How do I send a message to an entire class as an instructor?
Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.
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.
- 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.
Click the Compose icon.
Add a subject line  and type your message in the message field .
If you do not want students to see all recipients and replies in the message, click the Send individual messages checkbox .
Click the Send button .
Note: If your class contains more than 100 users, the Send individual messages checkbox will be selected automatically, and your message will be sent as individual messages to each user.