Emailing students via Canvas is one of the biggest functional differences from Blackboard. Here are some of the most common questions.
How do I email my class through Canvas?
Canvas messages are sent through the Conversations tool. (Look for the Inbox link in the upper-right-hand corner.) You can send a message to your whole class or selected individuals or groups. Students will get the messages in their Canvas inboxes and through the notification method they have selected. The default for new messages is an immediate email, but students have the option of adjusting their notification settings and not receiving these messages as emails.
If you want your students to receive your message as an immediate email and not through another method, try the ISC class lists. More information on this is available at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/classlist/introduction.html
I didn’t get a copy of my message. How do I know it was sent?
You can see your sent messages by going to the Inbox and switching the drop-down menu in the upper-left from Inbox to Sent.