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? .
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