Canvas notifications can be personalised based on your individual preferences. You can choose for Canvas to send personalised notifications as email or text message alerts so you don't miss out on important course information and keep track of updates or activity from each of your courses, such as, due dates, announcements and grades.
Your notification preferences will determine:
- What Canvas notifies you about
- When it will notify you and how often
- How Canvas updates you - via email, text message or both.
It’s important you understand how to manage Canvas notifications to ensure you receive important messages quickly, while limiting others to avoid being inundated.
How to set up your notification settings
The table below shows the types of Canvas notifications that exist, and how RMIT recommends you set up your notification preferences.
Change your notification preferences by logging in to Canvas, then, in the left-hand navigation menu, click Account > Settings > Notifications.
Check out this Canvas Community post for more information about notifications.
Please note: these settings apply to all your courses. If you would like to set your notifications for individual courses, you can find out how by watching this course-level notification preferences instruction Canvas video.
Recommended notification settings
|Course activities||Explainer||Email notification||Text notification|
|Due date||Due date changes for assignments and quizzes||Immediately||No|
|Grading policies||Changes made to assignment weighting, points, grading scheme, grading status||Send weekly||No|
|Course content||Changes made to pages, assignments or quiz content||Send daily or send weekly||No|
|Files||Files are added to a course||Send weekly or do not notify||No|
|Announcement||When a new announcement in your course is created||Immediately||Yes|
|Announcement created by you||There is a reply to your announcements||Send daily or weekly||No|
|Grading||Grade changes in the course. Including entering or changing a submission grade and posting assignment grades||Immediately||Yes|
|Invitations||Invitations to web conferences, collaborations, groups, peer reviews, and peer review reminders||Send daily or weekly||No|
|Submission comment||Assignment submission content||Send daily||No|
|New topic||A new discussion topic thread is created||Send daily||No|
|New reply||New replies on topics you are subscribed to||Send Immediately||No|
|New mention||You are mentioned in a discussion thread||Send Immediately||No|
|Reported reply||Your activity in a discussion thread has been reported||Send Immediately||No|
|Added to Conversation||You are added to a conversation||Send weekly or do not notify||No|
|Conversation message||New Canvas inbox message||Send weekly or do not notify||No|
|Conversations created by me||You create an internal Canvas email||Do not notify||No|
|Appointment signups||A new appointment is created in your calendar||Send daily or Send weekly||No|
|Appointment cancellations||Appointments are cancelled||Send daily or Send weekly||No|
|Appointment availability||Applies to changes to appointment time slots||Send daily or Send weekly||No|
|Calendar||New calendar events are created or changed||Send daily or Send weekly||No|
|Recording ready||A conference recording is ready||If used send daily||No|
|Global announcements||Institution-wide announcements (also displayed on dashboard)||Immediately||No|
Can I change my notification settings from the recommended settings?
Yes, the above information is a recommendation only. You can change your notification settings at any time. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure the settings are appropriate for their course.