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Notifications Dashboard

If your institution licenses community engagement, notifications for all courses a user is enrolled in are compiled and appear 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 appear on the page, and to receive email notifications.

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By default, the Notifications Dashboard displays the following modules. 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 who have past due items and who have generated Retention Center alerts.
  • What's New: Displays a list of new items in all relevant courses and organizations. Instructors, TAs, and graders see new tests and assignments that have been submitted. They also see new discussion board posts, blog entries, journal entries, and course messages. Students see new posts, new course messages, new grades posted, and new content that is available.
  • To Do: Displays the status (Past Due/Due) of relevant course work. Students see 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

You can expand, collapse, or open each module in a new window. You add new modules and drag them to rearrange them.

You can expand each item in a module to show the item's individual notifications. For the communication tools, click the notification title to go 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: Go 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

By default, a link to course Home Page appears on the course menu. The Home Page is similar to the Notifications Dashboard, but it displays notification modules for that course only. You can delete your course Home Page. User settings for notifications also apply to the notifications appearing on the Home Page.