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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.
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kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

To close the loop, here's the link to a similar feature idea that was recently archived -

emalates
Community Participant

Thanks, I had seen that one.  Now, how do I vote?  🙂   I plan to notify my colleagues and hope others will as well.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

The original FI idea has already closed to voting because it didn't get enough votes. For this idea, it's in the "new submission" stage. If it's cleared to the next stage (this is done by Canvas Community Managers) then it will open for voting next month - Wednesday, March 2nd - and be open for three months! Here's more information on the how the process works -How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

Hope this helps!

Kona

holdenw
Community Participant

This would be a wonderful feature.  I often need to email all of my classes at once and the old copy-paste is the only way to do it.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hello  @emalates ​,

Thank you for submitting this feature idea.  It will indeed open for vote on Wednesday, March 2nd.

emalates
Community Participant

Thank you!

Sent from my iPhone

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. March 2, 2016 - Wed. June 1, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

emalates
Community Participant

Hi Dr. Holden,

I just emailed all my colleagues, sending the link to the page  and requested that they vote.  I encourage you to do the same!  🙂

Thanks...hopefully they will finally address this!

Liz

emalates
Community Participant

OK,  @crafte ​,  @canvas_admin ​, ssimpso4​, lrogerse868225lrogers,  @slansfor ​.... please encourage your colleagues to vote for this, as well.  We need to get this taken care of!

Thanks,

Liz

holdenw
Community Participant

I've asked my colleagues to vote.  Unfortunately, we are a small institution and I am the only one teaching more than one class, so I don't think my colleagues care much.

emalates
Community Participant

Well, thanks for trying!  Any votes would help.  We can cross our fingers - up to 27 so far!

mippolit
Community Member

I think that, more generally, we want the functionality that is basic to any email system that I've ever seen. Within the dialogue box to select recipients, I want to be able to hold down the control key and click on all intended recipients. Not only might I want to send the same message to multiple classes, I might want to send the same message to multiple groups or to multiple people under a category such as multiple students.

bastanic
Community Member

Can anyone explain if this is doable and already exists as a Canvas function? I had the same course being taught to three different classes last semester. And I kept thinking there had to be a way to unify all three instead of tripling all of the uploading of files, assignments, announcements, etc!!! This semester I have two courses being taught to four different groups. Help!

I'd like to see if this is already possible before I add another request and ask for voting.

Thank you

emalates
Community Participant

Hi, you don't need to add a request.  Just vote for this one (above.)  Thanks!

hongzhao
Community Member

I currently use "Cross-List" function to manage my multiple sections. Then you will post files and announcements at the master site and all students from all sections will be able to see the files and announcements. Assignments and quizzes can be done in the similar way as well and if you wish, you can make different due dates for different sections on one assignment.

bastanic
Community Member

I did vote.

But it seemed my request might be different enough to warrant a separate one.

Thanks,

Bernie

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emalates
Community Participant

Hi -

Yes, sorry.  I agree that would definitely be worth another post.  In the past, I combined several sections of the same course in Oncourse, and it made life so much easier!  If you do, let us know, and I will certainly vote for that, too.  (I do think these are separate issues, though - many of us want to be able to email multiple classes which aren't necessarily the same course.)

Thanks,

Liz

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @bastanic ​, does your school support cross listing of courses? See How do I use cross-listing in an account? and How do I cross-list a section in a course?​ Although the guide refers to "sections," in fact, each course created in Canvas can be considered a class or section. I teach the same course to four different sections and without cross-listing, I'd be quadrupling my effort. With cross-listing, all four sections can reside under a unified umbrella. And, if you need to assign different due dates to your different classes, you can use the Differentiated Assignments feature: What do Differentiated Assignments look like in Canvas?

canvas_admin
Community Champion

Already over 100 votes in 2 days. I don't know if I've seen a feature request reach the threshold that quickly!   That should tell you something, Instructure. Smiley Happy

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey Mark,

In Canvas you actually can hold down the control key to select multiple recipients - not that this addresses the multi-class issue.

In this video I first select multiple recipients one at a time without hold down control (on a Macbook) and then a second time selecting multiple in one operation with the control key held down:

2016-03-04_0812 - Scott.Dennis's library