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Notifications in D2L

The notifications tool allows you to receive notifications of important class events via email (Pellissippi State or external) or SMS messages. Let’s take a look at how to get started with this new service.

Access the Notifications area

Click on the Notifications link in the Welcome Widget.

Register your mobile phone

If you are interested in receiving text message (SMS) alerts on your mobile device, you will need to first register that device.

  1. Click on the Register your Mobile link
  2. Choose your Country, Mobile Carrier, and enter your phone number (including area code) in the appropriate fields.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Within a few seconds you should receive a text message with a confirmation code to enable messaging to the device. Simply type that that code in the box provided and click Confirm.

Enter your email address

By default, D2L will send notifications to your Pellissippi State email account. You can enter a custom email address by clicking on the change link and providing an alternate email address.

Choose your preferences

You can elect to receive instant notifications when:

  • A Dropbox folder end date is 2 days away
  • News items are created or updated
  • New messages are posted to a discussion forum or topic you’ve subscribed to

For each of these events, use the checkboxes to indicate whether you would like to receive email or SMS notifications.

Notification Preferences Screenshot

If you would like to exclude some courses from sending notifications, click on the Manage my course exclusions at the bottom of the page. Then, click on the X icon next to the course’s name to stop it from sending notifications.

Access notifications from other areas

In addition to visiting the alerts section in the Welcome Widget, you can also manage notifications by clicking on the notifications icon in the Discussions tool, News tool, and News widget. The screenshot below shows the icon in the News widget on a course homepage.

Notifications icon

RSS feeds

Users can also subscribe to course news RSS feeds. If you aren't familiar with RSS, they are basically a way to subscribe to web content that changes regularly. Users can subscribe to any number of websites in their RSS reader of choice (Google Reader is my personal favorite), then read updates from many sites in one location without having to manually visit each site and search for for content. D2L RSS feeds are available by clicking on the RSS icon in the news widget.

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If you’re interested in learning more about RSS feeds, you may want to check out RSS in Plain English