Differences between an announcement and an Inbox conversation

 

 

Announcements

Inbox Conversations

Recipient Options

  • All course participants

  • Specific Sections 

  • All course participants

  • Specific sections

  • Specific groups

  • Individuals

  • Role based

Message Location

Within Canvas course

Within Canvas

Notifications

Notify immediately

Notify immediately

Can the whole class see the message? 

Yes, possible.

Yes, possible.

Can be deleted? 

 Yes (can't retract notification) 

No, only from your view 

 Rich Content Editor

 Yes

No 

Can students respond?

 Yes/No - instructor can restrict students from responding

Yes 

 Multiple Attachments

 No, but can embed multiple downloadable files

 Yes

Draft mode

Yes - delay posting (can edit up until the post date and time)

No 

 

Guides

Create an announcement in a course

Send a message using Inbox