Defining Notification Types

Canvas allows you to customize your notification preferences so that you are only notified about things that are important to you and are not notified about things that are unimportant.

What do the different notifications mean?

Course Activities
Due Date
    You will be notified when your instructor changes the due date of an assignment.

Grading Policies

    You will be notified when your instructor changes a grading policy, such as making an assignment worth more points.

Course Content

    You will be notified when your instructor changes any course page, such as embedding a video into a page.

Files
    You will be notified when a new file is posted to a course or when a file is modified.

Announcement
    You will be notified when an instructor posts an announcement.

Grading
    You will be notified when your instructor has modified or entered a new grade for an assignment.

Invitation
    You will be notified when you are invited to join a course.

All Submissions

    You will be notified when students submit an assignment in a course you teach.

Late Grading

    You will be notified when students in a course you teach submit a late assignment.

Submission Comment
    You will be notified when an instructor or peer comments on one of your submissions.


Discussions

Discussion Entry
    You will be notified when someone replies to a discussion you’ve participated in.

Discussion
    You will be notified when new discussion topics are created.


Communications
Added to Conversation
    You will be notified when you are added to a conversation.

Conversations Message

    You will be notified when you receive a new message.


Scheduling

Student Appointment Signups
    You will be notified when a student signs up for an appointment in a course you teach.

Appointment Signups
    You will be notified when there is a new appointment to sign up for.

Appointment Cancellations
    You will be notified when one of your appointments is cancelled.

Appointment Availability
    You will be notified when an appointment time slot is changed.

Calendar
    You will be notified when an instructor changes a calendar event.


Groups
Membership Update
    You will be notified when you are invited to join a group.

Alerts

Alerts
    You will be notified when you receive an alert.

Administrative Notifications
    
    You will be notified when you receive an administrative alert.


When setting your notifications, keep in mind the frequency with which you want to receive emails from Canvas. Certain activities—such as changes to course pages, comments on topics, and new messages—may happen frequently, so it is recommended that you elect to receive such notifications on, at most, a daily basis. Other notifications—such as calendar and due date changes, invitations to join courses, new grades, and changes to grading policy—are likely to be less frequent but more urgent messages, so it is recommended that you elect to receive such notifications right away. You can learn how to set your notifications here.