Canvas includes a messaging feature that allows you to communicate with your instructors, entire classes, groups, or individuals.
  • Log into Canvas.
  • Select Inbox in the top right-hand corner of the page. You will be directed to the Conversations page.

In Conversations, you can send a message to individuals or groups.

  • Enter the names of the individual or group you would like to message in one of two ways:
    1. Begin typing the individual or group’s name in the To: field on the right half of the screen under New Messages. As you type, names will appear in a dropdown menu under the field. Once you locate the desired name, select it from the list. Their name will now appear in the To: field highlighted in blue. Click the To: field to the right of the first name and begin typing in another name to add other recipients.
    2. Select the icon on the right side of the To: field to view a list of your courses in a dropdown menu under the field. Select a course to view a list of users. You can choose whether you want to view a list of teachers or students, or if you want to view everyone—both students and teachers. Check the box next to one of the categories to include the entirety of that category in the message. Check the box next to the names of individuals to include them within the message. Scroll through the different lists and choose to include as many people in the message as you like.
  • Type your message in the Message: field directly below.
  • Check the box next to the option 'This is a group conversation. Participants will see everyone’s replies' that appears under the Messages: field if you want all recipients to be able to communicate with everyone in that group message for a full conversation. Leave the box unchecked to hide recipients’ responses to the message from each other.
  • Select Attach to attach a file to your message.
  • Select Record to record or upload audio or video to accompany your message.
  • Click the Send button when you are finished.

Recording Media

  • Select the Record link underneath the message field.
  • Select Allow to authorize Canvas to access your microphone for recording purposes.
  • Once the recorder loads, click anywhere in the white space to begin recording.
  • Click anywhere in the white space again to stop recording.
  • Click the red circle to continue recording if your recording was not complete.
  • Click the Save button if you are satisfied with your computer.

Uploading Media

  • Select the Record link underneath the message field.
  • Select the Upload Media tab.
  • Select Select Audio Upload or Select Video Upload. Browse for the file to upload from your computer.