Learning Technology@LJMU

Staff Guide: Communication Tools

There are many communication tools available in Canvas to help you keep in touch with your students.

Notifications can be received on a students mobile device, so think carefully about the number of announcements you send out from your course. Students have the option to manage their own notification preferences and the frequency of alerts. There are many other ways to communicate with students in Canvas. Take a look at the following tools:



Announcements allow instructors to communicate with students about course activities and post interesting course-related topics. Announcements are designed to allow instructors to broadcast information out to all members of a course.

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The Chat tool in Canvas allows students and teachers to interact in real time. Any user in the course can participate in a chat conversation and view all chat content. Currently there is no load limit for a course chat, but larger numbers of course users may affect performance.

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Discussion Board

Canvas provides an integrated system for class discussions, allowing both instructors and students to start and contribute to as many discussion topics as desired. Discussions allows for interactive communication between two or more people; users can participate in a conversation with an entire class or group.

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The Calendar tool can also be used to communicate assignment deadlines or online activities with students. One of the challenges facing both students and instructors is keeping track of all of the assignments planned throughout the term. Instructors are teaching multiple courses and students are learning in multiple courses. Every course has its own timeline for when things need to be done. The Calendar helps everyone stay on schedule and up to date.

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Video Content and Conferencing

Learn how to connect with your students via a Video Conference.