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How do I manage notifications for a single course as an observer?

You can manage notifications for a single course on the Course Notification Settings page. Course notification settings only apply to the course in which they are set. To receive course notifications, you must first set your Canvas notification preferences.

Note: Once a notification preference is changed in your course, the course course notification preference will override preferences set in your Account Settings. You must continue to manage that notification type within your course.

Open Course

Open Course

In Global Navigation, click the Courses link [1], then click the name of the course [2].

View Course Notifications Status

View Course Notifications Icon

On the course home page, the View Course Notifications button icon displays if course notifications are enabled [1] or disabled [2].

Open Course Notifications

Open Course Notifications

To manage your course notifications, in the course home page sidebar, click the View Course Notifications button.

View Course Notification Settings

The Course Notification Settings page displays a banner reminding you that course-level notifications override any account-level notifications you may have set [1].

You can enable or disable all notifications for the course [2].

View the course-level notification types [3] and your listed contact methods [4].

Each notification has a default delivery frequency preference. To view the current notification delivery frequency for a notification type and contact method, hover over the notification icon [5].

Manage Notification Settings

Manage Notification Settings

To manage your course notification settings, click the Enable Notifications toggle.

When notifications are enabled for the course, the toggle displays a checkmark icon [1].

When notifications are disabled for the course, the toggle displays an X icon [2].

Manage Individual Notifications

Manage Individual Notifications

To change a notification delivery frequency for a course notification, locate the notification and contact method. Then click the notification icon [1]. You can select one of four delivery frequency types:

  • Notify immediately [2]: receive these notifications right away for this course. These notifications may be delayed by up to one hour in case an instructor makes additional changes, which prevents you from being spammed by multiple notifications in a short amount of time.
  • Daily summary [3]: receive a daily summary for this notification type.
  • Weekly summary [4]: receive a weekly summary for this notification type.
  • Notifications off [5]:  no notifications sent for this notification type.