Communication with Students

Sending an Announcement to Your Class

You can send a welcome message or other important announcement to your students right from your Canvas course. This ensures all students in the course receive your message. Students can view announcements directly in Canvas, the Canvas Student App, or via their Cal State LA email. 

Making announcements in Canvas

How do I add an announcement in a course?

Sending a Message to a Student

Message an individual student instead of the whole class using Conversations.

Sending messages in Canvas

How do I send a message to a user in a course in Conversations as an instructor?

Viewing Messages from Students

View messages received from students in your class. 

How do I reply to a message in Conversations as an instructor?

Sending Assignment Feedback

When grading, you can send students a message to remind them to submit their assignments or to come visit you during office hours to discuss their progress in the course directly from the Gradebook. 

Messaging students from the Gradebook
Screen when messaging students from the Gradebook

How do I send a message to my students from the Gradebook?

In addition to providing a grade, send students written feedback right from within SpeedGrader. 

Sending a student feedback in SpeedGrader

How do I leave feedback comments for student submissions in SpeedGrader?

What to learn more?

View all Canvas Guides for Announcements and Conversations