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Automatic due date reminder notifications

Automatic due date reminder notifications


Please add a notification option (preferably turned on by default) that sends a reminder notification 24 hours before a quiz or an assignment is due, to any student who has not already submitted it.  Currently it is only possible to send these reminders manually.   If there were automatic due date reminders, it would significantly improve my quiz completion rates.

Community Contributor

This is another great feature that Instructure should be looking at to add.  


Hi  @srbrassfield  and  @jrboek . I have some good news. First, an idea just came up for adding the ability to do this manually using the "Message Students Who..." feature," mo.... Second, there is a project in its early stages of user testing right now called Canvas X: Nudge that is aiming to do this very thing and potentially more. Check it out and stay in the loop on that conversation. For now I have marked this idea for voting.

Community Member

This feature would be great to have available.  It would also be nice if we could set the reminders to be more than 24 hours.

Community Participant

Moodle has a great feature where a student can set their own reminder for each assessment task - for 1 day out to two weeks - this would be great to see in Canvas


Community Participant

I would love to see this feature added for our students!

Community Participant

I support this idea. We "sell" Canvas' intuitive and automatic notification system to faculty as a time-saver for them - a "teaching assistant" of sorts so they don't have to send manual announcements. This missing notification is, perhaps, among the most important notification a student could need.

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I can't figure out why, even though I'm logged in, I can't up-vote on this item.    I'm puzzled.   I click on "vote up," I get a spinning candycane pole (or whatever it is called), and then nothing happens.

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Community Participant

Yes, helpful option. But I would add to make it possible for instructors to choose when to have reminders sent. Any number of days before OR after the due date/time. And also how often (such as "every day" or "every 7 days" etc, until submitted). Let instructor select "before" or "after" as well as how often to repeat the reminder.

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I teach with Sakai (LMS) and they currently have a box to check which reads "Send a reminder email 24 hours before the due date" when editing or creating Assignments.  I always check this box and students have commented how much they like this feature.  Does Canvas offer this?  If not, they should!  Saves the time I spend on sending announcements out.

Community Member

they use to have this feature i don’t understand why they removed it

Community Member

I like that idea as well.  For us it would also be helpful to be able to send a reminder after the due date has passed, if the until date is still in the future.  This would remind the student they could still hand in late.  Some customisation of the notification would be a bonus.

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I use the options at top of any assignment column to email "student who... have not submitted". That is still manual reminder AFTER THE FACT (though I could choose to send this at any time, like a day before). And it is entirely customizable.

Though nice to have automated reminders as an OPTION on either instructor or student side.

- Laura Shulman<;


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Community Member

I made another idea request that's related Smiley Happy 

It would be great if students get a notification of the end date for an overdue assignments in some way.  A suggestion is to automatically receive a comment that says "Incomplete assignment will be permanent zero by (end date)" once the system grades an overdue assignment as zero once it has passed the due date.  Currently the system has a function to grade all assignments automatically zero if they are not submitted by the due date but having an extra comment would be useful because students can see in their "Grades" section that an assignment is labeled "missing", grade is zero and the comment will show when they will lose access to submit their work.

Community Member

Possibly add to this a way to also send notifications to parents emails (at least for middle school students). Perhaps it could be a parent email integrated in with Canvas. Not all parents want to be observers and many have complained Canvas is too much, especially when multiple children use it at the same time. Parents just want to now quick, at a glance information,usually sent to them.... 

Community Participant

This feature would be fantastic and eliminate the need for teachers and TAs to manually go in to "message all students." I hope this would be at the assignment level where one can turn off for certain assignments. Additionally, I would expect this to take into account due dates for different students on the same assignment.

Community Champion

Hi Brian Renshaw - did you see the Aug 2019 update on Nudge?  A blog post: 

I agree this would be a great feature and you have good ideas.

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Status changed to: Open for Conversation
Community Member

Automated emails from Canvas reminding students "Hey, just to let you know, you have an assignment/quiz due in 24 hours and you haven't submitted it yet" would be really helpful. It'd even better if students could adjust when they want their reminders (i.e. sent 12 hours before the due date, 2 hours, etc.) and if they want to be reminded for submitted assignments too. The goal would be to reduce the amount of accidentally missed assignments.

The closest feature to this I've seen is notifications when a due date is changed and a new assignment is posted. As a student, this means I have to extra vigilant in knowing all my assignments, which is pretty stressful. 

Community Member

Yes, please. This feature is actually a request that a parent has made. This is not just good for teachers but students and parents too!