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Manage your Moodle notifications

No Junk MailOne of the new features in Moodle 2 is the ability to customize your notification preferences across Moodle. You can set this to send you an email when something changes in your Moodle courses, such as updating an activity or changing a grade. The good news is you have total control of  your settings. You can choose to receive email, choose one of the other communication methods or even receive no notifications at all (not recommended).

Notification settings

To configure notification methods for incoming messages go to: Moodle Homepage –> Settings –> My profile settings –> Messaging

My Profile Settings

View step-by-step instructions for customizing your notification options.

Notification options

There are four options for receiving notifications in Moodle. You can choose to receive all four types of notifications or none at all. You can also select a different method if you are logged into Moodle. This would be useful when you are initially building a course. Leave all the boxes unchecked to receive no notifications for a category. The messaging preferences on your profile will adjust your personal messaging preferences in all your courses.

Here are examples of each of the four types of notifications.

1. Activity stream

The Activity stream is on the lower-left side of the screen. (You may need to add the Activity stream block to your Moodle home page. Turn editing on, look at the bottom of the left column to add a block.)

Activity Stream

2. Popup notification

This notification appears on the bottom of your screen.

Message Popup

3. Email

An email will be sent to your Elon email address. You have the option to have the email sent to an alternative address.


4. Alert badge notification

This notification appears at the top of the screen, next to your name. Please note: changing your course design could hide the alert badge notification.

Alert Badge

View notifications

To access past notifications in your Messaging center, go to:  Moodle Homepage –> Home –> My Profile –> Messages

Message center

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About the author

Dan Reis is an Instructional Technologist with Elon University’s Teaching and Learning Technologies.

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