Common announcement to all my classes

i teach five different classes (classes, not sections! ) and I have an announcement to make to all my classes. Currently, the only way seems to be - make the announcement five times, once in each class.


Shouldn't I be able to make it once, for all my classes?

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Community Novice

Yes! Need this. For sharing campus wide announcements with all 140 of my current students (in 3 different courses) at once.

Community Member

This would be a function for the Instructor to notify all of their classes and/or sections with one announcement. Rather than having to go into each classes and copy/paste or rewrite, you could write one email to say something like:

  1. My power is out
  2. I am sick so offline for the day [week, etc]
  3. I am available for video conferencing now
  4. all gradebooks up to date
Community Participant

Please move this up and help us be able to work efficiently!

Community Member

Hello Canvas people! (Anyone actually monitoring these?)

Six years since this was first raised! Five years since you combined it with an earlier thread! Over a year since similar functions were debuted for other features in the LMS. A semester since I last commented on the pressures of COVID teaching dramatically increasing the need.

With a colleague out this term, I have 8 sections going at once. This is absolutely an essential time saver.

[Crickets chirping....]

Anyone have the email of the CEO? Maybe we need to go to the top of the pile?


Community Member

Thumbs up to  comments from hdicarlo    and    kmstewart

7 years in/on the pile. -Hmmmm.


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Community Member

I would like the option to add different sections with different delay times (or even more simplistic, the option to duplicate an announcement so I can just edit the information).

For instance, I upload my answers to homework to Announcements and have the announcement delayed until just after the homework due date/time, so students have to turn their homework in before having access to the answers.

However, having block schedules this year means I need the option for different delay dates for different days. This would more or less be like the assignment options where you select the different sections and due dates.

This would be SOOO helpful!

As of right now, I have to create 2 announcements for each day of our block schedule, and upload my PDF of answers twice! There must be a better way!

Community Participant

Yeah, come on already... This is ridiculous


Community Member

This would be great - esp. if it weren't binary:  can we create announcements outside the course shell and then click boxes for the appropriate classes (one, several, or all) to broadcast it to?

Community Novice

My university is considering switching from Blackboard to Canvas and I'm on the evaluation team.  I was playing around in my sandbox account and trying to find a feature to send announcements to multiple courses and couldn't find one.  A google search brought me here and I am stunned to learn that this feature is not available in Canvas.  (There is a real easy way to send pick and choose which courses I want to send an announcement or email to in Blackboard and it would be very annoying to lose this feature if we switched to Canvas.)

I also was under the impression that Canvas was quite responsive to users (and certainly more responsive than Blackboard), but given that it has been years since people first requested this feature (which can't be THAT hard to implement) I am not certain that my initial impression was correct.

Is this feature going to be added to Canvas in the near future?

Community Participant

Please add this functionality! Combining sections is not a viable alternative. Sometimes I have to post the same announcement to my Algebra course and my Calculus course.

Community Member

Canvas should have the capability of posting like announcements across courses.  This is done with a simple checkmark on Google.  

Community Member

Please, please add this functionality.  According to the thread, requests for it began in 2015.  Is this feature going to be added to Canvas in the near future?

Community Member

I would like to activate this conversation again.  This would be a great feature for teachers.  here is a school that created a locally developed tool to make it work for them:

Community Member

It would be great if we had the ability to post announcements to multiple courses please.

Community Member

I'm very much interested in this feature! Apparently Multicourse Announcements is already a feature in Canvas, but only for admin users, not for teachers. I have to imagine this would be SUCH A SIMPLE fix! I would absolutely like the ability to make one announcement when I'm running late to office hours, or about an internship opportunity, etc.! 

Community Team
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Status changed to: Archived


Our Product Team reviewed some of our oldest feature proposals recently, and this thread was identified as one that they would not be able to include in their current or future plans. While we appreciate your proposal, we also want to be transparent about the likelihood of something like this making it to production.

The Product Team currently focuses on the Discussions Redesign as a prioritized response to customer feedback. As such, they don't have plans to make updates to Inbox within the next year. With the transition to data-driven design, we are in the VERY early stages of investigating improvement opportunities and have noted this feedback. We will continue documenting/researching trends/patterns for future updates.