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Account Basics

Tell me about yourself

After you create an account or log in, you can update your profile information. Update your profile picture, your email address, your website address, and other profile settings. You can also change your password information, and set language preferences.


Open your profile

Open profile in Snap
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You can access your profile and set account preferences through you dashboard/profile preferences. If your institution uses the Snap design theme, select Menu > Your name > Preferences. If your institution uses another theme, select Your name > Profile > Preferences

How Preferences look in Snap
How Preferences look in another theme
 

Update your profile settings

My profile settings allow users to change basic account information and site preferences.

  1. Access your preferences.
    Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences
    Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences
  2. Select Edit profile.
  3. Determine profile preferences and make the necessary changes. Required information is marked with an asterisk.
    • Update your name information.
    • Your email address and whether to display your email address on the site.
    • Update your location and time zone as needed.
    • Select your preferred design theme for your course pages.
    • Add a description about yourself.
    • Update your picture for your profile.
    • Add any nicknames or how to pronounce your name.
    • Add any other contact information. 
  4. Select Update profile to save the changes.

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Change your password

You can update your password but not your username. If you have any issues with password changes, contact your institution's system administrator.

  1. Access your preferences.
    Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences
    Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences
  2. Select Change password.
  3. Type your Current password.
  4. Type your New password according to your institution's requirements.
  5. Type your New password again.
  6. Select Save changes.

Set your preferences

You can set several preferences for your own account, including your language preference.

Set language preferences

Select the language you want to display throughout the website. 

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences  >  Preferred language

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences  >  Preferred language

Select the language from the list.

Set editor preferences

You can set your editing tool preferences for when you need to add text to your course pages. The editors available depend on your institution.

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences > Editor preferences

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences > Editor preferences

  • Select the Text editor of your choice:
    • If you select an HTML editor such as Atto or TinyMCE, text input areas will include a toolbar with buttons for adding content.
    • If you select Plain text area, you can choose the format for text input areas, such as HTML or Markdown.

Set messaging preferences

You can set how to be notified of messages when you are logged in or out of the system.

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences > Select Messaging

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences > Select Messaging

  1. For each type of message, select the notification preferences whether you are logged in or out of the system.
    • Activity stream: If enabled, will send the notification to the users Activity stream.
    • Popup notification: If enabled, the notification will pop-up from the system tray.
    • Email: If enabled, the notification is sent as an e-mail.
    • Alert badge notification: If enabled, the notification will appear as an alert in the Alert badge.
  2. If your institution uses Jabber, you can type Jabber ID to receive Jabber instant messages.
  3. Set your Email preferences and address if different than you standard email address.
  4. Select the General settings for notifications:
    • Beep when popup notification is displayed.
    • Prevent non-contacts from messaging me.
    • Temporary disable notifications — emergency messages from site administrators will still appear.

Set blog preferences and manage blogs

If your institution uses blogs, you can set the number of entries per page, and register an external RSS blog feed.

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences

  • Set the number of blog entries — select Blog preferences and type the number of entries.
  • Register a blog — select Register an external blog, and type the RSS feed URL, name, and description.

Set badge preferences and manage badges

If your institution uses badges, you can set preferences for displaying your badges.

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences

  • Set whether to display badges — select Badge preferences and select or clear Automatically show badges I earn on my profile page.
  • Manage badges — select Manage badges, and search for the badge to update.

Set forum preferences

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences > Forum preferences

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences > Forum preferences

Open profile in Snap
Open profile in another theme
 

Advanced Forums allow you to configure settings in your user profile to manage forum subscriptions and tracking.

Locate the following settings and edit them.

  • Forum auto-subscribe: Select Yes: when I post, subscribe me to that forum to automatically subscribe to a forum when you post in any forum.
  • Forum tracking: Select Yes: highlight new posts for me to highlight unread forum posts in color when you enter a forum.