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Link for Creating New Canvas Message to Instructor

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Is there a way to use HTML code to make a link start a new Canvas message to me, as the instructor?  I could use "mailto", but that forces the students to contact me through email.  I'd rather have the link kick them right to a new message within Canvas that is already addressed to me.

Is this possible?

canvas messages‌ #links

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Found the solution!

I just needed to find a link that already did exactly what we needed - and found it via the People page! Hope the below is helpful dhulsey@nmjc.edu‌.

When you click on an individual in the course from the "People" page, you get the option to "Send a Message" on the right hand side.  This is a hyperlink that specifies both the course the student is in and your information.  And, as it happens, you as the instructor are on this list.  Click on your name, right click on "Send a Message", and click "Copy Link".  That is the code to then use for creating a "Send Message Via Canvas" link.  

Step 1: Navigate to the "People" page within the specific course you want to create the link (doing this will keep any message a student sends you connected to this course).

251494_Canvas Message Link.png

Step 2: Find your user listed here (you can filter or search for your name if it is a larger class).

251498_Canvas Message Link2.png

Step 3: Right click on "Send Message" on the right right hand side. Then click "Copy Link Address".  This will give you the exact link for a student to create a message to you that will also be tied to this course.

251499_Canvas Message Link3.png

Step 4: Now go to the page/announcement/assignment where you want to create this link.  Highlight the text you want to create the link on (#1 below).  Then click on the link tool (#2 below).

251500_Canvas Message Link4.png

Step 5: Next, paste (CTRL+V or right click and "paste") in the link you copied from your profile on the People page.

251501_Canvas Message Link5.png

Step 6: Now, when you students click on that link it will open a message to you connected to that course.

251502_Canvas Message Link6.png

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Learner II

This is an awesome question. This has never occurred to me before, but it would be nice to create a link to message the instructor. 

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Hi, danielostendorff@letu.edu‌.

Unless your Canvas admins have removed it, this is available from the Help menu.

How do I get help with Canvas as a student? 

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Thanks Nelson.  From what I can tell, student's can navigate to this, but there is no way to create a link from within one of your pages/announcements/assignments that will take them to this directly. Maybe I'm missing something?

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Found the solution!

I just needed to find a link that already did exactly what we needed - and found it via the People page! Hope the below is helpful dhulsey@nmjc.edu‌.

When you click on an individual in the course from the "People" page, you get the option to "Send a Message" on the right hand side.  This is a hyperlink that specifies both the course the student is in and your information.  And, as it happens, you as the instructor are on this list.  Click on your name, right click on "Send a Message", and click "Copy Link".  That is the code to then use for creating a "Send Message Via Canvas" link.  

Step 1: Navigate to the "People" page within the specific course you want to create the link (doing this will keep any message a student sends you connected to this course).

251494_Canvas Message Link.png

Step 2: Find your user listed here (you can filter or search for your name if it is a larger class).

251498_Canvas Message Link2.png

Step 3: Right click on "Send Message" on the right right hand side. Then click "Copy Link Address".  This will give you the exact link for a student to create a message to you that will also be tied to this course.

251499_Canvas Message Link3.png

Step 4: Now go to the page/announcement/assignment where you want to create this link.  Highlight the text you want to create the link on (#1 below).  Then click on the link tool (#2 below).

251500_Canvas Message Link4.png

Step 5: Next, paste (CTRL+V or right click and "paste") in the link you copied from your profile on the People page.

251501_Canvas Message Link5.png

Step 6: Now, when you students click on that link it will open a message to you connected to that course.

251502_Canvas Message Link6.png

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That is neat. I am going to give that a try! Thanks, Daniel.

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Surveyor

The Send Message link doesn't seem to be available from People, so I tried a couple of things, and found out that the information given here was helpful.

I was able to create the link, and it seems to Redirect properly from the course menu.

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Community Member

So smart!  I've wondered this before too but it wasn't until a professor requested it that I went searching.  Thank you for this awesome, simple solution.

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Surveyor

This no longer works as the page has been changed to prevent the link from being available. (BOO!)

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Surveyor

Booo Canvas. Why in the world would you remove the ability to message from the People page? Why, why, why? I instinctively go here regularly thinking I can message the person. Grrrrr. Everytime I try to do something on Canvas I get irritated because of common sense things like this.