Notification Dashboard

The Notifications Tab is a new feature in Blackboard 9.1. Aimed at increasing communications and workflow efficiency within Blackboard, the Notifications Tab is divided into Student Notifications and Instructor Notifications. The data presented within Notifications are aggregated from all courses and organizations for which an Instructor is teaching or a Student is participating.
Instructor Notifications includes a Needs Attention and Alerts module.


Image illustrating the Notifications Tab for the Instructor's Dashboard.

While the default modules cannot be removed, it is necessary for Instructors and Students to Edit Notification Settings that determine how the user receives information from Blackboard.

Edit the General Notification Settings

Quick Start Instructions

To Edit the General Settings:

  1. Click the Notifications Tab.
  2. If not already selected, click the Instructor Dashboard tab.
  3. Within either of the modules on the page, click Edit Notification Settings.
  4. Click on Edit General Settings.
    Note: These settings determine email format and message settings.
  5. In Option 1 General Settings: Courses, review and modify the figure in the days old field as appropriate.
    For example, the 10 week schedule at Dartmouth College likely only requires a course notification setting of 90 days maximum.
  6. In Option 2 General Settings: Organizations, review and modify the figure in the days old field as appropriate.
  7. Click [Submit] to finalize the General Settings.

Note: Notification Settings are controlled by the individual Instructor or Student as such each user's preferences may be different.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF copy of the Quick Start Instructions.
Bulk Edit Notification Settings

Quick Start Instructions

To Bulk Edit the Notification Settings:

  1. Click the Notifications Tab.
  2. Within either of the modules on the page, click Edit Notification Settings.
  3. Click on Bulk Edit Notification Settings.
    Note: This allows the user to change the users personal notification settings en mass for all the courses taught or organizations lead.
  4. Click Courses I am teaching.
    Note: The same instructions apply to Organizations I am leading.
  5. In Option 1 Select Course, select one of the following options
    • All – applies the settings to all courses (default)
    • Selected – requires the user to select individual course from the Items to Select column and move them to the Selected Items column.
  6. In Option 2 Notification Destinations, review the email address.
  7. In Option 3 Settings,
    1. Using the check boxes select the Items for which Notifications should be On/Off.
      Note: All items are ON by default. It is recommended that they remain ON to ensure that course related notifications and communications are received.
    2. Using the check boxes, select the items for which Notifications should be send via Email.
      Note: These options are unchecked or ON by default.  It is recommended that all items be selected to receive communications via Email to ensure that course related notifications and communications are received.
    3. Using the check boxes, select the items for which Notifications should be available via Mobile access.
      Note: Dartmouth College does not currently offer the full functioning Mobile access to Blackboard, as such these items are all OFF by default.
  8. Click [Submit] to finalize the Bulk Settings.

Note: Students will also have the ability to edit their notification settings. When using certain tools within a course, an Instructor can select the option to override student notification settings. This is particularly true in the Announcement Tool.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF copy of the Quick Start Instructions.