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Notifications Dashboard

If your institution licenses Community Engagement, notifications for all courses a user is enrolled in are compiled and displayed on the Notifications Dashboard, which is available as a secondary tab on the My Institution tab. The Notifications Dashboard is one of many ways users view notifications. To learn more, see Notifications.

Your institution controls the ability for users to view the Notifications Dashboard, to configure the notifications that display in the page, and to receive email notifications.

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The Notifications Dashboard displays these modules by default. Users can add more modules.

  • Needs Attention: Displays all items in a course that require some type of interaction. Instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), and graders see student submissions that need grading, such as assignments, tests, surveys, blog and discussion board posts, and journal entries.
  • Alerts: Displays past due and Retention Center alerts for all courses. Instructors, TAs, and graders see the users in each course that have past due items and who have generated Retention Center messages.
  • What's New: Displays a list of new items in all relevant courses and organizations. Instructors, TAs, and graders see any new assignments that have been submitted, tests that have been submitted, new discussion board posts, blog entries, and journal entries. Students see new discussion board and blog posts, new grades posted, new content that is available.
  • To Do: Displays the status (Past Due/Due) of relevant course work. Students see any grade items that have listed due dates in two categories, what is past due and what is due in the future. Links to relevant course items are provided.

Turn Off Notifications

By default, notifications are on for the system. If your institution turns off notifications, you cannot turn them on.

If you do not want to receive notifications, you can turn off one or more of them. To learn more, see Notification Settings.

How to Work With Notification Modules

Each module can be expanded, collapsed, or opened in a new window. You can drag modules to rearrange them and add new modules.

You can expand each item in a module to show the item's individual notifications. For the communication tools, click the notification title to navigate directly to the tool. Each notification has its own contextual menu to perform actions.

Working with Notification Modules
Feature Action Available
Actions menu

Expand All: Displays all the items in a module.

Collapse All: Collapses all the items in a module.

Dismiss All: Removes all the notifications in a module.

Edit Notification Settings Choose which notifications are delivered to you and by which method.
Personalize Page Change the color theme.
Each notification's contextual menu

View Details or Open: Navigate directly to the notification's course area such as the Retention Center, discussion board, or the Grade Center to see the details of the notification.

Refresh: Check for new items, such as new discussion messages, since the module last refreshed.

Dismiss: Remove the notification from the module. Dismissing a notification only deletes the notification, but does not delete the item from your course.

Home Pages

Links to home pages appear by default in the course menu. Home Pages are similar to the Notifications Dashboard, but they display notification modules for that course only. Instructors can delete home pages. User settings for notifications also apply to the notifications displayed in home pages.