EM SC 240N
Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture

Canvas Activities


Profile and User Settings let you control your personal information in Canvas. Take a few minutes to personalize your Canvas profile by following the instructions below.

Setting Up Communications
Task Instructions
Personalize your Canvas Profile
  • Go to Canvas.
  • Click on the 'Account' link.
  • Click on the 'Profile' link.
  • Follow the instructions on the Canvas Profile and User Settings page to customize important aspects of your profile including, but not limited to your preferred email address(es) and text (SMS) contact method for course notifications, your time zone, and your profile picture.
Set your notification preferences

I use announcements as official course communication. You are expected to read them. Please make sure you are notified of all announcements by going to the Profile > Notifications tab on Canvas.

You have the option to select how, when, and for what information you would like to receive notifications. This can be very helpful when keeping track of items such as discussion posts, assignment due dates, and exams.  Feel free to visit the Canvas Notification Preference Support page (link is external) and follow the instructions for setting up your notification preferences. The video below this table provides additional information.

To ensure that your Canvas email messages forward to your regular email account immediately, check the "Notify immediately" option in Notification Preferences.

Please make sure that you are notified via email when an Announcement is posted by clicking the check mark in the appropriate email address column. Do the same for Discussion Posts.

Set your timezone
  • Go to Canvas.
  • Click on Settings in the Course navigation menu.
  • The Course Details page will open.
  • Click on Edit Settings.
  • In the Time Zone drop-down menu, select a time zone for your course.
  • Scroll down and click Update Settings.

Download the Canvas App (Suggested) For information on using the app by device, please see the following:

The following video (4:28) provides information about Canvas Notification Preferences.

112 - Notification Preferences from Canvas LMS on Vimeo.

Click for Transcript of Notification Preferences in Canvas

In this video you will learn about Notification Preferences.


To get started, click the Account link in the Global Navigation menu. Then click the Settings link. 


To add additional contact information, use the options in the Ways to Contact section.


To add an email, click the Add Email Address link. Enter your email address in the provided field and click the Register Email button. After your email has been registered, you will receive a confirmation email. To complete registration, click the link provided in the email.


To add a mobile number, click the Add Contact Method link. Enter your phone number, carrier and, if applicable, your SMS email. Then click the Register SMS button. You will then be sent a text with a short code. To confirm your phone number, enter the code in Canvas and click the Confirm button.


The Web Services section allows you to link your Canvas account with your existing Twitter, Google Drive, Skype, and LinkedIn accounts. By default, Canvas does not disclose your information to other users within the system unless you give consent. 


To change how often you receive notifications, click the Notifications link in the settings navigation menu. Notification preferences are divided into sections including: Course Activities, Discussions, Conversations, Scheduling, Groups, Alerts and Conferences. Contact methods linked to your account will be listed in individual columns. You can set notification preferences for each category and contact method separately.


To change how often you receive notifications, select one of the notification icons. To receive notifications immediately, select the checkmark icon. To receive notifications daily, select the clock icon. To receive notifications weekly, select the calendar icon. To opt out of notifications for a feature, select the X icon. Notification preferences set on this page will apply to all of your courses.


You've now completed this tutorial video on Notification Preferences. For additional information on this or any other topic about Canvas, please visit guides.canvaslms.com. You can also ask questions and engage with other Canvas users by visiting community.canvaslms.com.

Send the instructor an email through Canvas

All course-related emails must be sent through Canvas. This week, send me an email. The content is not important - you can just say hi if you want to.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Click on the Inbox tab.
  3. Click on the "Compose a New Message" icon on the top (icon with pencil).
  4. Select the course from the drop down menu.
  5. Click the person icon next to the "To:" box at the top.
  6. Click on the link that says "Teachers" and then click on "Daniel Kasper." The To: box will be auto-filled.
  7. Type in the Subject line.
  8. Type a message in the Message Body.
  9. Click Send.

You can send emails to anyone enrolled in the course this way.

Subscribe to the "HAVE A QUESTION" discussion in Canvas

Most discussion forums have "subscriptions" enabled. If you subscribe to a forum, you will receive an email every time someone posts to the forum. This forum will be the primary place for questions about the course, so it will benefit you to subscribe to it. You can unsubscribe at any time.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Click on Discussions (or the Modules tab).
  3. Locate the "HAVE A QUESTION? Ask it here!" discussion. Next to it, you will see a "bookmark" icon. When you hover over it, it says "Subscribe to HAVE A QUESTION? Ask it here!" Click on the icon to subscribe to the discussion.

(Strongly Suggested) Subscribe to the "Coffee Shop" discussion in Canvas

This forum is a place where you can share any bits of information that are related to the course (or not) but are not necessary parts of the course content. Feel free to share articles, videos, pictures, cartoons, whatever. Think of this as a kind of digital "hang out" spot. This is not graded. I will look at it frequently, and sometimes post.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Click on Discussions or the Modules tab.
  3. Locate the "EM SC 240N Coffee Shop" discussion. Click on the bookmark icon to subscribe to the discussion.

Take the Orientation Quiz - You must pass this to open up Lesson 1

There is a quiz based on the orientation material. I designed this quiz to highlight key elements of the syllabus. As part of this quiz, you will have to know how to calculate a grade based on a grading rubric. See the rubric page to make sure you understand how a rubric is used to calculate a grade. You must get 100% on this quiz to open up Lesson 1. In addition, this quiz grade will count as an official quiz grade. You can take this as many times as you want until you get the grade that you want. You can take as much time as you need until the due date, and once you start, the quiz auto-saves, so you can start it and continue later. Most or all other quizzes will only allow one attempt.

Introduce Yourself

I want this course to be as personalized as possible for everyone, and I'd like everyone to feel like they are part of a group (because you are!). Sadly, it's easy to forget that there are living, breathing people behind the typing. So, please have some fun with these introductions, and try to read as many of the others as possible. This will count for 2% of your final grade. For full credit, simply follow all the instructions. I recommend looking at the rubric for this by clicking on the drop-down menu at the top right corner of the assignment and clicking 'show rubric'. Don't forget to comment on two others' posts for full credit. Also, please consider posting a video introduction! This will help the course feel more personal.

  1. Go to EM SC 240N in Canvas.
  2. Click on Modules.
  3. Locate the Personal Introductions Discussion in the Orientation module.
  4. Click on "Reply" under the discussion topic.
  5. Follow the instructions.