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Activity Stream

Students, you're in the right place!
Instructors, view activity stream information specific to instructors.
Administrators, view activity stream information specific to administrators.

Scroll through your educational news feed!

This information applies only to the Ultra experience.

The up-to-the-minute activity stream lets you jump directly into course actions. No digging through the system, searching for deadlines, or missing assignments.

Receive reminders. View pending deadlines or overdue assignments and tests.

Check your grades. Whenever your instructor grades an assignment or test, you can access the grade in your stream.

Learn to juggle. Get a bird's-eye view of your tasks across all your courses—then, prioritize!

Filter your view. Use the Filter By menu and choose Show All, Assignments and Tests, Grades and Feedback, Discussions, or Messages. Your filter menu may appear next to the stream page title.

Your courses may appear in two views, based on what your instructors chose. All activity appears in the stream from both views. To learn more, see Navigate a Course.


Watch a video about the activity stream

This video explains how to access the activity stream and which items appear.

Video: Activity stream


Activity stream categories

Activity stream items are grouped into four categories to make the list easier to scan:

Important: See overdue assignments and tests, and course-wide messages from your instructor. The number of items in this section make up the count shown by Activity Stream in the list where your name appears first.

Upcoming: View your top five events that will be happening in the next seven days. Edit Show More for a complete list. This section doesn't appear if no upcoming events are available.

Today: See everything happening and due in the next 24 hours, including institution-wide announcements about emergency notifications and updates. If your instructors added announcements in the Original Course View, they appear in this section.

Recent: If you haven’t checked in for a bit, view stream items that were previously in the Today section over the last seven days.


Customize your stream

You can control which activity appears in your stream. On your Stream page, select the Open Stream Settings icon to open the Settings panel.

Assignment and test due dates always appear in your activity stream, but you can hide or show these activity types:


Both course views appear in the activity stream

The activity stream shows you what's happening in your courses, whether the course uses the Original Course View or the Ultra Course View. Here's a breakdown of events that trigger notifications in your activity stream.

For courses that use the Ultra Course View, your activity stream displays the following events:

  • Your instructor added content to your course, such as assignments, tests, discussions, documents, and links
  • Your instructor posted a grade for your work
  • Your instructor added events to your course
  • You received a message or reply
  • Items are due today
  • Items are due soon
  • Events are happening today
  • Events are happening soon

If your course uses the Original Course View, these events appear in the activity stream:

  • Your instructor added content to your course, such as assignments and tests
  • You added a new blog, journal entry, or wiki page
  • Your instructor posted a grade for your work
  • Your instructor added events to your course
  • Items are due today
  • Items are due soon
  • Events are happening today
  • Events are happening soon