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Email (message) multiple classes at one time

Email (message) multiple classes at one time

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Instructors often want, or are asked, to share news and information of importance to all our classes.  Currently, that means copying and pasting that information into anywhere from 2-5 different classes.  Given that there is a drop down box for choosing a class to message currently, adding the ability to select multiple classes seems like it would be an easy "fix".  Please add this capability ASAP.
146 Comments
aleverton
Community Participant

I'm confused by your statement, Renee. What exactly do you mean? Has this idea been scrapped or is it in development?

10012475
New Member

Several of us have been asking for this feature for several years. Canvas

used to have that ability in the older version. They put the item to vote

and then they delete it... voting is futile, I gave up

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Audra.  It is neither.  This idea remains in the pool of ideas open for voting.

toddp_nasife
New Member

I think this would be a great idea if it gets through the voting process and is implemented. I work with middle school teachers now and this is one thing that they do not like about using the Canvas Inbox. The idea of having to copy and paste the same message for multiple classes. I like using the Inbox with students because it separates them from my school email. I get so much email on my school account that sometimes student emails would get lost among all the others. Using the Canvas Inbox I know that any message in their is just from my students. Being able to choose multiple classes to message at once would really enhance this feature.

jenniferg_soto
New Member

I think this is a great idea.  Many times I get students that will send me emails regarding mistakes on an answer key that I posted or I get the same question from several students. This would be a quick way to send a message to all my students regarding the issue.  It would save both the teacher and the student time.

ssmith31
New Member

This would be super helpful and save lots of wasted time on copying and pasting!

jenniferg_soto
New Member

I totally agree with you. What a timesaver!

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sdillon1
New Member

I have 88 sections of labs every term and so PLEASE add this feature!!

dorenecom
Community Member

This is an old post but others may be wondering how they can vote. You'll have to log in first and then it will allow you to vote. 

sdillon1
New Member

I have 96 lab sections each fall and spring and when I want to sent an email to all the sections it is not a simple copy and paste 5 times it is an endless waste of time that I have no choice but complete. Needless to say I don't send as many emails to my students as I want or probably should. I don't see this as a luxury item but a very necessary tool to run my classes in the best manner possible. Since we have had hurricanes two years running communication with my students has been very necessary and very painful due to Canvas' lack of a efficient communication application. Please add this tool asap.

britta_burton
New Member

Stephanie et al, I have posted about this several times over the last 2 years and NOTHING. I have a feeling that the developers or people in charge have never actually taught a class, let alone a class with multiple sections. Every other LMS has this BASIC feature. What is the problem????

Steven_S
Community Champion

Stephanie, I agree this is badly needed!

However, if I had 96 sections of the same course, I would ask my admin to create a shared canvas course for all of them.  I do this now for the video linked courses that I teach simultaneously on multiple campuses.  With a shared course you decide which assignments, announcements, emails, etc go to all sections as opposed to any particular subset of sections.  For example, you could send an emails to everyone and create assignments once with due dates set section by section. It would be a huge time saver for you in more than just emails.  You can also grade assignments for all sections all at once, or have your gradebook display only one section at a time.

sdillon1
New Member

Hi Steven,

I was told by our canvas Administration that we cannot set due dates by section in a cohort. You can only set the due dates for the entire cohort. I will ask again if this is possible.

Thanks,

Stephanie

Stephanie R. Dillon

Director Freshman Laboratories

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Florida State University

sdillon@fsu.edu 850-644-0166

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Steven_S
Community Champion

Stephanie, if she says no, keep asking questions here.  I have the ability to assign by section in a course I am teaching right now.  If your admin believes you will not, there is probably a box she needs to click somewhere.  I haven't seen the admin side of how our combined sections are set up.

sdillon1
New Member

Ok thanks.

Stephanie

Stephanie R. Dillon

Director Freshman Laboratories

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Florida State University

sdillon@fsu.edu 850-644-0166

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

principal
New Member

And still, after a meeting evaluating Q3 2019 items to work on, they STILL consider it not worthy of working on.  It seems they really don't understand how unnecessarily time-consuming this is.

ssmith31
New Member

Please let's get this passed!  I have so much wasted time tied up in copying and pasting messages for different sections of the same class!

10012475
New Member

I have sent this idea along with may other people. It has reached hundreds

of votes and they don't do anything. I think it's not worth to spend the

time voting. I did it several times and it doesn't help

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britta_burton
New Member

I believe you're right, Olga. I have come to the conclusion that this voting system is simply to appease the masses but does not garner any actual results. Several ideas I have supported and that had gained more than enough votes have never come to fruition (emailing multiple classes, scrambling quiz answers, ...).

principal
New Member

I have been voting and commenting on this issue for years, but I have also been bugging every Canvas account representative I've had about this relentlessly.  One thing that makes it frustrating for us is that when we signed up for Canvas in 2012, one of the reasons we signed up for it was that students could email anyone in the school, and of course teachers could as well.  Then they took that away and made it so that teachers could only email one class at a time.  Our teachers have many courses, so they may have to copy & paste a message 20 or 30 times -- it's an incredible waste of time.

What I've been told in response to this not having been tackled yet is that it's not just votes that affect what changes are made in the Canvas system; it also has to do with technical issues.  For example, sometimes multiple changes (from idea voting) can be done fairly easily with one code re-write, whereas another one would require extensive changes in other parts of the system (a kind of domino effect) that would make what seems to be a simple change not so simple.  This is an answer as to how such decisions are generally made, not this particular issue.

All this to say, voting is an important part of the process but not the only factor in deciding.  I am glad to see this is finally ranking close to the top 10. Our staff has been desperately waiting for years for Canvas to address this; they can't do it soon enough!