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Notifications by Course

Notifications by Course

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It would be great to be able to set notifications for each individual course.  There have been many times that I needed really detailed notifications and other times I needed nearly zero notifications.  Under the current system it is all or none.
Note from the Community Team:https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1179-users-need-to-be-able-to-customize-notifications-at-the-c... also requests this capability. We consider combined support for both ideas as part of our regular prioritization process.

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For details, please read through the Canvas Release Notes (2020-04-18)

110 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Yes, that is a good point about instructors needing this as well - anyone who has a role in courses really (advisors, librarians, mentors, observers, etc).

brian_gatten
New Member

It didn't occur to me that students would be posting on Canvas help forums.  I expect most of us in this feature request area are instructors, administrators, or designers of one sort or another.  

I personally manage 9 courses with a total of 2900 students.  I need instant notifications from one set of assignments in the smallest of those courses.  Turning on submission notifications for all of my courses would make those notifications unusable for me.   

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey Brian,

As you probably know, roles in Canvas are specific to courses and not to users so it would be difficult (but not impossible) to have Canvas pass role information to the community platform.  Because of that, we don't have good data on how many active community members are students.  If I had to guess I would say its around ten percent.  

alewis3
New Member

As we are attempting to encourage parents to refer to Canvas as a primary tool for communication between home and school, parents are often frustrated with the inability to control notifications in meaningful ways for their students. This is especially concerning for families with multiple children in the district, knowing that each child might be enrolled in multiple courses. We would LOVE for notifications to be more adjustable based on preference. The calendar notifications, specifically, can cause an unnecessary influx of notifications and emails.

Teachers who share courses also receive an abundance of notifications. 

Thank you for considering this issue as we strive to do best for our students and families!

emiliejane_arms
New Member

As an administration/coordination team, we would LOVE there to be a feature that allows us to customise notifications for each course. I need detailed notifications for the course I coordinate, but I don't want notifications for another course (which I still need access to on the dashboard). Is there any update on when this feature will be added? It seems this thread was started quite some time ago....

Thanks!

nzr5205
New Member

Not sure what the progress is on this feature, but it would be great to have. Even at a more basic level, only send notifications for courses that aren't hidden. Right now I get every Canvas notification twice, once from the Student app and once from the Instructor app. I'd like to just get notifications from the Instructor app for the class I TA (and maybe turn some of those notifications off) and get notifications from the classes I'm taking from the Student app.

jevans6
New Member

I agree, this is a MUCH needed feature!  If nothing else, a simple "mute" button for a specific course would be great!

For instance, I want ALL notifications from the classes I teach.  But, when I'm a student of a course, or if I'm observing someone else's course, I don't need those notifications showing up.  Unfortunately, as it is currently, it makes me hesitant to collaborate with other teachers on their Canvas courses, because the notifications from their courses have caused me to miss a more urgent notification from my own course.

Otherwise, I think Canvas is fantastic!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar‌ idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

mariol
New Member

A simple "mute" would help wonders. Especially when the uni creates blanket org courses and posts a MASSIVE amount of events a day. It's too much notification SPAM that would then cause me to miss actual, important notifications.

melissa_calvill
New Member

YES! Please do this for students AND instructors!!!!!  

hillman_ke
New Member

Several instructors at my institution want to be able to have specific students send notifications specifically to them.  Currently the instructors are receiving notifications from students they have no contact with and need to know how to have the specific students notify them via Canvas.  

GregoryBeyrer
Community Coach
Community Coach

Still an idea in late 2018.   @kbink  Thank You  for starting the discussion that led me to this three-year-old idea: Misuse/misunderstanding of Grade Comments 

trank
New Member

Is there anyway to implement these notification features. I feel like I don't have any privacy when notifications were sent out to students for almost everything I touched on Canvas. Very frustrated.

fwebster
New Member

I really like using the Canvas system, but I'm amazed this still hasn't been implemented. We have staff across the organisation who are on group-wide courses and getting so many notifications they don't need. If you could implement this feature it would be a great help, thanks! Smiley Happy

kbunch
New Member

I'm with everyone here -- this feature is way past due and desperately needed.  As an Instructional Designer and a graduate student, I have to turn off all notifications to avoid getting notifications for courses as an ID (most faculty will add me as a teacher rather than a designer) so then I miss very important notifications from my professors in the courses I take as a graduate student.  Canvas -- please review this and reconsider adding this feature.

m_h_horst
New Member

over 3 years old and it's still not here

tuh14972
New Member

This one is close to what I was looking for, but would really love to get some details in the pop on the phone, not just a button to go to the application.  It would really help to get some details in the notification to say where in the course or what the notification is about not just 80 changes have been posted by students on the course.  I'm sure that would also help the students with some details on what changes have happened to their course.

bryan_boucher
New Member

This is seriously needed as a student! Different courses use Canvas differently and getting bombarded with low priority notifications from a course can bury very important notifications or announcements from other courses! Please change this!

esimkowitz
New Member

This is something both Blackboard and Schoology have. As someone who is both a TA and a student, I really don't want to turn off New Assignment notifications altogether but I would very much like to turn off the notifications for the classes for which I'm a TA. The fact that I can't and that this has been suggested for three years is really frustrating.

thompsli
Community Champion

Our school has a school-wide "homeroom" course which basically exists so we have a place to post school-wide announcements and keep a school-wide events calendar. On that events calendar we might have an event like "drop-in middle school PE hour" from 10am-11am every day all year. On the day that we set up a recurring daily event like this for the term, anyone in the entire school signed up to get calendar event notifications in something other than digest form will get a separate email (or phone notification) for each individual instance of this event, which causes them to get hundreds of useless messages about PE drop-in times in a burst and, quite often, decide to kill all future Canvas notifications with fire by blocking them in the email program or on their phone.

It would be nice if we could just turn off that setting for just that course rather than do this to poor unsuspecting parents and students each term. (I finally turned off notifications for calendar events in my Canvas notifications due to this even though I'd quite like them for my other classes that don't post multiple irrelevant-to-me events on their calendar every day.)