How do I send a message to an entire class as an instructor?

You can use Conversations to send a message to your entire class. If you want to receive any replies outside of Canvas, you can set personal notification preferences for Conversations.

Messaging the entire class is a course permission. If you cannot send a message to the entire class, your institution has restricted this feature. Additionally, if your class contains more than 100 users, your message will automatically be sent as individual messages to each user.

Notes:

  • Students will only appear in your course once they have accepted the invitation to join the course. If you are trying to message students before your course has started, make sure you publish your course so invitations can be sent to your students. If your institution does not allow you to publish your own course before the term begins, check with your institution to confirm the term access dates for publishing your course.  
  • Once your course has concluded, you cannot send a message to your entire class.

Open Inbox

Open Inbox

In Global Navigation, click the Inbox link.

Compose Message

Click the Compose icon.

Select Course

Select Course

Select the course you wish to message from the course drop-down menu.

Open Address Book

Open Address Book

To send a message to the entire class, click the address book.

Select Class

Select Class

Click the name of the course.

Add Message

Add Message

Add a subject line [1] and type your message in the message field [2].

If you do not want students to see all recipients and replies in the message, click the Send an individual message to each recipient checkbox [3].

Click the Send button [4].

Note: If your class contains more than 100 users, the Send an individual message checkbox will be selected automatically, and your message will be sent as individual messages to each user.

View Message

View Message

Your message will appear at the top of your Sent folder until someone replies.