I'm trying to communicate with my students in groups by sending messages to the groups. But apparently they are not all seeing the messages. They do see announcements I think, or at least they are looking for announcements.
I'm experimenting with other options in my sandbox where I'm set up a student as well as a teacher (dual roles).
The issues (any of which if solved probably leads to the solution) are:
- I can't figure out how to login as the student in my University of Washington Canvas account.
- I can't add "test student" to a group.
- I can't create a student user at the UW that isn't already in their list of IDs
As an alternative, I'm trying to do something similar on the Canvas public site where I have a test course set up. I finally figured out that the reason nothing was happening with the invitations was because the course hadn't been published. After that I had trouble because the interface looks a little different, but I think I finally have it set up. Now I'm waiting for Canvas to send me (the made up students) a message about what I posted.
Meanwhile, I'd still like the answers to the issues so I can do my experiments in the UW Canvas account. And, I think I've found a better way to do what I wanted without an assignment. Does it make sense to send individual announcements to each Project team? Are they any more likely to be seen by students than emails from Canvas?