Notifications Dashboard Display - Instructor - Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP12

Notifications Dashboard Display

The Notifications Dashboard displays notifications for changes to items. These notifications appear in different modules that you can add, remove, and customize.

The following items can generate different notifications:

  • Content item
  • Course information
  • Assignments
  • Tests
  • Blog entries
  • Surveys
  • Journal entries
  • Discussion board posts
  • Grade changes
  • Retention Center alerts
  • Group information
  • Announcements

If your school licenses community engagement, the Notifications Dashboard modules also appear in My Blackboard and on the My Institution tab, displaying notifications for all courses.

Display Modules

Notifications for these items are categorized in modules. The following table explains the three most common modules, their information, and layout.

ModuleInformation and Appearance
Needs Attention Any submitted item by a user for review or grading by the instructor. Categories of the possible notification types: 
  • Grade Tests: The tests and the corresponding users who have submitted the tests.
  • Grade Assignments: The assignments and the corresponding users who have submitted the assignments.
  • Grade Surveys: The surveys and the corresponding users who have submitted the surveys.
Alerts The Past Due area displays any assessment, assignment, or survey that has passed its due date with no submission by the student. The Retention Center Alertsarea displays any rule and the list of students who have violated that rule.
What's New The Communication area displays the number of unread discussion board posts for each forum, the unread blog entries, and the unread journal entries. The Materialsarea displays any updated, submitted, or created content, tests, assignments, and surveys.

Student Display

The following table explains the most common notification modules that students see, their notifications, and layout.

ModuleInformation and Appearance
To Do The What's Past Due area displays any test, assignment, or survey that has passed its due date with no submission by the student. What's Due displays information about any test, assignment, or survey that contains a due date.
What's New The Communication area displays the number of unread discussion board posts for each forum, the unread blog entries, and the unread journal entries. The Materialsarea displays any updated, submitted, or created items, such as tests, assignments, announcements, and surveys.
Alerts This is an instructor-only module.

Be aware that students have the ability to reorder the courses and organizations in the My Courses and My Organization modules. They also can select which information within each course or organization they want to appear.

Specific Feature or Item Notification Behavior

The following table explains the information that appears for specific feature or item notifications.

ItemImportant Information
Group For any group, submissions by the group will be viewed by the instructor as a group submission, and not as notifications of submissions by each individual user in the group.
Discussion board The number of unread posts for a course is displayed. Clicking the number will navigate the user to the discussion boards main page.
Blog The number of unread blog entries for a blog is displayed. Clicking the number will navigate the user to the blog.
Journal The number of unread journal entries for a journal is displayed. Clicking the number will navigate the user to the journal.
Tests or assignments with multiple attempts The most recent attempt information and link appears.
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Topic Information
  • Topic #: 8199-1958
  • Date Created: 5/7/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 8/15/2013
  • Viewed: 149
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