Canvas: Emailing Multiple Courses at Once

One question I received quite a few times during training was “how do I email my students.”: Well, In Canvas you email students via “Conversations,” which you can access by selecting “inbox” on the Global Navigation bar.

Now, Conversations will be changing soon (see my previous post for details). It turns out that I lied a bit in that previous post when I said that this change was purely “aesthetic.” I’ve just learned that there is at least one big functional difference between “Old” and “New” conversations.

You CANNOT email multiple courses at once in the “New” conversations.

In the old version of conversations (below), you had the ability to email multiple users/courses at one time.

Old Conversations

However, in the “New” conversations, you can only email one course at a time (see below).

New ConversationsI’ve submitted a feature request to have this function added to the new conversations.

Canvas: Upcoming Changes to Conversations

One thing that will take some getting used to is that Canvas is constantly changing/updating. Canvas likes to push updates every three weeks. Now, most of time these updates are small, but sometimes they can lead to big changes in the look/feel of the system.

One big change that is coming :

  • “Old Conversations” will not be available after May 24th, 2014.

Currently, when you access “Conversations” (Inbox), you see this :

Old Conversations

  Starting on May 25th, 2014, “Conversations” will look like this :New ConversationsThis isn’t a huge change in functionality, but it’s something to note. Conversations will work basically the exact same way, as this change is mostly aesthetic.

If you struggle with using the new “conversations,” either contact our department OR check out http://guides.instructure.com for up-to-date documentation.