Controlling Moodle notifications

(Not for the faint of heart)

Moodle sends you email to notify you when particular things happen. Nearly always, the default settings are correct. Be careful when you change them—you don't want to cut yourself off from what's happening in your courses!

But if you're being careful, you can control these notifications as follows:

  1. Log into Moodle.
  2. Go to the user menu in the upper-right corner of the page. The fifth choice on that menu should be “Preferences”. Click that.
  3. You'll be taken to a page where you can choose from lots of sets of Moodle preferences. At the bottom of the group marked “User account”, there's a link marked “Messaging”. Click that link.
  4. You will be taken to a page with a long list of things that can happen in Moodle, with red/green on/off toggle boxes to tell whether to notify you (or not) for each event. The boxes under “Web” control whether Moodle will give you a popup notification when the corresponding event happens. The boxes under Email control whether Moodle will send you email to tell you of the event. The boxes are further divided into Online, which is what Moodle does if you're logged into Moodle when the event happens, and Offline, which is what Moodle does if you're not logged into Moodle when the event happens. If you set all four boxes for a given event to Off, Moodle won't notify you at all.

Important notifications

Most of the events on the notifications page don't actually happen often enough to send you anything (unless you're faculty). There are some exceptions, however:

  • Personal messages between users. These control whether you get notified when somebody sends you a Moodle message. Don't turn these off. I use Moodle messages to let you know of things happening on the site, and some professors use Moodle messages to contact students in their classes. The default settings are “Popup notification” checked next to “When I'm logged in”, and both “Popup notification” and “Email” checked next to “When I'm offline”.
  • Assignment. Most students want to be emailed when they submit an assignment. Under Assignment, therefore, check “Email” next to both “When I'm logged in” and “When I'm offline”.
  • Forum. If you subscribe to a forum, these settings control whether you get email when somebody posts to that forum. Under Forum, check “Email” next to both “When I'm logged in” and “When I'm offline”.
Last modified: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 11:22 PM