Notification Types

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The following table lists all of the notifications that the system can produce, along with the users who will receive them and under which circumstances. It also lists the module in which each notification appears.

Notification Types
Events Recipients Important Module Description
Announcement Available Course instructors and students No What's New Issued when an announcement is created. If the instructor chooses to override user notification settings when creating the announcement, the notification will ignore any user settings that may preclude its delivery and will be delivered immediately.
Assignment Available Course instructors and students. For group assignments, only students in the group will receive this notification. No What's New An assignment has become available.
Assignment Due Course students. For group assignments, only students in the group will receive the notification. Yes What's Due Issued when a user submits an assignment that has a due date.
Assignment Past Due Course instructors and students Yes What's Due Alerts An assignment was not submitted by its due date. This notification will be generated after the due date passes.
Assignment Submitted Course instructors. For group assignment submissions, all students in the group will also receive a notification. No What's New (for students/group assignments)

Needs Attention (for instructors)

An assignment has been submitted. All the students involved in a group assignment will receive this notification in the What's New module when that assignment is submitted. Students do not receive this notification for individual assignment submissions.

Instructors will receive this notification in the Needs Attention module, for both individual and group assignments.

Assignment Submitted Late Instructors. For group assignments submissions, all students in the group will also receive a notification. No What's New (for students/group assignments)

Needs Attention (for instructors)

An assignment has been submitted after the due date. All the students involved in a group assignment will receive this notification in the What's New module when that assignment is submitted. Students do not receive this notification for individual assignment submissions.

Instructors will receive this notification in the Needs Attention module, for both individual and group assignments.

Attempt Edited The student who submitted the attempt. If this is a group attempt, all students in the group will receive the notification. No What's New The details of an existing attempt were edited.
Content Item Available Courses instructors and students Yes What's New One of the following types of content item is available:
  • Audio
  • Blank page
  • Course document
  • Web link
  • Image
  • Learning module
  • Lesson plan
  • Syllabus
  • Video
Course/Organization Available Course instructors and students Yes What's New Issued as soon as a course is created. Unlike all other notifications in the system, this notification cannot be turned off. If the notification system is active, this notification will always be sent to everyone enrolled in the course.
Retention Center Course instructors N/A What's New A list of Retention Center notifications.

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Gradable Item Due Course students Yes What's Due An item represented by a column in the Grade Center is due. The column must have a due date to generate this notification. Assignments and tests will not generate this notification even if they have columns in the Grade Center.
Gradable Item Past Due Course students and instructors Yes What's Due Alerts An item represented by a column in the Grade Center is overdue. The column must have a due date to generate this notification. Assignments and tests will not generate this notification even if they have columns in the Grade Center.
Grade Cleared The student who received the grade that is being cleared No What's New A grade has been cleared.
Item Graded The student being graded. No What's New A grade was entered for an item represented by a Grade Center column.
Survey Available Course instructors and students No What's New A survey has become available.
Survey Due Course students Yes What's Due Issued when a user submits a survey that has a due date.

Users sometimes receive both Survey Available> and Survey Due notifications.

Survey Overdue Course instructors and students Yes What's Due Alerts A survey was not submitted by its due date.

When the due date passes, this notification will be issued in addition to the Survey Due notification.

Survey Submitted Course instructors No Needs Attention A survey has been submitted.
Test Available Course instructors and students No What's New A test has become available.
Test Due Course students Yes What's Due Issued when a user submits a test that has a due date.
Test Overdue Course students and instructors Yes What's Due Alerts A test was not submitted by its due date. This notification will be generated after the due date passes.
Test Submitted Course instructors No Needs Attention A test has been submitted. This notification is not generated for tests that are graded automatically.
Test Submitted Late Course instructors No Needs Attention A test has been submitted after its due date. This does notification is not generated for tests that are graded automatically.
Unread Blog Posts Instructors and Students N/A What's New A count of unread blog posts. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread Blog posts
  • The number of unread blog posts per course
  • The number of unread blog posts per group.

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Unread Journal Entries Instructors and Students N/A What's New A count of unread journal entries. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread journal entries
  • The number of unread journal entries per course
  • The number of unread journal entries per group

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Unread Discussion Board Messages Instructors and Students N/A What's New A count of unread discussion board messages. This gives a user:
  • The total number of unread messages
  • The number of unread messages per course
  • The number of unread messages per group

This is not a traditional notification. It does not generate notification records, and the counts are calculated dynamically every time its associated module is displayed.

Wiki Attempt Submitted Course instructors. For group wiki submissions, all students in the group will also receive a notification. No What's New A gradable wiki entry has been submitted.

Every notification is also classified according to whether the system considers it "important," which is a somewhat nebulous term that denotes a notification that receives special treatment:

  • Important notifications are always generated, even in course import/copy/snapshot scenarios when the system is much more restrained in the notifications that it generates. To learn more, see Mass Notifications.
  • The recipient records of important notifications are never truly deleted. Instead, they are marked as Deleted and retained. All of these notifications are active by default. For performance and usability reasons, Administrators should disable the notifications that it does not want the system to generate. To learn more, see Notifications Cache.
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