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Signature Block

Signature Block

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It would be nice to have the option to add a signature block that can automatically be added to "Inbox" messages as well as discussion posts.

49 Comments
Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Thanks for sharing this idea,  @galvanj ‌. It's one that has been proposed a few times before (and if you'd like to see its previous iterations, please join Cold Storage‌ and search for "signature"), but thus far, none of the submissions have received the traction that would be necessary to move them forward for possible prioritization. As time passes, priorities change, so perhaps the idea will gain more support in this new round of voting.

ronmarx
Community Member

I like this idea, if only because Canvas platform components should look, feel, and behave like more generic applications. The Canvas email features should match the basic features of every other basic email app, signatures included.

kilp
Community Member

I believe that this ability is essential as it allows the person writing the email to provide important information about him/herself such as a phone number, status in the community (eg. "Director of Department of Teaching and Learning, UWM"), etc.

kristinc
Community Member

I agree.  It's not practical to need to type/provide other basic contact info each time a message is sent.  I've been asking about this for a while, now, and it's surprising that this wasn't a basic feature from the start.  Please look at this Canvas.  Thank you,  Kris

landonb
Surveyor

Being able to add a signature line is very important as an instructor so that I can include important contact information for my students to reach me.  

insall
Surveyor

It's not just a "nice feature".  This is important to maintaining a professional tenor in the classes.  In fact, I think it's amazing that no institution that uses canvas has requested that this be an upgrade in order to keep their subscription.  There are free systems out there like Moodle that are not any less professional. 

clarissas
Community Member

Yes would be very nice to be able to add a signature that automatically pops up when writing emails. At this time i'm having to write it out every single time. 

jmelton1
Community Member

This feature will reduce the added time for Professors to type necessary information that students need to access after reading an email, like office number or phone number, in case they need to make an appointment or contact the Professor directly. I have 70 students this semester and I'm an adjunct Professor. Full-time professors have more. Larger colleges have more. That's a lot of added typing that can be programmed to aid in allowing Professors to use that time to prepare new materials for class, assist students needing help, etc.

ktaylor6
Community Member

Chiming in in hopes Canvas developers will take note.  I too believe this is an important feature, and was surprised today to notice that there is NOT a signature option for sending emails to groups/classes/students.  I'm not a programmer and perhaps I'm being naive, but it does seem like that shouldn't be too difficult to implement.  Please Canvas Developers....get on this one!

mnachsatz
Community Member

I think signature blocks would be a great added feature. The lack of this option really diminishes when we can use the Canvas Inbox.

lswilliams
Community Member

This is such a standard feature on even the most rudimentary email programs that I was really surprised to see it not an option in Canvas. I want to be sure that my students have important contact information about me when corresponding with them - email address, phone, campus affiliation, etc. and a signature block on an email accomplishes all of this while also lending a certain degree of professionalism to my conversations. 

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi Everyone:

In reading the responses to this feature idea, I am seeing many that expect the Conversations function in Canvas to be email, which it is not. For me, the inbox does already identify me to those I send messages to, and I post all the information that would be in a "signature block'. in two places in my Canvas classrooms.

As much as I detest platform feature bloat, I recognize that users are looking for more email-like features for the Conversations function. Towards that end, I thought I might share some other related features ideas you may wish to review and support.

Kelley

fentonm
Community Member

A signature block would be very helpful. I send feedback to on-campus and online students via Canvas just about everyday. My Outlook signature block also contains a link where my students can make appointment with me directly using an online scheduling platform. This save the students and myself a lot of time. A student can go online anytime to get a meeting day/time. I would add more thoughts here, but Kelley has laid out what I would add and then some. I also wanted to add, what I am doing now is doing a copy and paste of my Outlook signature block. However, none of the hyperlinks in the block are active when sent in Canvas.

Thank you.

Mark

k_kratochvila
Community Member

I am happy to see others share the same view points, having to leave my current message on Canvas to then go to my sent folder of outlook to then copy and paste my signature from a message sent or create a new mail, just causes so much extra work just so people can have all relevant contact details.

maxwells
Community Member

It's ridiculous not to have a signature block function on a program that professionals are using. We shouldn't have to cut and paste a signature block every time we send an e-mail out.  Every other e-mail function has this.  Not sure why it has to get "traction" to be implemented. I won't be using the e-mail function of Canvas until this is fixed.

aicalopez
Community Member

I think a Signature Block is a very good way to spread message across the discussion board. As the instructor posts the most, a signature block makes it easy to spread messages all throughout the discussion threads. Please add this soon. Now more than ever that everyone seems to be doing online learning. 

fentonm
Community Member

I concur and have asked for a signature block in the past. My university is taking a three week no student contact because of COVID 19. Several other universities are doing the same thing or at least something similar across the state and many other states. It is time to include an instructor signature block in the Canvas e-mail system. Thank you.

lshved
Community Member

Everyone keeps saying that Canvas does not have a signature feature.  However, every time I send an email to my students, Canvas signs it for me.  I cannot see it in my original message but students see it when they get my email.  I am aware of it because I can see that signature whenever students reply to my original email and it is included in the thread.  That "signature" looks very strange and I would love to have control of what is attached at the end of each message I sent in Canvas.  

signature attached to each message sent using Inbox in Canvas

jdonovan
Surveyor

In addition to being able to include important messages and contact information, the signature block is an important tool for building inclusivity. At our college, we identify our pronouns in our signatures in order to signal to students that it is a safe space and to encourage them to share theirs as well. Please add this feature.

cantvas
Surveyor II

I agree that a signature block feature for Canvas messages in a sorely needed feature.  This deficiency is one reason that I use Canvas messaging as little as possible, and favor regular e-mail.  

A signature block is a standard feature of every or almost every popular e-mail client.  Some employers mandate that their employees use a standard format for signature blocks of e-mails.