How to Turn Notifications On/Off for your Courses

Notifications, including new content, student submissions for assignments, tests that are available for grading, and more are posted in the Home Page modules for everyone who is involved with a course including instructors, teaching assistants, and students.

All users can select to receive email and/or mobile notifications for updated, upcoming, or newly created items.

  • By default, all email notifications are turned OFF for every course.
  • By default, all mobile notifications are turned ON for every course.

Notification best practices for Instructors

To prevent notifications from going out when content is not yet ready, keep the content Unavailable. As soon as the content becomes available, a notification will be sent out. Receiving an alert depends on the end user's settings or mobile device settings.

If a content item has a Display After date and time, the notification will go out once the date and time pass and the items are available.

In Browser View

Step 1

Login to mymason.gmu.edu, click on your NetID in the upper right corner, then click Settings.

Step 2

Under Settings, select Edit Notification Settings.

To Adjust Notifications

Step 1

Select Bulk Edit Notification Settings (for all courses) or Edit Individual Course Settings (for a specific course).

Step 2

Check or uncheck the Notifications you want, then click Submit.

Notification destinations are:

  • Dashboard
    modules within your course(s) on the myMason portal.
  • Email
    automatic email sent to your Mason email account.
  • Mobile
    a mobile device such as a phone or tablet using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. Notifications sent through Mobile will only work if Mobile has been set up.

In an item is checked, a notification regarding that item will be sent to the specified place that you set. For example, if you check the box next to Assignment Due for Dashboard and Email, a notification will be sent to both those places about the due date of the assignment.

Turn On/Off Notifications for Mobile Devices

Alerts or notifications for Mobile devices can be enabled and disabled in two different places, either on the Mobile device through the Blackboard Learn app or in Settings on a desktop/laptop browser view. Each location (the Mobile device or desktop/laptop browser) has different views but will accomplish the same goals. By default at Mason, all Mobile notifications from courses are enabled.

In Browser View

Step 1

Login to mymason.gmu.edu, click on your NetID in the upper right corner, then click Settings.

Step 2

Under Settings, select Edit Notification Settings.

Step 3

In the Edit Notification Settings window, select Bulk Edit Notification Settings (for all courses) or Edit Individual Course Settings (for a specific course).

Step 4

Select Mobile. Click the Mobile box (all boxes unchecked) and then press Submit. Removing the check marks will discontinue all mobile notifications for you.

Note: Each user will have to set their own notifications in Settings.

 

To Turn Off Your Notifications—Mobile Device

Look in the Settings area of the Blackboard Learn app on your device. Settings can be toggled on or off. Further help can be found at help.blackboardmobile.com.