How can students create group e-mails to send messages to the entire class (including me)?
Hello Elisabeth and welcome to the Canvas Community! I would suggest you look into whether Conversations (Inbox) would fit your needs. How a student composes a message in the Inbox is described here, How do I send a message to a user in a course in Conversations as a student? The document describes how to add one or multiple students/teachers to a Conversation message. Conversations and emails as one may send through Gmail or Outlook are similar but different in some important ways, so depending on what functionality is needed a class-wide email may be possible through your institution's actual email provider as well. However, it sounds as though using the Canvas Inbox may work in your situation and at my institution Conversation messages are forwarded to users institutional email addresses as well.
Would the class-wide Conversation message fit your needs?
All the best!
Hi Elisabeth Bloomfield , and Welcome to the Canvas Community!
The easy answer is that they can't, because Canvas does not have email functionality.
However, any and all Canvas users can send Inbox messages to any or all enrollees in a Canvas class in which they are enrolled. You can share this lesson from the Canvas Student Guide with your students, showing them how to do this How do I send a message to all course users in Conversations as a student?
I hope this is helpful,
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