Notifications

Notifications








Notifications
With the notifications module, you can get and give information about students within a
course and/or via email. With notifications you have the ability to revolutionize how your
students navigate your course. Further, you can easily summarize what’s going on in an
entire course on one screen. You can also tell when a student has submitted an assignment,
test or made a discussion board post. Finally, without going to the grade center, you can see
which students have assignments that are overdue.

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Content items (added, available)
Course information (added, available)
Assignments (added, due, past due)
Tests (added, due, past due)
Blog entries (added)
Surveys (added, due, past due)
Journal entries (added)
Discussion Board posts (added)
Grade changes (graded)
Announcements (added)

Date Dependency
In order for date specific items like Assignment Due, Item Due, Test Due, Assignment
Overdue to work, specific due dates must be established when the assignment or test are
created. “Items” correspond to entries that are added directly to the grade book and they
also need a due date. See Date Management > Due Dates for more information.

To Control Notification for Either the Instructor or the Student
1. Log in to Blackboard
2. Click on the Global Navigation menu (your name)

3. Under Settings click on Edit Notification Settings

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4. Click on the course you want to modify under Edit Individual Course Settings

5. Check the boxes you want.
a. If you check Dashboard those items will appear in a notifications module (see
below).
b. If you (the instructor) click on E-mail, the student will receive an email each
time a notification is triggered.
c. If you check Mobile those items will appear in the Blackboard Mobile App which
is available on certain phones.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students can override the instructor setting. For example, if you choose
to make a test available to a select group of students, any student who has the “Test
Available” notification turned on will receive a notification.

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Student Notification Module
A student “notification module” can be created for each course and can be set as the course
entry point. This way, when a student logs in to the course all notifications for the course
will appear. It’s possible for students to navigate your entire course from this screen.

To Create a Student Notification Module Within Your Course
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Log in to Blackboard
Click on the course you want to add the module to
In the menu screen, hover over the + plus graphic in the menu
Click on Module Page

5. Give it a name like “Home” or “Notifications” (or whatever you wish) and check the box
to make it available to students

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6. Click on the newly created link for that page
7. Click Add Course Module

8. The modules that are relevant to students include “To Do” and “What’s New” – scroll to
find those modules and add them. “Alerts” and “Needs Attention” do not seem to apply
to students. You might also consider adding “Announcements.” Note that you can drag
the boxes around to arrange this screen the way you want it.

To Set this Page as the Entry Point for Your Course
1. Within the course, click on Customization
2. Click on Teaching Style

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3. Within Teaching Style select your module page as the course entry point

4. Click Submit

Sample Home Page with Notifications Module

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Instructor Notification Module
The instructor notification module works slightly differently than the student notifications
module in that it gives you (the instructor) specific information about the course relative to
what the students are doing. For example, you can tell when discussion board posts have
been made, when assignments have been submitted, see a list of students who have missed
a due date and many other things.

To Create an Instructor Notifications Module Page
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Log in to Blackboard
Click on the course you want to add the module to
In the menu screen, hover over the + plus graphic in the menu
Click on Create Module page
Give it a name like “Instructor Notifications” (or whatever you wish) and DO NOT check
the box to make it available to students. It won’t hurt if you do but empty boxes will
appear on the page
Click on the newly created link for that page
On the upper left portion of the screen, click on Add Module
The modules that are relevant to instructors include “Alerts” and “Needs Attention” –
scroll to find those modules and add them. You can add “To Do” and “What’s New” if you
wish but you will simply duplicating what is already on the student page. Note that you
can drag the boxes around to arrange this screen the way you want it.
When you log in to the course, this page will appear to only the instructors of the course

Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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