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🔔 Notifications for teachers and moderators
🔔 Notifications for teachers and moderators

Receive notifications in-app and by email about activity in a course you are teaching.

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Written by Laurie Garcia
Updated over a week ago

For teachers and moderators

If you are enrolled in a course as a teacher or moderator, you will automatically be notified when your response is needed in the discussion forums or when an assignment needs your review. 

Automatic notifications

You'll be notified when anyone in your Cohort...

  • Starts a new discussion below a step. 

  • Answers a discussion prompt.

  • Replies to you directly in a cohort discussion or in a private feedback discussion.

  • Completes a step that is set up to require manual review (in-app notification only unless you subscribe to the email digest). 

You’ll receive all notifications in-app under the notification bell icon in the top right corner of your screen. Select a notification to jump right to the discussion or review screen.

Click the three dots (...) to the right of any notification to:

  • Mark as read

  • Pin for later

  • Remove permanently

Discussion notifications will also send directly to the email address that you use to log in. When you receive a discussion notification by email, replying to that email will post your response directly to the discussion thread.

All unread notifications can be received daily or weekly by email digest (see more below).

Learner discussion notifications

Learners will receive notification by email and in-app notification. 

Learners will be automatically notified...

  • When a teacher or moderator has assigned a score and/or has given them feedback.

  • When a learner, moderator, or teacher has responded directly to their discussion post.

  • When a teacher or moderator has set up reminders for start and end dates.

Learners will NOT be automatically notified when...

  • Anyone posts a new discussion prompt or personal question.

  • A teacher or moderator posts to a discussion board, but not as a reply to the learner's own post.

Want to get everyone's attention or send a time-sensitive message? Instantly message your learners instead. 

All posts made to discussion prompts or to personal questions are visible to admins and anyone enrolled in the cohort as a teacher, moderator, learner, or observer, whether posted within the course or as a response to an email notification. 

Ask to respond

Are you working with multiple teachers and moderators in a single course or Group? Use the "Ask to respond" link under additional actions on any learner's discussion post or question to send an instant notification to your colleague.

The notification message will include a link to the discussion and will indicate that you have asked this teammate to respond.

You can also ask another reviewer to share private feedback with a learner using the Discuss feature from your Inbox.

In the Inbox, you can see at a glance which fellow staff members have already shared private feedback as well as the total number of responses:

Hover over the grouped reviewers list to pull up a tooltip listing all reviewers with their response counts. From there, tap the airplane icon to send an instant notification to that reviewer:

Notifications digest

When a learner completes a step that is set up to be reviewable, you'll automatically receive an in-app notification under the bell icon in the upper right corner if you are enrolled as a teacher or moderator in the course. Prefer to receive these by email?

Sign into your account and subscribe to the daily or weekly email digest:

  1. Select the bell icon in the upper right corner of your account.

  2. Select the three dots to open the "additional actions" menu, then select "Digest Settings." Toggle your notification preference from "Never" to "Daily" or "Weekly."

The digest will simply send you a list of all unread in-app notifications. You will be able to access completions by clicking on any notification that you receive in your email digest. 

The digest email can be turned off by setting the frequency back to "Never."

Learners will receive notifications by email when you add feedback or points and have "Notify" selected.

How to turn off notifications

Once you’ve finished teaching a course, or if you don’t want to be notified about discussions in your course anymore, you can turn off discussion notifications for each course from the Teach tab of your Home page. To turn them off, select the three dots in the upper right corner of the course and then toggle the discussion notifications to the “off” position.


If you mark notifications as spam (or if your email server has an overactive filter) your notifications may land in your junk or spam folder. If this happens, you can bring notifications back to your inbox by adding the sending addresses to your contacts or by marking the messages as "not spam."

Here are the two email addresses that you will want to mark as "not spam" or "not junk" or enter into your contacts:

Here's an example from Gmail:

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