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Streams and Alerts

Keep up-to-date on course events and messages. Enabling various types of notifications for important events. You can customize the types of notifications you wish to receive and when you would like to receive them. Notifications can be delivered when on and offline via the Activity stream, popup notification, email and alert badge.

Activity Stream

Keep track of important course activities.

The Activity stream is a live stream of course activity and an easy way to keep track of important course activities.

If you are using Snap, you don't need the Activity stream. You can track all important activities for all of your courses in your Personal menu. There is also a recent activity stream in the course footer.

If you are not using Snap, the My home/My Moodle page is the perfect place to add the Activity stream block. This allows you to view the most recent activity from all of your courses in one place.

Streams and Alerts deliver event information based on the settings in message center preferences. You can determine your message preferences for Streams and Alerts in your profile settings.

When selecting what messages to send to the Activity stream and what messages you would like to receive Alerts for, keep in mind that you may want to make important messages Alert notifications and less important messages Activity stream notifications.

Example: You may want to know about things like Joule Gradebook messages and messages about a recent activity that has been graded without having to navigate to your Activity stream, if so, set them up as Alert notifications. If there are less important messages, set them up as Activity stream notifications, that way you check them when you have time to review your Activity stream.


Alerts are almost the same as streams. Alerts are triggered by various course events, but are most likely important enough that you want to know about them without having to navigate to the My home/My Moodle page to view the stream. When there is a new alert, the Alert badge will display a number indicating how many alerts are in your queue. The Alert badge is located at the top of the page and is automatically loaded when you use the Express theme. The Alert badge can be moved to a different location on your page by editing your Express theme.

Click on the alert badge to display a list of alerts.

Event Monitoring

Receive notification when certain events happen in Moodle.

Create a rule for the event to be monitored and then a user, such as the admin or teacher, need to subscribe to it to be notified.

More on events on the Moodle website (may be available in English only)