas notifications so that they get notices in their email when there are new announcements (or lot os other things...seeHow do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student? ).
Canvas doesn't have a lot of options for instructors to email students directly. For the most part, it's handled by the Notification system in Canvas, and it's up to students to decide had they want to be communicated with regarding new stuff (Canvas inbox, email, text message, Student app...)
Jannet, the default notification for both Messages and Announcements is Right Away—so unless a student has changed their preference away from the default, they would receive a notification of an announcement in their external email account of choice.
That said, and for what it's worth, my observation when I was teaching was that students were far more apt to respond quickly to a message than an announcement—so I took advantage of that to (1) post an announcement and (2) copy the link and send it to all students in the form of a message.
Of course, I also had language in my syllabus that held students responsible for keeping track of course developments by reading all of the course announcements, regardless of how they chose to discover that information.
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