How to: use Conversations in Canvas

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What is Conversations in Canvas?

Conversations is the in-built messaging tool used to communicate with a course, a group of students, an individual student, or an entire cohort of students.
Conversations allows you to:

  • Send a message to someone in your course or group
  • Send a message to yourself
  • Reply to messages from others in your course
  • Filter conversations by course or type
  • View and reply to assignment submission comments

How do I use conversations in Canvas?

To start a conversation in Canvas follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Inbox link (under Calendar) on the universal navigation bar.  If you have unread conversations, an indicator (in numbers) will be displayed.
  2. All conversations will be listed on the left.  An unread conversation will display a black circle next to it.
  3. To read a conversation, click on it to open it.  The content of the conversation will appear on the right.
  4. Once a conversation is selected, you can use the following options in the tool bar:

View Toolbar Options

[1] Reply to a conversation

[2] Reply-All to a conversation

[3] Archive conversation

[4] Delete a conversation

[5] Forward, star or mark as unread

For more information check:

The Conversations in Canvas guide for instructors.

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