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VMI Canvas Options for Distance Learning

Your Options in Canvas

Task Tool How to/Resources
Email In Canvas

NOTE: Your course must be published for students to receive announcement notifications.

You can mail all (you don't need to know your cadet's email address!) and/or individual cadets in Canvas.

  1. In Global Navigation (the gray column on the left-hand side of Canvas), click the Inbox link (it looks like a piece of paper going into a paper shredder).
  2. View the Toolbar. To send email, click on the compose icon on the top-right (it looks like a piece of paper with a pencil on it). Select the course; click on the icon to the right of the To box to choose who to send it to within your course (you can email all, selected or individual cadets); add your subject, type your text; and send.
  3. Note the attachment icon and record media icons at the bottom-left of the email dialog box.

Use the Inbox on the top-left drop down menu (it's the inverted triangle) to see unread, sent, etc. emails.

Announcements In Canvas

NOTE: Your course must be published for students to receive announcement notifications. 
NOTE: COOL FEATURE: Make your announcements show on your Canvas course homepage! See image below

  1. In Course Navigation column on the left, click on Settings; click on Course Details on the top-left; click on more options at the bottom; click on Show recent announcements on Canvas home page; and select how many of your recent announcements you want to display when your cadets open your course.

 

NOTE: There is attachments option at the bottom of the post.

  1. In Course Navigation column on the left, click the Announcements link and click on the red Add Announcement button on the top left.
  2. Use the dialog box (rich text editor box) to type your announcement. 
    1. You can make video announcements (see the adding video/lectures to your course)
    2. You can add images using the image icon (it's the icon with mountains and a sun)
    3. You can add hyperlinks to words. It's the chainlink icon
  3. Save.