Canvas @ Yale

Modifying Your Default Canvas Account Notification Settings

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

Course-level notification preferences override default (account-level) notification preferences. Review the Modifying Your Canvas Course-Level Notification Settings article for more information.

Changing Default Account-Level Notification Preferences

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

  1. Click on "Account" on the Global Navigation.
  2. From the side menu that appears, click "Notifications."
  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.


Description of 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; 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 a topic you're subscribed to
New Mention New mention in a Discussion
Added to Conversation
You are added to a conversation
Conversation Message
New Inbox messages
Conversations Created By Me
You created a conversation
Student Appointment Signups*
Student appointment sign-up
Appointment Signups
New appointment on your calendar
Appointment Cancellations
Appointment cancellation
Appointment Availability
New appointment timeslots are available for signup
New and change items on your course calendar
Membership Update**
Group enrollment, and accepted/rejected
Recording Ready
A conference recording is ready
Administrative Notifications*
Course enrollment, report generated, content export, migration report, new account user, and new student group
Content Link Error*
Location and content of a failed link that a student has interacted with
Global Announcements  Institution-wide announcements (also displayed on Dashboard pages)

*Instructor and Admin only

**Admin only: pending enrollment activated

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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