I have run an in-person summer workshop for adults for over 20 years. We've previously used Yahoo Groups to share documents and information. On Yahoo, email addresses of students can be hidden from other students, and the group can be set up as "announcement only," so students can't send emails to the entire class, only to the teacher.
We started setting up the Yahoo Group this way many years ago, after some students abused the privilege of sending emails to the entire class by either sending frivolous joke emails or publicly venting grievances against other students, which caused a lot of negative fallout.
Restricting students' ability to email the class eliminated this problem and has worked great for us. I'd like to switch from Yahoo Groups to Canvas this summer, but I'm concerned that students could easily send group emails using the Inbox feature. Is there any way to restrict that, so students only have the option of emailing the teacher?
We would be using the free version of Canvas, since we are a small nonprofit.
Thanks for any help you can provide.