Can students message each other through the inbox? If so, is there a way to turn it off?
There is an institutional level feature that can be turned on for your institution that allows a user to opt out of the inbox messages and have them directly forwarded to your school email account. You'll have to talk with your CSM about getting it turned on for you. If you're not the Admin for your account, reach out to them and see if you could get it turned on. It'll be a checkbox in your personal settings.
Yes, this feature is a Permissions setting, and yes it can be turned off, but it can only be turned off by your account admin and only for every student in the school's account.
this is not a desirable option since one of the features best liked about Canvas are the communication features, and in fully online courses the ability to send messages to classmates and instructors is very desirable. Some kind of limits have been asked for before with resulting low votes and many arguements about the inadvisability of doing so.
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You can learn more at How do I set permissions for an account-level role?
Various feature ideas have been submitted in the past relating to limiting inbox use:
I hope this helps,
Lauren, I would hazard a guess that this question has come up because messages that someone considered to be inappropriate / unnecessary / undesirable / unexpected were sent via Canvas? That is usually why this question comes up (repeatedly) at my institution.
Our answer (from our previous LMS and now) is that this is about setting expectations (for students, faculty, and staff) about appropriate and inappropriate use of technology and should be dealt with as a behavior issue rather than a technology issue.
If you have really young students, maybe email isn't needed, but mostly it is a fact of life in which good behavior needs to be taught / learned / modeled / used.
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