Canvas for Instructors


Conversations is the messaging tool within Canvas. Instructors and students may use this feature to send messages to other members of their courses.

The conversations tool can be accessed through your user inbox. To go to your inbox, click on the inbox tab from the personal menu on the left side of Canvas.

Canvas navigation side bar with inbox highlighted


On the conversations page, you will see the screen divided into two sections: your inbox and a template to send a new message.


Sending a Message

Visit the Community Canvas site for a guide on how to send a message to a user on Canvas

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Organizing Your Inbox

  • Messages that are sent to you will appear in your inbox, on the left side of the conversations page.
  • There are several ways to organize your inbox. One is by clicking the Inbox button at the top. This will bring up a menu that will allow you to view several different types of messages only (unread, starred, sent, etc.)

image of inbox drop down menu

  • You may take action with individual messages as well. Go to the message and hover over the date/time. This should make a settings button in the right corner appear.
  • Clicking on the settings button will make a drop-down menu appear. From this menu, you can mark the message as unread, star/unstar it, archive it or delete it.

image of delete button

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