Communicating through Canvas

There are two ways to communicate through Canvas: Inbox and announcements. This article explains how to use both.

Before You Start

You'll need:

  1. An active PennKey
  2. A Canvas account

Canvas Announcements

Use Announcements for communications all students should see, and to which they might later refer.

  • Students will receive a notice about new announcements based on their Notification Preferences
  • The three most recent announcements will appear on your course site's home page. Click Announcements in the left navigation bar to view all others.

Conversations

Canvas contains an internal messaging system called Inbox to begin conversations with other Canvas users.  

  • When messaging multiple students, check Send individual messages.
  • Students will receive a notice about new announcements based on their Notification Preferences.
  • Canvas messages you receive from students will arrive as an email notification. You can reply to the email notification directly, without having to log in to Canvas, and this reply will reach only the student who sent you the message, even if it the message is part of a Group Conversation.

Questions?

Email: courseware@wharton.upenn.edu