With multiple Canvas courses each semester - up to four courses with 200+ students per semester, I'm interested in having Canvas LMS provide a Course-specific messaging (Conversations?) system - i.e., a one-stop message center, associated and organized per-course only. Is there an easy work-around to organize messages this way? Currently, I have an inbox that provides chronologically-listed messages -- from most recent to older -- from all-things-Canvas. What that means is that I open my inbox and see a list of messages with their Canvas account names: students, teaching colleagues, campus staff using this LMS, and other Canvas-related messages. An added complexity is that some of those students are enrolled in more than one course with me (on Canvas) in the same semester. Very inefficient. Instead, I use my not-much-more efficient university email system.
Also, I'm concerned about what I'm starting to notice (I only started on Canvas a year ago) may be a common challenge with Canvas regarding multiple courses: the Groups function has similar issues by not associating, by default, Groups that are course-specific -- i.e., by clicking on a Group, the Canvas system default takes me out of the course that Group is associated with.
For Canvas users who have multiple courses per-semester on Canvas LMS: Have you noticed similar inefficiencies with certain Canvas functions that make it challenging to have multiple courses going at the same time? Any suggestions for better work-arounds?
Thanks for any assistance/wisdom.
Michael Maguire, Faculty Associate