We have groups for working on an assignment and I have created a discussion thread that I would like the other members of my group to read. Are they automatically notified of the discussion creation? Or do I need to bring their attention to it?
Hi Jack Scully Welcome to the worldwide Canvas Community, where fellow Canvas users such as yourself meet to exchange ideas. This depends on your fellow group members' Notification settings, as outlined here: How do I set my Canvas notification preferences as a student? If you look there yourself, you will see that there are two separate preferences for Discussions. One is for topics (which is what you created) and the other is for posts. Unfortunately, the default setting for new topics is to not send a notification at all, though the one for a post is to be notified daily. (Default settings are noted in the PDF that is linked to on that lesson that is linked above from the student guide.) So the bottom line is if your fellow students never checked their own notifications or changed them, they probably were not informed.
Actually, I was rather interested myself in your question to see if these applied to group discussions since I was a little unsure myself, and I am happy to report they do. I tried setting one up in a sample course site where I have a separate phony student email (I'm a Canvas administrator on my own campus, by the way) enrolled in a group, and after ensuring that student's notifications were set to "Notify right away," that student DID receive an emailed notification of the new discussion topic.
So I guess for this first one it would not hurt to send the students an email just in case, but also make them aware of their own notification settings and that they should perhaps change them so that they are notified in the future. Those settings DO apply to all courses, however, so it will not be course-specific.
I hope this helps, Jack!
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