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Notifications

If you want a breakdown of what has happened in your course room for the past week, want to know immediately when students submit their assignments late or if you are annoyed by all emails that you get from Canvas, then you might need to look at your notification settings. Here we go through what you can change and where you do it.

Personalized notifications

Notifications let you know that something has changed in Canvas and are often sent as an email. Notifications for a course are set based on what is set at account level, with priority of course level over account level settings. This means that settings that are made on your account will be applied on each course that you join, but if you make changes in a course, those settings will only apply for that specific course. There are also some settings at account level that do not exist on course level, those that are about the inbox and calendar. 

At E-learning we recommend that you set up your notifications the way you usually want them on your account and then adjust the settings for each course if needed.

Find the notification settings

Account level

  1. Click on “Account” found at the top of the Canvas global menu.
  2. Click on “Notifications” in the menu that pops up.

Course level

  1. Go to the home page of your course.
  2. Click the button “View Course Notifications” in the sidebar (usually to the right or at the bottom of the page).

Understanding the notification settings

Events in the table

Notification settings are shown in a table and show the various events that create notifications as well as all ways to contact you that Canvas has saved, i.e. the email and phone number connected to your account.

Events that create notifications are separated into groups, “Course activity” and “Alerts” for example. All events have a short name for each notification that often aren’t self-explanatory, but if you put your mouse pointer over the short name, a much better explanation is shown. For example, under “Course activity” you can see the notification setting for “Invitation”, but if you put your mouse pointer over the name you get the description “Invitation for: Web conference, group, collaboration, peer review and reminder”. We will not go through the different events here since it would only be a copy of the extended explanations.

If you're unsure if you need notifications for certain things, try activating the notification and see if it affects you. Otherwise, turn it off again.

Notification frequency and notification symbols

First and foremost, if you wish to turn off all notifications from a course, there is a setting at the start of “Course notifications settings” called “Enable Notifications for [Course name]”. The setting is activated by default, but if you click it all notifications will be turned off for that specific course. If you wish to turn off all notifications on account level, then you have to go through each notification one by one.

There are four different symbols in the columns for your different ways to contact that quickly give you an overview on how often you will receive notifications from them. These are shown below.

Symbol for notification: green bell

Notify immediately

Symbol for notification: a green week calendar

Weekly summary

Symbol for notification: a green day calendar with the number three

Daily summary

Symbol for notification: a non-colored, crossed out bell.

Notifications off

To change notification type, press the symbol and choose in the drop-down menu what kind of notification type you want to have. It will be saved as soon as you make the choice. 

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