Canvas Announcements: Overview

Instructors in a Canvas course have the ability to send Announcements to students in their course. Announcements are found in the Course Navigation of each Canvas course site. This is a one way communication tool to send important updates and information to your students.

Why use Canvas Announcements?

  • Send important updates and information to all students in a single post
  • Set up announcements in advance to automatically send at a specific date and time
  • Students receive email notification with the announcement attached

Use Cases for Canvas Announcements

A non-exhaustive list outlining what Instructors can use the Canvas Announcement tool to communicate include:

  • Changes in course meeting dates and times
  • Reminders to complete upcoming assignments / assessments
  • Sharing additional course and extra-curricular materials
  • Weekly class introductions and wrap-ups

How do I get started using Canvas Announcements?

To learn more about how to use Canvas Announcements, please reference:

What will my students see?

By default, students will receive a notification email when new announcements are posted.

Emails generated from Canvas Announcements will have limited formatting carried over to the emailed message. Formatting that will be preserved includes:

  • Making text bold, italics, underlined
  • Ordered Lists
  • Unordered Lists
  • Hyperlinks

Students can also access a history of all posted announcements by going to "Announcements" in the Course Navigation.

For more help, please contact [email protected].