About notification settings

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Blackboard Learn delivers notifications in these 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, text, or voice messages: You can receive notifications in these ways if your institution allows.
  • Home Page modules: Within a course, Home Page modules display notifications for that course only.
  • Blackboard app push notifications: If your institution uses the Blackboard app, you can have notifications pop up on your mobile device's screen.
  • Notifications Dashboard: The Notifications Dashboard may appear on the My Institution tab as another way to see notifications for all of your courses. Your institution can rename the tabs.

Watch a video about notifications

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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: Notification Settings shows how to set your notification options.


Notification types

Blackboard Learn notifies you when these events occur:

  • Announcements are available
  • Assignments are available
  • Assignments are due or past due
  • Content is available
  • Course or organization is available
  • Course message received
  • Item is due
  • Item is graded
  • Survey is available
  • Survey is due or past due
  • Test is available
  • Test is due or past due
  • You have unread blogs, journals, and discussions

More on Blackboard app push notifications


Edit your notification settings

Manage the notification settings for all of your courses. From the menu next to your name in the page header, select Settings and then select Edit Notifications Settings.

Your institution controls if these options are available. If your institution has defined notification settings, those settings are used instead of your personal settings.

  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 notifications you want to receive and the delivery method.
  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.

General notifications

With the general settings, you can choose if you want to receive notifications by email and if you want due date reminders.

  1. From the menu next to your name in the page header, select Settings and then select Edit Notifications Settings.
  2. On the Edit Notification Settings page, select Edit General Settings.
  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.
    • Individual Messages: Emails are sent for each notification. Note that the number of unread discussion messages, blog posts, and journal entries are always sent as daily digest emails. Your instructor can send an email about an important course announcement even if you've disabled this type of notification.
    • Daily Email Digest: All notifications are collected and sent once a day at a time set by your institution.
  4. Select Yes to set due date reminders for notifications and choose 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, based on the option you select.
  5. Select Submit.

Choose how and when you get notifications

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about choosing notification settings.

You can choose the types of notifications you receive and how they're delivered to you.

  1. From the menu next to your name in the page header, select Settings and select 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. Or, you can make selections for individual courses. Select a course name in the Edit Individual Course Settings section.
  3. On the Change Settings page, check that your Notification Destinations are correct. If not, change them in your Personal Information.
  4. In the Settings section, select how your notifications are delivered. Select the check box at the top of a column to receive all of your chosen notifications the same way. Clear the box for any notification that you don't 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 has access to the community engagement features.
    • Mobile: Choose which push notifications you want to appear on your mobile device. Blackboard app push notifications appear on your device's screen even if you don't open the app.
    • Email, SMS, and Text-to-voice: Email, SMS, and text-to-voice notification messages are sent with the information you provided in your personal information.
  5. Select Submit.

Email, mobile, SMS, and text-to-voice notifications are turned off by default. If you don't see a column for a notification method, that option isn't available at your institution.

You need to select Daily Email Digest in your general notification settings to select email notifications for these items:

  • Number of unread discussion messages
  • Number of unread blog posts
  • Number of unread journal entries

Notifications Dashboard

The Notifications Dashboard is one way you may be able to view notifications for all the courses you're 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, My Tasks, and What's New. The system generates the information in each module. In the Original Course View, module pages display notifications for the course you're in.

Inside your courses, you may see Home Page on the course menu. The Home Page is similar to the Notifications Dashboard, but it displays notification modules for the course you're in.

More about the notification modules


Blackboard app push notifications

Push notifications pop up on your mobile device for course events. The type of push notifications generated depends on whether you have the Blackboard Learn Original experience or Blackboard Learn Ultra experience.

More on Blackboard app push notifications


SMS and text-to-voice notifications

SMS (text message) and text-to-voice messages may be available at your institution. These message types are delivered by the Blackboard Learn system every 20 minutes by default. Your institution can set a delivery timeframe so that you don't send or receive messages in the middle of the night. Messages that are created outside of the delivery timeframe are held until the next time frame begins.

  • With SMS, instructors can send text messages from a Blackboard Learn course to students' mobile phones. Instructors need to initiate a message before students can reply.
  • Text-to-voice reads aloud notifications sent to your phone. This option is only available when the system default language pack is set to English or Spanish.

If your institution has set up SMS and text-to-voice messages, the features are listed on your Edit Notification Settings page. Your instructors choose whether or not to use these tools to send you notifications. You must list a mobile phone number on your Personal Information page and subscribe to SMS and text-to-voice messages in your notification settings.


ULTRA: About notification settings

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about notifications.

If you see a list where your name appears, your courses appear in the Ultra experience. The notification system is always on.

On your activity stream's Notification Settings panel, 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.
  • Push notifications: If you want to receive push notifications, choose how often and which activities you want to receive notifications for. Messages pop up on your mobile device if  you have the Blackboard app for students installed.

More on your profile page


ULTRA: Watch a video about notifications

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" video about notifications.

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: Notification Settings shows how to set your notification options.


ULTRA: Choose how and when you get notifications

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about choosing notification settings.

You can choose the types of notifications you receive and how they're delivered to you.

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.

Stream notifications

You can control which activity appears in your stream. Select the Stream Notification Settings tab to open the panel.

Notifications for due dates, grades, and feedback always appear in your stream.

Choose which notifications you receive about activity in all your Original and Ultra courses:

  • Institution announcements
  • Course announcements
  • Graded items due
    • Graded item due soon
    • Graded item past due
  • New content
    • Assessment added
    • Content added
  • Grades posted
  • New discussion
  • My grades and activity
    • No recent activity
    • Grade low or at risk
    • Grade dropped
    • Low course activity
    • Grade increased
    • Course activity in top 10%
    • Grade in top 10%
  • New calendar event
  • New course or organization
  • Blog activity
    • Blog entry posted
    • Blog entry edited
  • Journal activity
    • Journal entry posted
    • Journal entry edited
  • Wiki activity
    • Wiki page created
    • Wiki page edited
    • Wiki comment posted

You can choose to receive all or some notifications of a certain type. A checkmark appears when you select all notifications. A dash appears when you select some notifications.

Email notifications

Select the Email Notification Settings tab to open the panel.

If you haven't added an email address to your profile page, you won't see any options in the Email Notification Settings tab.

Organization activities won’t trigger email notifications.

Choose how often you want to receive emails for activities in all your Original and Ultra courses:

  • Email me right away: Receive individual notifications for each activity you choose from the list.
  • Email me once a day: All notifications are collected and sent once a day at a time set by your institution.

In the Notify me by email about these activities list, choose which notifications you want to receive:

  • New gradable items
  • New messages
  • New discussion messages
  • New content added
  • New and upcoming due dates
  • Past due items
  • New courses available

Clear all the check boxes if you don't want to receive emails about the activities in the list.

Course activity notifications by course view
Course Activity Original Course View Ultra Course View
New gradable items Assignments, tests, and surveys

Blog, journal, wiki, or discussion activity
Assignments and tests
New messages Yes Yes
New discussion messages Sent in daily email only Sent in daily email only
New content added Assignments, tests, and surveys added

Content items added
Assignments and tests added

Content items added
New and upcoming due dates

Sent when an assessment is made available and 24 hours before the due date

Also, sent when you create a manually added item with a due date
Assignments, tests, and surveys due

Items due: Manually added items in your Grade Center
Assignments and tests due

Items due: Manually added items in your gradebook
Past due items Past due assignments and tests

Past due surveys
Past due assignments and tests
New courses available Yes Yes

For Original courses only*

You'll always receive these email notifications:

  • Announcement available

You'll always receive these email notifications when you choose to receive a daily email:

  • Unread blog and journal entries
  • Unread discussion activity—for both Original and Ultra courses*

You can’t remove notifications from your daily email notification.

SMS notifications

Select the SMS Notification Settings tab to open the panel.

If you haven't added a phone number to your profile page, you won't see any options in the SMS Notification Settings tab.

Organization activities won’t trigger SMS notifications.

In the Notify me by SMS about these activities list, choose which notifications you want to receive:

  • New grades and feedback
  • New messages

Clear all the check boxes if you don't want to receive SMS text messages about the activities in the list.

Course activity notifications by course view
Course Activity Original Course View Ultra Course View
New grades and feedback Assignments, tests, and surveys

Blog, journal, wiki, or discussion activity
Assignments and tests
New messages Yes Yes

Push notifications

While logged in to Blackboard on a web browser, you can control which push notifications pop up on the mobile device where you have the Blackboard app installed. Select Push Notification Settings to choose your preferences. 

Choose which push notifications you want to receive about activity in all your Original and Ultra courses:

  • New content
  • Discussion posts and replies by your instructor
  • Discussion replies in a thread you authored
  • New grades and feedback
  • Due dates for these content types only
    • Tests
    • Assignments
    • Discussions
    • Manual grade columns
  • Additional due date reminders  - you can set up more reminders for a specific number of days prior to due dates

Due date push notifications always appear and can't be turned off like other push notification types.