How to email students

When would you use this?

You are an instructor looking to send a message to one or more students in one of your courses.



NOTE: Messages sent from Canvas will only be distributed by email once the course is published. Once the course is Published, you can use the announcements tool to send messages to the entire class, or the Canvas Inbox to send messages to different combinations of students (e.g. one student, a few students, or the whole class).

To find a list of the email addresses that your students have in their Canvas account for notifications, use the New Analytics > Reports tool as demonstrated in this video: "How to Get a Course Roster with Email Addresses from Canvas" (1:40 min).

Sending emails prior to publishing Canvas course

If you want to send emails to students but are not prepared to publish your Canvas course, then you would need to use myFramingham or Starfish. Here are instructions for both:


  1. From the hamburger menu at the top left (three horizontal lines), select Faculty and Staff > Faculty and Advisors.
  2. Under Faculty Console, select Class List Summary.
  3. Select the correct semester.
  4. Select the course.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Email class. Alternatively, you can click the envelope icon to the right of a specific student to email that one student.


  1. Click on the hamburger menu at the top right (three horizontal lines).
  2. Click Students.
  3. Under Connection, select the correct class.
  4. Select the students you want to contact by clicking the boxes to the left of their names. (Select all by clicking the first box above the list of names.)
  5. Click Message.

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Additional Information:

For assistance with Canvas, please contact

For assistance with myFramingham, please contact or call 508-215-5906.

For assistance with Starfish, please contact Lauren Keville at:


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