Canvas Status via RSS Feed

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There are many ways to read RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication as defined on RSS - Wikipedia) feeds.  You can do so via browser plugin-in, RSS readers, and other news aggregators.  If you want to keep up-to-date on the status of Canvas, you can always visit the Canvas Status page, but you can also get these updates via RSS.  Here are a couple ways that I have set this up on my own PC.

In both examples, the RSS feed you'll want to plug in is:

  • Outlook e-mail client
    1. Click on FILE >> Account Settings >> Account Settings... >> RSS Feeds tab >> New...
    2. Paste in the above URL, then click Add, and then OK.
    3. Within Outlook, a new RSS Feeds folder will be created, and inside that folder you'll see a Canvas Status - Incident History sub-folder.  Any time a new status is shared by Instructure, it will be like receiving a new e-mail in your Inbox...only it will populate in this folder for you to review.
  • Microsoft Teams -- If you utilize this at your school, and if you have the permissions to modify your Team settings, you can set this up for your entire team.
    1. Click on the three dots next to your team name, and select Manage Team.
    2. Click on the Apps tab.
    3. Click on the Go to store button.
    4. Find and click on the RSS item.
    5. You will be prompted to pick which team you want to add the RSS feed.  Click Install.
    6. You will be prompted to pick which channel within the team where you want to add the RSS feed.  Click Set up.
    7. Finally, give your RSS feed a name, add the above URL, and then choose how frequently you'd like to receive your digest.  Click Save.

How do you get Canvas Status notifications delivered to you?

Community Member

I love RSS!

I found out about the RSS for Canvas Status when there was that weird Amazon web services outage a while back. Since I use Inoreader all the time during the school day for monitoring my blog network, it was easy for me to pop the Canvas RSS feed in there too:

inoreader screenshot

Community Member

Thanks for this! Helpful way to keep updated through Outlook


Helpful as always, Chris!  Thank You  for continuing to be a boss and explain things in an ever clear and awesome way. Smiley Happy 

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Community Coach

I had no idea! Thanks

Setting up right now.

About the Author
I've worked at MPTC since January 2001 as Web Specialist in the Instructional Technology department. Basically, I work with our Curriculum department to put courses into Canvas for our faculty. I enjoy playing disc golf, watching movies, playing video games, playing board/card games (Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Splendor, Above and Below, Munchkin, and Exploding Kittens), reading, and being with family and friends. I help volunteer with our Sr. High Youth program at my church and also help with the soundboard and running slides for our Sunday services. I am currently on my fourth Toyota Prius. The first (a silver 2004 2nd Gen) was victim to a flood that came through our area, and water got inside which ruined many of the electronics in it. My second (a magnetic gray metallic 2009 2nd Gen) was totaled in a rear-end collision. I totaled my 3rd Prius (a silver 2011) when I rear-ended someone by accident in town. I now have a 2019 Toyota Prius Limited...and it's awesome!