The University supports several options for communicating with your students online. Choose one method so that students know what to expect and you can track messages.

Keep in Touch with Your Students

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Set Up Your Canvas Profile for Communication

Canvas allows instructors and students to control where and when they receive notifications about Canvas activity. As you determine your communication plan, think about how notifications can support timely interactions with your students.

Provide a Forum for “Questions About This Course”

Consider setting up a discussion in Canvas for “questions about this course.” This is a space where students could seek clarification from the instructor and each other.

See the Teach Online page for more detailed information about using Canvas discussions as class activities.

Send Emails with the Canvas Inbox

The Canvas Inbox (also known as Canvas Conversations) is an email tool within Canvas.

Share Information with Canvas Announcements

Instructors can post an announcement for everyone in their courses through Canvas.

Hold Virtual Office Hours

Zoom is the University-supported online meeting tool that supports and enables real-time conversations.

Set Up Virtual Office Hours or Meet Individually with Students

  1. Create a calendar event in Canvas.
  2. Attach a Zoom meeting invite to provide a virtual space that any student in your course can join.

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