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Notifications by Course

Notifications by Course

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It would be great to be able to set notifications for each individual course.  There have been many times that I needed really detailed notifications and other times I needed nearly zero notifications.  Under the current system it is all or none.
Note from the Community Team:https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1179-users-need-to-be-able-to-customize-notifications-at-the-c... also requests this capability. We consider combined support for both ideas as part of our regular prioritization process.

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For details, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2020-04-18)

110 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi 19045​.

This is a frequently requested feature in Canvas.  It was submitted this past May and received 138 votes.  Unfortunately it was determined at that time that there were not sufficient resources available at that time to move forward with it.  You can read related comments at

I'll go ahead and add this idea submission to the queue for ideas that will open for vote next week.

Thank you for taking the time to come participate in the Feature Idea forums.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

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Thank you for your Feature Idea submission. We wanted to call your attention to   which was submitted in a different voting period, but archived due to lack of votes or inadequate response. You may want to reference this idea for any insight.

Your idea will be open for vote in the next voting cycle.

In the meantime, help your idea gain traction by posting a link to this idea in the comments of the other, archived idea (which will notify author and anyone who is following the idea) and share your idea to colleagues and peers who you think would be supporters, as well.

bogardde
Explorer III

The last time this idea was voted upon, Canvas immediately archived it because it wouldn't work with the "current architecture." Perhaps this architecture needs to change sooner rather than later? I think it's time we voted again to show how important this type of feature is to our users.

Let's do this! :smileycool:

canvas_admin
Community Member

I agree that we need more granularity with notifications.  Notifications are generated by all sorts of functionalities and the whole "all or nothing" approach really isn't feasible, especially when you have multiple courses and various support roles (TA, Professor, etc.)

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

bogardde​ and  @canvas_admin ​,

This is definitely a popular request.  I don't remember how many votes it had in the old forums but people have been asking for it for a long time.  I'm not an engineer but I remember when they scoped this last May it was determined that it would require a major refactoring of core Canvas - akin to changing out your diesel engine for an internal combustion job.  That all being said, the main purpose of feature voting is to determine peoples level of interest relative to other features and bug fixes, so let the voting begin (next week).

canvas_admin
Community Member

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bogardde
Explorer III

hahaha so wrong!

jordan
Community Member

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. November 4, 2015 - Wed. February 3, 2016.

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

kristin_bayless
Community Member

As more districts look into adding staff as observers for individual students, which is a solution to a common K-12 need, this feature is so important!  We've added our IEP Caseload Managers as observers to the students they have on their caseloads.  Typically, this is 10-20 students.  In most cases, these teachers also have their own classes.  Right now, there is no differentiation between notifications they receive for their own classes and those received for the students they observe.  The teachers are getting inundated with notifications! They need to be able  to select notifications based on the individual course.

caitlin_charnle
Community Member

This made my morning. lololol

caitlin_charnle
Community Member

As an Admin at one school, and an online student at another school, this feature would be tremendously appreciated. The faculty, staff, and students who use Canvas everywhere would LOVE to see this feature implemented. Smiley Happy Thank you!

arovner
Explorer III

YAY!  Bring it on!  This would be so helpful for so many students!

Pretty please?!

Amy

viw
Surveyor

We have been hearing this request from our faculty, staff, and students for years now, and it is one of the most common critiques of the system.

creativityengag
Community Member

I'm working as the teacher of record with a number of TAs, but under the current notification structure, I get the notifications first, and communication with students, and I need to be able to set things up course-by-course, with TAs participating.

lse224
Community Member

Yes, we hear this A LOT from people in dual roles (e.g. graduate students who are also instructors).

Then there are professors who use the announcements feature for two different purposes: one for pressing announcements (class meeting changes) and the other for everything they read that is tangentially related to the course. I completely understand students wanting two different sets of settings in these cases.

vkg
Community Member

I'm still seeing a need for this at the University of Michigan, especially when instructors are simultaneously teaching two courses:  a small course as the sole instructor, and a large course with a team of TAs.  In this case, faculty want to receive ASAP notifications for the small course, but not the large one (where their TAs handle more of the student contact). 

This is a big issue once you have classes taught by a team of instructors with different expectations for who will do what.  We'd love to see this in the next few months, since many of our largest courses have held off on switching to Canvas.

pbogart
Community Member

At the University of Michigan, students have also expressed the desire to set different notification settings for two different courses, and for pressing versus FYI information within each course. Students get so much Canvas-generated email that they've been turning notifications off entirely for all courses, which has posed a new and problematic communication barrier. Thanks for moving this important request forward!

hvaughn
Learner II

I think instructors would like to be able to control when notifications are sent from their courses as well.  Too often, when something is changed in a course, a notification is sent out without the instructor realizing it, and results in mild panic for some students.  For example an instructor recently moved an assignment from one weighted group into another.  Doing so sent out an email to all students that the grading policy for the course had changed.  When too many notifications are sent, after a while, the response is to ignore them.

hvaughn
Learner II

Another reason INSTRUCTORS need to control when notifications are being sent from their course(s) to students.  Just today we received the following from an instructor.

"Yesterday, I unmuted a final exam essay assignment from last semester because a student needed to see a copy of his grades with the overall average. I had left the assignment muted because I graded the finals after December 11 and knew the students wouldn't have access to the course anyway. Unfortunately, a notification e-mail was still sent to the entire class, and I had one student who contacted me because she thought her assignment grade had been changed. Should students still receive notifications even after a course has ended?"

This is problematic for us.  Both the section and course end dates were set to Dec 11th at 4pm.  The check box to not allow students to participate after these dates is also checked. We do not conclude all enrollments as we have students with incompletes and at times need to let other students back in temporarily to access something, as in this case.  It would be really helpful to allow instructors to choose whether a notification is sent or not.

SethBattis
Community Member

Just adding a shout out that notification preferences should be configurable by all user roles. (Currently observers look like they're going to get notifications, but basically don't, as I exhaustively documented.)