Recent Updates

  • If your instructor creates a cloud assignment with a Microsoft OneDrive file, you can open the assignment, edit the document directly, and submit your changes as your assignment submission.

    When you open the assignment, Office 365 will create a copy of the file as your submission. You can open the document and make changes per the assignment instructions. When you are ready to submit the assignment, return to the Canvas assignment page and submit the assignment. The copied document is also added to your OneDrive folder for the course.

    Cloud assignments are treated the same way as any other type of assignment submission. When you submit your assignment, your instructor will view the assignment exactly as it is when you click the Submit button. Even though cloud assignments can still be modified in the assignment page, any changes you make to the assignment after the submission cannot be viewed by your instructor unless you submit the assignment again as a resubmission.

  • You can find your peers' feedback for peer reviewed assignments in several places.

    Note: If the peer review is anonymous, the name of the reviewer will not be included in any feedback.

  • Users can edit permissions for files, including setting the state of the file (published or unpublished), make files available to students who have the link, or schedule availability dates for the files.

    When the link restriction is set (only available to students with the link), the file can only be viewed if they are given the link to the file. However, this option only allows files to be hidden from students in Course Files. This functionality is not valid outside of the Files feature. For instance, if a file with a link restriction is added to a Module or Assignment, the file can always be viewed by students.  

    When the student availability date restriction is set, students can view the name and information for the file. In addition to Course Files, files with an availability date restriction can be viewed anywhere in Canvas (such as when the file is added to Modules or Assignments), but the file will be locked and they cannot view the actual file until the specified date.

    Note: You can also restrict a file or folder as part of setting usage rights for files or setting usage rights for folders.

  • Manual Aeries
  • In Conversations, you can send a message to one user or multiple users in a group.

    Note: Currently you cannot message users in multiple groups.

  • You may be able to use Conversations to send a message to all users in a course, all users in a specific role, or all users in a group.

    If your recipient list contains more than 100 users, your message will automatically be sent as individual messages to each user.


    • Messaging all users is a course permission. If you cannot send a message to all users, your institution has restricted this feature.
    • Once your course has concluded, you cannot send a message to all users.
    • Users display in Conversations once they have an active enrollment in the course, and users cannot join a course unless it is published.
  • Updated on: Nov 12, 2020

    How do I use the Inbox as a student?

    Conversations is split into two panels and displays messages chronologically. You can view and reply to conversations and sort them by course or inbox type. Conversations itself does not have any file size limits; however, attachments added to a conversation are included in the sender's personal files.


    • If you right-click or option-click on the Inbox link, you can open your Conversation Inbox in a new browser tab to keep it handy while you are doing other tasks in Canvas.
    • Users display in Conversations once they have an active enrollment in the course, and users cannot join a course unless it is published.