About notification settings

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.
  • 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 Instructor mobile app installed.

Choose how and when you get notifications

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 and items ready to grade always appear in your stream.

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

  • Institution announcements
  • Course announcements
  • New content
    • Assessment added
    • Content added
  • New gradable items
  • New courses available
  • Grades need reconciliation
  • Student performance alerts
    • Students who are participating or may need help
    • Compare students' grades with their activity levels
    • Number of students falling behind
    • Number of students falling behind and absent
    • Number of students falling behind and failing
    • Number of students falling behind, absent, and failing
  • New discussion
  • New calendar event
  • New course or organization
  • Blog activity
    • Blog entry posted
    • Blog entry edited
    • Blog comment posted
  • Journal activity
    • Journal entry posted
    • Journal entry edited
    • Journal comment posted
  • 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 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 Course View
New gradable items Assignments and tests need grading
New messages Yes
New discussion messages Sent in daily email only
New content 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 and tests due

Items due: Manually added items in your gradebook
Past due items Past due assignments and tests
New courses available Yes

Restored courses

When one of your course packages is restored, you'll receive an email that details the number of new items. Select the link to go to your course.

SMS notifications

SMS notifications are available if your institution used Connect SMS Service before August 3, 2023. If this is the case, SMS notifications continue to be offered and existing SMS notification settings remain in place.

SMS notifications are no longer available for self-hosted and managed hosted institutions.

Learn more about SMS notifications


Push notifications

Push notifications are sent to a mobile device where you have the Blackboard Instructor app installed. You can manage which push notifications are sent to your mobile device in these ways:

  • Blackboard on the web: Log in to Blackboard on a web browser and navigate to your Activity Stream. Select the Stream Settings icon. From the Notification Settings panel, select the Push Notification Settings tab.
  • Blackboard Instructor app: In the app's main menu, tap Settings. Manage push notifications in the app.

Choose which push notifications you want to receive for activity in your courses:

  • New content and discussions added
  • New discussion replies