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The notification system alerts you when events occur in your courses, such as when items are due, grades are available, new content and tests are made available, and when you have unread discussions and blogs. Notifications are generated automatically whenever their associated events occur.

Your institution determines if notifications are enabled and the settings that users are allowed to control.

Notifications are delivered in the following ways:

  • My Blackboard: The Updates page displays notifications for all of your courses and the Posts page displays unread discussions, blogs, journals, and wikis.
  • Email messages: Select this option if your institution enables this feature.
  • Home Page modules: Within a course, Home Page modules display notifications for that course only.
  • Blackboard app push notifications: You can opt to have push notifications pop up on your device's screen.
  • Notifications Dashboard: If your institution licenses community engagement, the Notifications Dashboard appears on the My Institution tab as an additional way to see notifications for all courses.

Notification Settings

You can manage the notification settings for all of the courses you are enrolled in. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Edit Notifications Settings.

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  1. Edit General Settings: Select your email format—individual messages for each notification or daily digest—and the reminder schedule for due dates.
  2. Bulk Edit Notification Settings: Change the notification settings for all of your courses at once. You can select which notification types you want to receive and the method of delivery.
  3. Edit Individual Course Settings: Change the notification settings for a single course.
  4. Edit Individual Organization Settings: Change the notification settings for a single organization.

How to Select General Notification Settings

The general settings enable you to specify whether you want to receive notifications by email and if you want due date reminders.

  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Edit Notifications Settings.

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  2. On the Edit Notification Settings page, click Edit General Settings.
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  3. On the General Settings page, you can choose to receive an email for each notification or a daily digest email that compiles all of the notifications for that day.
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    • Individual Messages: Emails are sent for each notification. The exception to this is that the digest selection is necessary for email notifications for unread discussion board messages, unread blog posts, and unread journal entries.
    • Daily Email Digest: All notifications are collected and sent once per day at a time set by your institution.
  4. Click Yes to set due date reminders for notifications. Set the number of days before the due date you want to be notified. This email reminder is sent as a digest email or as individual emails, depending upon the option you select.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Turn Notifications On and Off and Select Delivery Methods

You can select which notification types you receive and the methods used to deliver them to you.

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  1. From the global navigation menu, click Settings, and then click Edit Notification Settings.
  2. On the Edit Notification Settings page, select the link for Courses I am taking to change notification settings for all courses at once.

    Alternatively, you can make selections for individual courses by selecting a course name under Edit Individual Course Settings. The Current Notification Settings page appears and provides the same options.
  3. On the Change Settings page, check that your Notification Destinations. This is the location that the notifications will be sent.
  4. Under Settings, select how your notifications are delivered by selecting the check box at the top of a column or by selecting check boxes for individual tools or features. Remove the check mark for any notification that you do not want to receive.
    • Dashboard: By default, all notification types appear in My Blackboard's Updates and Posts pages and in course home pages. They also appear in the Notifications Dashboard if your institution licenses Community Engagement.
    • Mobile: This column appears if your institution has enabled Blackboard Mobile Learn. Choose which push notifications you want to appear on your mobile device. Push notifications appear on your device's screen without having to open the Blackboard app.
    • Email: Email notification messages are sent to the email address you provided in your Personal Information. This is set as your @Buffs.wtamu.edu email account.
  5. After making your notification selections, click Submit.

Most Email and mobile notifications are turned off by default. If you wish to receive notifications in these ways, you need to select them.

For the following items, you can select email notifications only if daily digest email is selected in Edit General Settings. If you have not selected daily digest email, the selection box for these items is not available:

  • Unread discussion board messages
  • Unread blog posts
  • Unread journal entries

Notification Types

The types of notifications that Blackboard Learn generates are:

  • Announcement Available
  • Assignment Available
  • Assignment Due or Past Due
  • Assignment Needs Grading
  • Content Item Available
  • Course/Organization Available
  • Course Message Received
  • Discussion Board Forum Needs Grading
  • Discussion Board Thread Needs Grading
  • Item Due
  • Item Graded
  • Journal or Blog Needs Grading
  • Survey Available
  • Survey Due
  • Survey Overdue
  • Test Available
  • Test Due
  • Test Overdue
  • Unread Blogs, Journals, and Discussions
  • Wiki Needs Grading

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