How do I set my Notification Preferences?

You can set notification preferences to receive updates about your Canvas courses. These steps apply for all users.

Click here to view a video about Notification Preferences.

Note: These settings apply to all of your courses.

Open Personal Settings

Open Personal Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

View Settings

Within your personal settings, you can:

  • Add ways for your fellow classmates to contact you
  • Link to web services
  • View and set notifications preferences
  • View approved integrations

Add Ways to Contact

Add Ways to Contact

Before you can set your Notification Preferences, you will need to set the ways you want to be notified.

Your account will already display the email associated with your account. However, if you want to add an additional email address, click the Add Email Address link [1].

If you want to add any other type of contact method such as Twitter or text messages, click the Add Contact Method [2].

Edit Contact Methods

Edit Contact Methods

Canvas will ask to verify your additional contact methods. Once they have been verified, a checkmark will appear next to the method type [1]. You can delete additional contact methods at any time by clicking the trash icon [2].

Link to Web Services

Link to Web Services

The Web Services portion on your settings page is divided into two columns. Services you have already registered, such as through the Ways to Contact section of your settings, or through course Collaborations and assignments, appear in the left column under the Registered Services heading [1].

Other services that are available for registration appear in the right column under the Other Services heading [2]. Register for any of these other services by clicking one of the [ServiceName] buttons [3]. Once you have registered for that service properly, the service name will move from the right column to the left column. Repeat this process to add additional services.

View Notification Preferences

View Notification Preferences

You can view and set notification preferences within your course. In the navigation menu, click the Notifications link.

View Notification Preferences

View Notification Preferences

Your notifications preference page will display all of the contact methods you have created across the top of the page. You will need to specify how you want to be notified for each contact method.

The notifications are divided up into six categories:

  1. Course Activities
  2. Discussions
  3. Communications
  4. Scheduling
  5. Groups
  6. Alerts

View Notification Descriptions

View Notification Descriptions

When you hover over the name of the notification, you can view the details of the notification and adjust your preferences. Note: Some notifications are for instructors and admins only as noted in the hover descriptions:

Course Activities

  • Due Date: Assignment due date change
  • Grading Policies: Course grading policy change
  • Course Content: Change to course content including WikiPage, Assignment, and Quiz content
  • Files: New file added to your course. Canvas will only notify you of new files in a course once they have been updated.
  • Announcement: New announcement in your course
  • Grading: Includes assignments/submission grade entered/changed, unmuted assignment grade, grade weight changed. Check Include scores when alerting about grade changes checkbox if you want to see your grades in your notifications. If you aren't using your institutional email address, be aware that sensitive information will be sent outside the institution.
  • Invitation: Includes invitations to web conferences, collaborations, groups, course, peer review and peer review reminders
  • All Submissions (Instructor & Admin only): Assignment submission/resubmission
  • Late Grading (Instructor & Admin only): Late assignment submission
  • Submission Comment: Assignment submission comment.

Discussions

  • Discussion: New discussion topic in your course
  • Discussion Post: New discussion post in a topic you're subscribed to

Conversations

  • Added to Conversation: You are added to a conversation
  • Conversation Message: New Inbox message

Scheduling

  • Student Appointment Signups (Instructor & Admin only): Student appointment signup using Scheduler
  • Appointment Signups: New appointment on your calendar
  • Student Appointment Cancelations: Appointment cancelation
  • Appointment Availability (Instructor & Admin only): Change to appointment time slots
  • Calendar: New and changed items on your course calendar

Groups

  • Group Membership Updates: Group enrollment, accepted/rejected membership; (Admin only) pending enrollment activated

Alerts

  • Administrative Notifications (Instructor & Admin only): includes course enrollment, report generated, context export, migration export, new account user, new teacher registration, new student group

View Set Notification Preferences

For email whitelist purposes, notifications will be sent from an email address ending in instructure.com.

By default, your notifications will be set as follows:

Course Activities

  • Due Date: Emailed weekly
  • Grading Policy changes: Emailed weekly
  • Course Content: Emailed never
  • Files: Emailed never
  • Announcements: Emailed right away
  • Grading notifications: Emailed right away
  • New Invitations: Emailed right away
  • All Submissions: Emailed never
  • Late Grading: Emailed daily
  • Submission Comments: Emailed daily

Discussions

  • Discussion: Emailed daily
  • Discussion Post: Emailed never

Conversations

  • Added to Conversation: Emailed right away
  • Conversation Messages: Emailed right away

Scheduling

  • Student Appointment Signups: Emailed never
  • Appointment Signups: Emailed right away
  • Appointment Cancelations: Emailed right away
  • Appointment Availability: Emailed right away
  • Calendar changes: Emailed never

Groups

  • Membership Update: Emailed daily

Alerts

  • Administrative Notifications: Emailed daily

View Weekly Notification Time

View Weekly Notification Time

At the bottom of the page, Canvas will let you know when you can expect to receive each notification. The date and time will vary between users.

Edit Notification Preferences

To change a notification for a contact method, hover over the notification type you want to change. Select one of four options.

  1. Select the Checkmark icon to be notified immediately of any change for the activity.
  2. Select the Clock icon to be notified daily of any change for the activity.
  3. Select the Calendar icon to be notified weekly of any change for the activity.
  4. Select the X icon to remove the notification preference so you won't be notified of any change for the activity.

Note: Each set notification preference will apply to all of your courses. They cannot be set individually.

View Approved Integrations

When you allow third-party integrations to access your account, the Approved Integrations section will appear and display the authorized integrations. Each integration will show you the name of the app, the purpose (if one is noted), the date the app was last used, the date the app expires, and a link to view further details.

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