How to: Set notification preferences in Canvas


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What are Canvas notifications?

In Canvas you can control how and when the system notifies you about different activities that are happening in your courses. Default notification come by email, but you can change that to include SMS or a number of other web services.


  • Notifications are sent as one of four delivery types: send right away, daily summary, weekly summary, or don’t send.
  • Notification settings can be set for a number of events that trigger notifications (such as course activities and discussions).
  • Additional contact methods besides the default email can be added (such as SMS, Twitter, LinkedIn and Personal Email).
  • Notification preferences are attached to your account settings and therefore apply to all your courses, they can’t be adjusted for individual courses.

It is similar to a Blackboard notifications in that:
  • Notifications of announcements will be sent via email (with the default settings)

However it differs in that:

  • In theory other notifications work
  • Notifications can be sent via SMS, twitter and other web services
  • Instructors and students can modify their own notification settings

Good practice examples

If you have any examples of good practice, let us know and we’ll share them here!



How can I tell whether the students received my announcement?

In your account notification settings there is an option to be notified immediately of an announcement created by you. Make sure that option is selected, and the system will send you the same email copy that the students get.

Account > Notifications > Announcements created by you

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Student resources for Notifications are the same as staff resources. Please see the Further help tab.

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