How do I subscribe to a Discussion as an instructor?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

By default, you will automatically be subscribed to all discussion threads you create in your courses and be notified when new comments are posted to the topic.

You can subscribe to discussions created by TAs or other students in your course (if you allow). You can also subscribe to discussions posted within student groups. If you reply to a discussion, you will automatically be subscribed to discussions and will be notified of updates unless you manually unsubscribe to that discussion. Please also note that you cannot subscribe to individual threads within a threaded discussion.

Note: You must specify your Notification Preferences to receive updates for subscribed discussions.

In Notification Preferences, you can change the method and frequency of subscribed discussion posts.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

View Discussions

View Discussions

Click the title of the discussion you want to subscribe to.

Subscribe on Discussions Index Page

Subscribe on Discussions Index Page

You can subscribe to an entire discussion from the Discussions index page. Locate to the discussion you want to subscribe to and click the Discussion icon.

Note: The Discussion icon will turn green when you hover over the icon and then stay green when you are subscribed.

Unsubscribe on Discussions Index Page

Unsubscribe on Discussions Index Page

To unsubscribe from a discussion, locate to the discussion you want to unsubscribe from and click the Discussion icon.

Note: The Discussion icon will turn red when you hover over the icon and then turn gray when you are unsubscribed.

Subscribe within Discussion

Subscribe within Discussion

You can also subscribe within a discussion. Click the title of the discussion you want to subscribe to.

Subscribe to Discussion

Subscribe to Discussion

Click the Subscribe button.

Note: The Subscribe button will become green when you are subscribed to the discussion topic.

Unsubscribe from Discussion

Unsubscribe from Discussion

To unsubscribe from a discussion, click the green Subscribed button.

Note: The Subscribed button will become a gray Subscribe button when you are unsubscribed to a discussion topic.