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Notification Types

This table lists all of the notifications that the system can produce, along with the users who will receive them and under which circumstances. It also lists the module in which each notification appears.

Notification Types
Events Recipients Important Module Description
Announcement Available Course instructors and students No What's New A new course announcement has been posted. If an instructor chooses to override user notification settings when creating an announcement, the notification will ignore any user settings that may preclude its delivery and will be delivered immediately.
Assignment Available Course instructors and students. For group assignments, all students in the group receive this notification. No What's New An new assignment is available.
Assignment Due Course students. For group assignments, all students in the group receive the notification. Yes What's Due A new assignment is due, or the due date for an old assignment has changed. This is similar to Assignment Available, but shows a new assignment with an explicit due date.
Assignment Needs Grading Course instructors. For group assignment submissions, all students in the group receive a notification. No What's New for instructors and students

Needs Attention

An assignment has been submitted.

Instructors will receive this notification in the Needs Attention and What's New modules, for both individual and group assignments.

Assignment Past Due Course instructors and students Yes What's Due

Alerts

An assignment was not submitted by its due date. This notification will be generated after the due date passes.
Blog Needs Grading Course instructors No What's New

Needs Attention

A gradable blog has been submitted.
Content Item Available Courses instructors and students No What's New One of the following types of content item is available:
  • Audio
  • Blank page
  • Course document
  • Web link
  • Image
  • Learning module
  • Lesson plan
  • Syllabus
  • Video
Course/Organization Available Course instructors and students Yes What's New Issued as soon as a course is created. Unlike all other notifications in the system, this notification cannot be turned off. If the notification system is active, this notification will always be sent to everyone enrolled in the course.
Course Message Received Course instructors and students No What's New Received a new course or organization message.
Course Quota Soft Limits Course instructors -- -- Quotas keep courses from exceeding acceptable disk space limits and warn instructors when a course is approaching the limit.
Discussion Board Threads and Forums Need Grading Course instructors No What's New

Needs Attention

A gradable discussion thread or forum has been submitted.
Gradable Item Due Course students Yes What's Due A manually-created item is due, or the item's due date has changed.
Item Graded The student being graded. No What's New A grade was entered for an item represented by a Grade Center column.
Journal Needs Grading Course instructors No What's New

Needs Attention

A gradable journal has been submitted.
Needs Reconciliation Course instructors -- Needs Attention Instructors receive notifications that grades needs reconciling after delegated graders begin providing grades.
Retention Center Rule Details Course instructors No Alerts A list of Retention Center notifications.

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically each time its associated module is displayed.

Survey Available Course instructors and students No What's New A survey has become available.
Survey Due Course students Yes What's Due Issued when a user submits a survey that has a due date.

Users sometimes receive both Survey Available> and Survey Due notifications.

Survey Overdue Course instructors and students Yes

What's Due

Alerts

A survey was not submitted by its due date.

When the due date passes, this notification will be issued in addition to the Survey Due notification.

Survey Submitted Course instructors No Needs Attention A survey has been submitted.
Test Available Course instructors and students No What's New A test has become available.
Test Due Course students Yes What's Due Issued when a user submits a test that has a due date.
Test Needs Grading Course instructors No Needs Attention A test has been submitted. This notification is not generated for tests that are graded automatically.
Test Overdue Course students and instructors Yes What's Due

Alerts

A test was not submitted by its due date. This notification will be generated after the due date passes.
Unread Blog Posts Instructors and students No What's New A count of unread blog posts. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread blog posts
  • The number of unread blog posts per course
  • The number of unread blog posts per group.

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Unread Journal Entries Instructors and students No What's New A count of unread journal entries. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread journal entries
  • The number of unread journal entries per course
  • The number of unread journal entries per group

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Unread Discussion Board Messages Instructors and students No What's New A count of unread discussion board messages. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread messages
  • The number of unread messages per course
  • The number of unread messages per group

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Wiki Needs Grading Course instructors No What's New

Needs Attention

A gradable wiki entry has been submitted.

Every notification is also classified according to whether the system considers it important.

  • Important notifications are always generated, even in course import/copy/snapshot scenarios when the system is much more restrained in the notifications that it generates. To learn more, see Mass Notifications.
  • The recipient records of important notifications are never truly deleted. Instead, they are marked as deleted and retained. All of these notifications are active by default. For performance and usability reasons, administrators should disable the notifications that it does not want the system to generate. To learn more, see Notifications Cache.