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In this video, you will learn how to communicate with your students using Announcements, Discussions, Conversations, Gradebook, and Speedgrader.
Announcements are a great way to communicate a public message to all users in a course. Click “Announcements” in the course navigation.
To start a new announcement, click the “Make an announcement” button.
Fill in the topic and announcement content.
And select the appropriate options below.
Then click “Save”. By default, students will be able to comment on course announcements. After an announcement has been created, you can close the post for comments so that students would not be able to reply to an announcement. You can also disable comments for all announcements in the course-level settings.
Watch the Announcements Overview video for more information.

Another communication tool is Discussions, which are like forums or message boards where all course or group participants can post and reply to a topic. Click “Discussions” in the course navigation to open Discussions.
To start a new discussion, click the “Add Discussion” button.
You can then create the prompts for your discussion topic using the Rich Content Editor and Content Selector.
Select the options you would like applied to this discussion.
Then click “Save”.
To make the discussion thread visible to students, you will need to publish it by clicking the “Publish” button. The button will change from gray to green and say “Published”. Note that once a discussion has posts and replies, you cannot unpublish it.
For a more detailed explanation of discussions, watch the Discussion Creation video.

Conversations is another tool you can use for communicating with your students in Canvas. Similar to email, Conversations is also sometimes called “Messages” or the “Inbox”. With this communication tool, you can can send direct messages to individuals or a custom group of people. To open Conversations, click the “Inbox” link in the Help Corner.
In your Inbox you will see a list of conversations on the left. If you have a specific conversation selected, a history of all communication with the user(s) will appear on the right.
By clicking the first dropdown menu, you can view messages by course.
By clicking the second dropdown menu, you can filter your conversations to only view unread, starred, sent, or archived messages.
When a conversation is selected, you will see the reply, reply all, archive, and delete buttons.
By clicking the settings icon, you have the options to Mark the message as Unread, Forward, or Star the message. To keep your inbox clean we recommend archiving messages instead of deleting them. Remember you can always retrieve your "archived" messages by clicking the Inbox dropdown menu.
Find messages from a specific user by typing in the “Search by user” field, or you can click the address book to search for recipients within a given class, group, or section.
Click the compose icon to start a new message.
Type one or more names in the To: field...
… or click the address book icon to search a course, section or group to find the users you would like to message.
Then, type your message in the Message: box.
Add an attachment to your message...
… or add a video or audio comment by clicking the buttons in the bottom left corner.
Then click “Send”.

If you want to leave assignment-specific feedback for your students, you can leave a text comment directly in the Gradebook. Comments left in the Gradebook can be seen within the Discussion portion of Speedgrader™, as well as in the Conversations inbox. Open the Gradebook by clicking “Grades”.
Click the Speech Bubble in the corner of a cell to open the comment window.
Type your comment in the “Add a comment” field...
… and click the “Post Comment” button to save and post your comment. When there is more than one comment for an assignment, comments will be listed in chronological order with the oldest comments appearing at the top and the newer comments appearing near the bottom...

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