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Modifying Your Canvas Course-Level Notification Settings

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Within Canvas @ Yale, you can modify your notification preferences to determine how frequently you receive email notifications from individual Canvas @ Yale course sites. Your account-level notification settings are your default notification preferences, which will be used in all Canvas courses.

Account-level notification settings are overridden by course-level notification preferences. Review the Modifying Your Default Canvas Account Notification Settings article for more information.

Changing Course-Level Notification Preferences

Notifications received from Canvas to your email address will come from "[Course Name] <[email protected]>"

  1. In the course site where you want to update your notification settings, navigate to the "Home" page.
  2. Click the "View Course Notifications" button in the right-hand column of options.
  1. Next to each notification item in the list, click the icon in the "Email" column to select the notification frequency.

Notification Frequency Icons

  1. Notify Immediately (solid bell): Receive notification email right away.
    1. Notifications will be delayed one-hour to capture any changes, which prevents multiple notifications at the same time.
  2. Daily summary (calendar with number): Daily notification via email.
    1. Daily notifications will be delivered around 6pm.
  3. Weekly summary (calendar with date boxes): Weekly notification via email.
    1. Weekly notifications will be delivered Saturday between 4pm and 6pm.
  4. Notifications off (clear bell with slash): Does not send notification email for that item.

Enable / Disable Notifications For an Entire Course

You can choose to enable / disable notifications for an entire course you are enrolled in by toggling the "Enable Notifications" setting at the top of the "Course Notification Settings" page for the course.

  • If the toggle button is green with a check mark, you have enabled notifications for the course.
  • If the toggle button is gray with an x, you have disabled notifications for the course.

Description of Course-Level Notification Types

Please see below for the description of each notification type. 

Notification Type
What functionality is covered
Course Activities
Due Date
Assignment due date change
Grading Policies
Course grading policy change
Course Content
Change to course content including: Pages, Quiz Content, Assignment Content
New files added to your course
New announcements in your course
Announcements Created By You
New announcements created by you, and replies to announcements you've created
Includes: Assignment/submission grade entered/changed; Grade weight changed
Invitation for: Web conference; Group; Collaboration; Course Enrollment Invite; Peer Review reminder
All Submissions*
Assignment submission/resubmission
Late Grading*
Late assignment submission
Submission Comment
Assignment submission comment
Blueprint Sync*
Content was synced from a blueprint course to associated courses
New Topic New discussion topic in your course
New Reply New reply on a topic you're subscribed to
New Mention New mention in a discussion
Student Appointment Signups*
Student appointment sign-up
Appointment Signups
New appointment on your calendar
Appointment Cancellations
Appointment cancellation
Appointment Availability
New appointment time slots are available for signup
New and change items on your course calendar
Recording Ready
A conference recording is ready

*Instructor and Admin only

For more technical details about each notification setting, please refer to the vendor's Canvas Notifications documentation, which provides a much more detailed explanation of the notification settings and behaviors.

For Account-level notification setting recommendations, please refer to the articles below:

For general help, please contact [email protected].

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