I have just published two canvas pages for my two sections of Math 105.
I am trying to send a group email to the students of BOTH sections simultaneously.
Is this possible?
Hi Duane Lee - Assuming your definition of "sections" is the same as Canvas' (meaning one "physical" course site that has two or more sections within it), the answer is "yes"--but be aware that, as the link below mentions, this is a permission that must be enabled by your Canvas administrator. But assuming it is, when you compose a message from the Inbox you can either choose the course number (which will include everyone, including instructors/TAs) or you can select Students and the very first option will be All in Students. That will include all students from all sections. Please review the following documentation page just to make sure: How do I send a message to all course users in Conversations?
Hope this helps!
Hi Duane Lee...
Ken has given you excellent help here! I'd like to clarify the concept of e-mail in Canvas, though. Canvas doesn't call it e-mail...it's messaging (conversations) via the Inbox. By this, I mean that every single user in Canvas can set up various ways that he/she wants to be contacted about various activity in Canvas. This could be via school e-mail, personal e-mail, Twitter, text message, etc. Once a user has determined how he/she wants to be notified about various activities, the user then chooses the frequency of those notifications (immediately, daily, weekly, or not at all ... though the options for Twitter and text messaging are changing slightly next week per these Beta Release Notes: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-8140#jive_content_id_Notifications). So, it's completely possible that a student only chooses to be notified about graded assignments via text message and turns off all e-mail notifications. It's also possible that a student only wants to receive text message notifications about when you send a message to him/her via Canvas.
So yes, what Ken is saying is absolutely correct. Keep in mind, though, that if you do send your students a message through the Canvas messaging system, some of your students may not get the notification via e-mail or may not get it right away. At our Technical College, we tell our faculty that if you want to ensure that all of your students are sent an e-mail, they need to grab the e-mail addresses from their roster in our Banner SIS (Student Information System) and send an e-mail via Outlook.
Here are some Canvas Guides that help explain how to set up contact methods and the notifications for those contact methods:
How do I add contact methods to receive Canvas notifications?
How do I add an additional email address as a contact method in Canvas?
How do I add a text (SMS) contact method in Canvas?
How do I set my Canvas notification preferences?
I hope this helps, Duane!
Thank you, Chris! It's easy to forget about those Notifications! It's funny; I often recommend to faculty to use the Canvas Inbox instead of the system email, only because of the ability of students to add multiple email addresses to Canvas. It's especially an issue for grad/working students, who don't check their student email as often as they should. (But how many students actually even edit their Profile to ADD other addresses is a different story!) And then there's the whole discussion of undergrads never checking their email in any form, to begin with! One can never have enough avenues of communication!
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