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Default Notification Settings

Administrator can prefill users' default notification choices. Users can customize these default selections, depending on the setting. Administrators can also override all users' personal settings.

Administrators also control the email format — individual or daily digest — and the number of days before the removal of a notification. To learn more, see Setting Notification Options.

How to Set Default Notification Settings

From the Administrator Panel under Courses, select Course Settings. Click Default Notification Settings.

You can use Bulk Notification Settings to change users' default options for all notifications within a particular distribution method all at once. Use the Settings section to change users' default options for individual notification types.

  • Default On or Default Off presets a user’s choice with the option for the user to change it. Changing a setting from Default On to Default Off or Default Off to Default On does not change any user's existing personal settings.
  • Always On or Always Off changes all users’ personal settings regardless of their previous settings and prevents users from changing the setting. Changing from a Default setting to an Always setting and back to a Default setting does not restore a user's previous choice from when the setting was set to Default.

Always On is never permitted for SMS or Text-to-Voice notifications. Administrators cannot force users to receive these message types; users must always opt in.

How Users Modify Their Notification Settings

Within the parameters set by the administrator, individual users can configure which notifications they receive and choose how they receive their notifications:

  • From the global navigation menu, select Settings and click Edit Notifications Settings.

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  • From the global navigation menu, select Updates and click the gear icon in the upper right corner. At the bottom of the Show/Hide Notifications menu, click View Notification Settings.

Notification settings can be edited for a single course or for multiple courses in bulk.