We know that communication is a cornerstone of both learning and relationship. We also know that students value clear communication and that many find great value in having a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to “pass” their courses. We have also witnessed that many of our students are still developing their time-management skills and rely upon external cues.
In Canvas, notification settings are set by the user and relate to how and when you receive information about upcoming events, dates, and, in the case of instructors, student activities (like the submission of a discussion post or the submission of an assignment that is ready to be graded.)
You are in complete control of how you receive notifications. For email notifications and notifications that appear in the Canvas window (whether in the browser or in your “Teacher” app on your mobile device) you can make a number of changes to the default settings by going to your “Account” profile and clicking notifications.
Setting notifications here will be a global choice. You can override these settings in individual courses by navigating to course settings in your course and going to the “View Course Notification” button, as shown below.
Note that your notification settings do not have any bearing on your student’s settings. By default, students will get all course announcements and the assignments with dates will be viewable, but they have complete control over their settings.
Also note that the notifications for the mobile apps default to a less aggressive notification (lock screen) regime than do commercial apps. If a smartphone or tablet user wants notifications outside of the time they are using the app, they will need to set those notifications specifically on their smart device and these notifications, though they have a similar name and function, are outside of the operation of Canvas. For more app information: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Mobile/ct-p/apps
Notifications work best if instructors use the syllabus tool and calendar in a way that has specific date requirements for all assignments and other student “to dos.”
How does this align to Canvas training materials?
- Mobile App Notifications
- OSCQR – STANDARD #13 – Frequently used technology tools are easily accessed. Any tools not being utilized are removed from the course menu.
- How Scrolling Can Make or Break Your User Experience
- Visit canvas.wcu.edu
- Contact the 24/7 Canvas Help if you need help with issues as you are working in Canvas. (NOTE: 24/7 Canvas Help goes away on June 30 and Help will be taken over by the WCU Helpdesk which is not manned 24/7).
- Canvas Migration FAQ
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