myCourses: Enabling Notifications

This articles describes the process of enabling notifications on myCourses.

What are Notifications?   Notifications are messages that are sent to your default myCourses email address that notify you about new additions or changes to your courses.  In addition, when you receive myCourses email a notification message is sent to your default email address.

Enable Notifications

Go to the myCourses Dashboard and click the Account  button on the left hand menu.   Then select the Notifications option on the next menu.  This will open a page with a list of all the Notification Preferences with their associated frequency.



The notification page has multiple settings that can allow you to set the frequency; 

  • Notify me right away           (These notifications may be delayed 1 hour in case the instructor is making multiple updates to the same content.)
  • Send daily Summary           (Usually sent after 11pm EST)
  • Send weekly Summary      (Send every Saturday morning between 2 and 4am EST.)
  • Do not send me anything 

You can set the updates to be email notifications or enable push notifications on your phone.  

Notifications are classified into course activities, discussions, conversations, scheduling, groups, alerts, and conferences.  Hover your mouse over the title of the activity to show a tool tip which shows what the activity includes.

For more information read this article.

myCourses: Notification Preferences and Settings  


  Notification Video:


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