How do I send a message to my students from the Gradebook?

You can use the Gradebook to send messages to your students. Message subjects are filtered based on specific assignment categories:

  • Haven't submitted yet—students who haven't submitted the assignment. This category does not include students whose assignments have been manually awarded a grade. Once a grade has been awarded for an assignment (either automatically or manually), Canvas no longer verifies actual submissions.
  • Haven't been graded—students who submitted the assignment, but the assignment has not yet been graded.
  • Scored less than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment less than X number of points.
  • Scored more than [point value]—students who earned a grade on their assignment more than X number of points.  

Although one message most likely will be sent to multiple students at the same time, each student will receive an individual message.

Open Gradebook

Open Gradebook

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Message Students

Message Students

In the Gradebook, hover over the assignment title and click the drop-down menu [1]. Click the Message Students Who... link [2].

Select Message Category

Select Message Category

By default, Canvas will show names from the Haven't submitted yet category.

In the drop-down menu [1], select the category of students you want to message. Based on real-time data, Canvas will show the names of the students who fall in the category you selected [2].

Canvas will also generate a subject line based on the category [3], but you can edit the subject line if needed.

Send Message

Send Message

Type a message to the students in the message field [1]. Click the Send Message button [2].

Note: Although one message most likely will be sent to multiple students at the same time, each student will receive an individual message.