Why Does Canvas Send Multiple Notifications

If you’re a regular user of Canvas, you may have encountered instances where you receive multiple notifications for the same event. In this blog post, we will explore why this happens and how you can manage your Canvas notifications effectively.

Why does Canvas send multiple notifications?

Canvas is designed to keep you updated about every single activity related to your courses. These activities may include assignments, announcements, discussions, files, grading, and even course content. The system will notify you about all these activities based on your notification preferences.

There are several reasons why you may receive multiple notifications from Canvas. Let’s explore them:

  1. Different types of activities: Canvas separates notifications for different types of activities. For example, if an instructor posts a new assignment and a new announcement at the same time, you will receive two separate notifications.
  2. Multiple roles: If you have multiple roles (for example, a student and a teacher), you’ll get separate notifications for each role.
  3. Multiple courses or sections: If you belong to multiple courses or sections within a course, you’ll get separate notifications for each.
  4. Notification preferences: Your notification settings can also contribute to multiple notifications. If you’ve set up Canvas to send notifications to multiple channels (like email, SMS, and push notifications), you may get the same notification on all these channels.

Managing Canvas Notifications

You can manage your notification preferences in Canvas to control the frequency and types of notifications. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Go to your Account and click on Notifications.
  2. You will see a list of activities with four icons next to each: notify me right away, daily summary, weekly summary, or don’t send.
  3. Click on the appropriate icon next to each activity to set your preference.

Note that these preferences apply to all courses you are enrolled in.

In conclusion, while multiple notifications from Canvas can sometimes seem overwhelming, they are designed to ensure you stay up-to-date with all activities related to your courses. By understanding why these notifications occur and how to manage them, you can make the most out of your Canvas experience.