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East Tennessee State University

Automatic Notifications

Students now have the option to “opt in” to receive SMS text message and email alerts when the instructor completes specific actions in a D2L course. If your students elect to complete this workflow, D2L will automatically notify the students when one or more conditions are met within their courses.

Image of D2L minibar with personal profile options expanded and the Notifications link circled.

Accessing Notifications

From within the learning environment, click on your name in the top, right-hand portion of the minibar. Select Notifications from the drop-down menu.

Follow these steps to enable personal notifications. Note that instructors may complete this workflow, too.

  1. In the Contact Methods section, confirm that your ETSU email displays in the Email Address section. If you would prefer to receive notifications at a different address, click the Change your email settings hyperlink.

    Image of the Contact Methods section of the Notifications set up page with the Change your email settings hyperlink circled.

     Image of the Email settings pop-up window. The first radio button states 'Use system email' the second radio button asks you to enter a custom email address in the text box provided.

  2. If you wish to add a mobile phone number to your notification preferences, click the Register your mobile hyperlink.  

    Image of the Contact Methods section of the Notifications set up page with the Register your mobile hyperlink circled.

  3. In the pop-up window, select a Country, a Mobile Carrier, and enter the Mobile Number. Then, click Save.

    Image of the Register your mobile pop up window displayed with the following options circled: Country, Mobile Carrier, and Mobile Number.

  4. You will then be prompted to enter a Confirmation Code. Check your mobile device, and when you receive a text message with the confirmation code, type in that code and the click Confirm.

    Image of the Mobile NUmber confirmation code pop-up window.

  5. For each of the Instant Notifications options, mark the checkboxes for Email, SMS (text message) or both.

    Image of the Instant Notifications options available to select. You can opt to be notified by email and/or sms text message when one of the following actions takes place in a d2l course:   Content - content item updated   Discussions - new post in a forum, topic, or thread that I subscribed to in instant notifications  Dropbox - dropbox folder due date or end date is 2 days away   Grades - grade item released Grades - grade item updated News - item updated News - new item available Quizzes - quiz end date is 2 days away

  6. Select the user’s preferences in the Customize Notifications section.

    Image of the Customize Notification Options. The options are:   Include my grade value in notifications from Grades Allow past courses to send me notifications Allow future courses to send me notifications Allow inactive courses to send me notifications

  7. Note that notifications are not course specific. This means, if you elect to receive notifications, you will receive them for all active courses. If you wish to exclude certain courses from the Notifications action, select the Manage my course exclusions and then select the appropriate courses to exclude by check the [X] on the right-hand side of the table.

Image of the Exclude some courses section with the Manage my course exclusions hyperlink circled.

Image of the Manage Course Exclusions pop-up window.


iPhone Screen Captures of Notifications from D2L:


image of push notification on an iphone   image of push notification on an iphone in text message



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