This information applies only to the Ultra experience.

Students, you're in the right place!
Instructors, view activity stream information specific to instructors.
Administrators, view activity stream information specific to administrators.

Scroll through your educational news feed!

The up-to-the-minute activity stream lets you jump directly into course actions. You don't need to dig through the system, search for deadlines, or miss assignments and tests.

Your institution controls the page you visit first after you log in.

Receive reminders. View pending deadlines or overdue assignments, tests, and graded discussions. Also, the first time you open each Ultra course on any day, you may see course notices with important information.

Check your grades. Whenever your instructor grades an assignment, test, or graded discussion, you can access the grade in your stream.

Stay current. Access course messages in both the Ultra and Original Course Views.

Learn to juggle. Get a bird's eye view of your tasks across all your courses—then, prioritize!

Filter your view. Use the Filter menu and choose Show All, Assignments and Tests, Grades and Feedback, or Messages.

Your courses may appear in two views, based on what your instructors chose. You may see some activity in the stream from both views. To learn more, see Navigate a Course.


Watch a video about the activity stream

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Activity Stream shows how to access the activity stream and which items appear.


Activity stream categories

Activity stream items are grouped into four categories to make the list easier to scan:

Important: See overdue assignments, tests, graded discussions, and Ultra Course View messages from your instructors. No Original Course View messages appear here. The number of items in this section makes up the count shown by Activity Stream in the list where your name appears. If you dismiss an item in this section, you won't be able to view it again even if you sign out and sign in again. When you dismiss a stream item, the original content isn't affected. You just remove the notification from the activity stream.

Upcoming: View your top five events that will happen in the next seven days. Select Show More for a complete list. This section doesn't appear if no upcoming events are available.

Today: See everything happening and due in the next 24 hours, including institution-wide announcements about emergency notifications and updates. If your instructors added announcements, they appear here or in the Recent section.

Recent: If you haven't checked in for a bit, view stream items that were previously in the Today section over the last seven days.


Customize your stream

On your Activity Stream page, select the Stream Settings icon to open the Notification Settings panel. You can also access these settings from your profile page.

More on your profile page

The notification system is always on in the Ultra experience. You can choose which notifications you receive about activity in all your Original and Ultra courses:

  • Activity stream: Choose which activities appear on your Stream page.
  • Email: If you want to receive email notifications, add an email address to your profile page. Then, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for.
  • SMS: If you want to receive SMS text messages on your mobile phone, add a phone number to your profile page. Then, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for.

More on setting up your notifications


Both course views appear in the activity stream

The activity stream shows what's happening in your courses, whether the course uses the Original or Ultra Course View.

For the Ultra Course View, these events trigger notifications in your activity stream:

  • New courses available
  • Your instructors added content to your courses, such as assignments, tests, discussions, documents, SCORM packages, and links
  • Your instructor posted a grade for your work
  • Your instructor added events to your course
  • You received a message or reply
  • Items that are due today
  • Items that are due soon
  • Items that are past due
  • Events that are happening today
  • Events that are happening soon

For the Original Course View, these events trigger notifications in your activity stream:

  • New courses available
  • Your instructors added content to your courses, such as assignments and tests
  • You added a new blog, journal entry, or wiki page
  • Your instructors posted grades for your work
  • Your instructors added events to your courses
  • You received a course message or reply
  • Items that are due today
  • Items that are due soon
  • Items that are past due
  • Events that are happening today
  • Events that are happening soon