How do I add contact methods to receive notifications?

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.

In Canvas you can add contact methods to receive notifications. Contact methods allow you to select how you want to be notified when various events occur within a course. Notifications are applied to all courses in Canvas. Canvas supports notification through email, SMS text message, and Twitter.

Once you add contact methods, you can set your own Notification Preferences to select how often you want to be notified of course events.

View a video about Notification Preferences.

Open User Settings

Open User Settings

In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].

Open User Settings in Legacy UI

Open User Settings in Legacy UI

If you are using the legacy interface, in the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Add Ways to Contact

Add Ways to Contact

In the Ways to Contact sidebar, your account displays the default email associated with your account, if any. However, if you want to add an additional email address, click the Add Email Address link [1].

If you want to add SMS text messages as a contact method, click the Add Contact Method link [2].

Bounced Communication Warnings

Canvas does not send notifications to communication channels that have bounced, which means the channel can no longer attempt to generate or send a notification. Bounces can occur from invalid addresses (caused by address typos, changed addresses, etc.) or blocked servers.

You will be notified in Canvas when one of your communication channels has bounced. If you are on a Canvas page outside of your User Settings, Canvas displays a warning banner at the top of your browser window [1].

In User Settings, the bounced contact method displays a warning icon [2]. To correct the error, you can remove then re-add the contact method to your profile.

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].

Learn how to add web services in Canvas.

View Approved Integrations

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.