How do I send a message to an entire class?

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.


  • 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.

Open the Inbox

Open the Inbox

In the Help Corner, click the Inbox link.

Compose Message

Click the Compose icon to start a new message.

Note: To learn how more about composing a message, visit the How do I compose and send a message? lesson.

Select Course

Select the course you wish to message from the course drop-down menu.

Open Address Book

Click the address book to send a message to the entire class.

Select Class

Click the name of the course.

Add Message

Add a subject line and type in the message field. Click the Send button when you are finished.

Note: If you do not want a student to see all recipients and replies in the message, click the Send individual messages checkbox.

View Message

View Message

Your message will appear at the top of your Sent folder until someone replies.

Note: You can reply to the recipient or reply-all to everyone in the class.

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