Canvas: How to communicate with students through Canvas

Task: This KB article provides an overview of all the communication tools in Canvas. For more details about using any of the tools search for the article or Canvas guide about that Canvas tool.


There are several options for communicating with students.  

  • Announcements:  Send course announcements that all students can see.
  • Inbox:  Email tool to send email to all students, individual students, to course groups or course section.
  • Assessment:  Send comments to individual students that is private and associated to the specific assessment.
  • Discussions:  The Discussion forum can be setup as an open, interactive communication for the entire class.
  • Gradebook:  The assessment column has an communication option for sending messages to specific students.  In the column header use the option to "Message students who".
  • People:  In the People area you can select an individual student and select the Envelope icon in their profile to send an individual email.

Note:  Your course must be Published in order to email your students.  At the end of the semester the course will be set to "Read Only", at that time, the functionality to email students is no longer available.


Users can expect to be able to communicate with students in an effective manner that suits their needs.

Need additional help?

Please use this link to the ET&S Help Desk team to locate your local campus contact information.  Use the “Submit a Question” for your campus to enter an online support request.  


Article ID: 1560
Fri 7/19/19 6:11 PM
Mon 4/11/22 2:43 PM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)