This information applies only to the Original experience. Your institution controls which tools are available.

The Notifications Dashboard is one way you may be able to view notifications for all the courses you teach or are enrolled in. If your institution uses it, the Notifications Dashboard appears as a secondary tab on the My Institution tab.

Information is presented in boxes called modules, such as My Announcements, To Do, Needs Attention, and What's New. The system generates the information in each module.


Types of notification modules

By default, the Notifications Dashboard displays these modules. You can add more modules.

  • Needs Attention: Displays all items in a course that require some type of interaction. Instructors, teaching assistants (TAs), and graders see student submissions that need grading such as assignments, tests, surveys, discussion posts, and journal and blog entries. TAs and graders see student submissions that need grading such as assignments, tests, surveys, discussion posts, and journal and blog entries.
  • Alerts: Displays past due and Retention Center alerts for all courses. Instructors, TAs, and graders see the users in each course who have past due items and who have generated Retention Center alerts. TAs and graders see the users in each course who have past due items and who have generated Retention Center alerts.
  • What's New: Displays a list of new items in all relevant courses and organizations. Instructors, TAs, and graders see new tests and assignments that have been submitted. They also see new discussion posts, journal and blog entries, and course messages. Students see new posts, new course messages, new grades posted, and new content that is available. TAs and graders see new tests and assignments that have been submitted. They also see new discussion posts, journal and blog entries, and course messages. Students see new posts, new course messages, new grades posted, and new content that's available.
  • To Do: Displays the status (Past Due/Due) of relevant coursework. Students see grade items that have listed due dates in two categories—what's past due and what's due in the future. Links to relevant course items are provided.

Turn off notifications

By default, notifications are on for the system. If your institution turns off notifications, you can't turn them on.

If you don't want to receive notifications, you can turn off one or more of them.

More on notification settings


How to work with notification modules

You can expand, collapse, or open each module in a new window. You add new modules and drag them to rearrange them.

You can expand each item in a module to show the item's individual notifications. For the communication tools, select the notification title to go directly to the tool. Each notification has its own menu.

Working with notification modules
Feature Action Available
Menus Expand All: Displays all the items in a module.

Collapse All: Collapses all the items in a module.

Dismiss All: Removes all the notifications in a module.
Edit Notification Settings In the Original experience only, choose which notifications are delivered to you and by which method.
Personalize Page Change the color theme.
Each notification's menu View Details or Open: Go directly to the notification's course area such as the Retention Center, discussions, or the Grade Center to see the details of the notification.

Refresh: Check for new items, such as new discussion messages, since the module last refreshed.

Dismiss: Remove the notification from the module. The notification is deleted, but the item remains in your course.

Home Page

By default, your Original course includes a Home Page on the course menu. The Home Page is a course module page. You can rename or delete this page, and create other course module pages. You also choose which modules appear.

Course module pages contain details about new content and due dates for the course you're in.

User settings for notifications also apply to the notifications that appear on the Home Page.

More on course module pages