I have students that drive long distances just to get to school. Group study would be a great asset for them. Does canvas offer student-initiated conferencing for students to use independent of their instructor as a facilitator?
If you have Groups set up in your course, then yes, students can use the Conferences tool within the group to communicate:
How do I use Conferences in a course as a student?
How do I create a conference in a student group?
As a teacher, you can also set up a "long-running" conference that students can check into and work together in. I typically create one each quarter so that students can initiate their own study groups. Learn more at How do I create a long-running conference? .
Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment. Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.
Retrieving data ...