Canvas for Students



Chat Interface

The Canvas Chat function is an open interface that allows members of a Canvas course to communicate amongst each other in real time. Below is a diagram of the interface and a list of its features.

Canvas chat interface

  1. This is the chat area, where messages from students will appear in real time. The chat area is refreshed each day, and previous messages are recorded in the chat history (see item #3)
  2. This is the message area, where users may input messages to be sent to other members of the Canvas course. Although HTML coding do not work here, website URLs and e-mail addresses will be automatically converted to links.

    To send a message, users can hit "Enter" or "Return" on their keyboard, or click the "Send" button. Holding the "Shift" key before clicking the "Enter" or "Return" key will create a line break.
  3. This link takes users to the chat history in a new tab of the internet browser. Previous messages and conversations are listed here. These messages are sorted by date.
  4. This is the active users area, where the online course members are listed.

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Chat History

Canvas Chat history feature

The Chat History feature allows you to view past messages and conversations in Chat. As stated above, to view the chat's history, click on the history icon found above the active users list on the right side of the page.

Here, chat conversations will be organized by date and you can look through the messages by clicking on the Older and Newer arrow buttons found on either side of the date or by clicking on the interactive calendar on the right side of the page.

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