We already have university emails that we're tuned into - please consider making the Inbox communication tool optional. I'm constantly having to tell students that I often don't see these emails for quite some time.
@rolloff , ask your institution's Canvas administrators to look into "Conversations Inbox Opt-Out", one of several "Hidden" Feature Options which can be arranged through Canvas Customer Success. In brief, this option ensures each student message is sent to you ASAP to the email.
To learn more about it, here's a discussion from a few years ago with anecdotes and considerations about how it changes the standard messaging workflow:
Turn off inbox messaging or get it forwarded
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