Managing Student Messaging in ELMS-Canvas Via EMT


Students enrolled in term-based courses, as well as Open Learning courses and those made with the EMT Create Organization tool, have full access to the messaging capabilities of the ELMS Inbox Conversion tool. In addition to communicating with instructors and TAs, the tool can be used to communicate with individual students or all students enrolled in their courses.

Compose Message window in the Canvas Conversation tool

EMT manage students (and manage students, non-term based courses)

Using the Manage Student tool in the ELMS Management Tool (EMT) set, instructors can manage students’ ability to message other students in a term-based course space (e.g., Fall 2020). The tool provides the following options:

Managing messaging permissions for term-based courses

To manage messaging permissions in ELMS-Canvas term-based courses using EMT, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://emt.umd.edu. Log in with your Directory credentials.
  2. Click on the Manage Students link.
  3. Select a Term from the term menu.
  4. Click on the Load courses from SIS button.
  5. Click once on the course for which you wish to manage student messaging permissions. Click the go button.
  6. Select the student messaging permission you wish to apply to this ELMS-Canvas course.

    Select the student messaging permission radio button.

  7. Click the Update student messaging permissions button. This request can take up to two hours to complete.

Managing messaging permissions for non-term-based courses

To manage permissions for courses delivered through Open Learning (Open Catalog), or that are created using the Create Organizations tool, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://emt.umd.edu. Log in with your Directory credentials.
  2. Click on the Manage Students, Non-Term Based Courses link.
  3. Select a Term from the term menu and choose between Catalog, Organization, Non-Credit Workshop/Course or Non-Term Based Course.
  4. Click on the Load courses from Canvas button.
  5. Click once on the course for which you wish to manage student messaging permissions. Click the go button.

    Select course type in Manage Students for Non-term based courses
  6. Select the student messaging permission you wish to apply to this ELMS-Canvas course.
  7. Click the Update student messaging permissions button. This request can take up to two hours to complete.