Managing correspondence notifications in Blackboard Ultra

Managing your correspondence and notifications in Blackboard Ultra

What is an announcement?

As lecturers you can add, edit, and delete important messages which will be displayed at course level.  These announcements can be set to appear in:

  • Announcements section of every course and organisation.
  • Emailed to users and displayed in the above

Image showing how to access the activity stream in Blackboard UltraWhat is a notification?

Blackboard Ultra creates notifications for what is happening in users’ courses, including new content, quizzes, and due dates for assignments.

On your activity stream’s Notification Settings panel, you can choose which notifications you receive about activity in all your Ultra courses.  You can access the System Settings that control how your notifications behave, click the cog in the top right of the page.Image showing how to access the activity stream setting via the cog icon in Blackboard UltraThere is also another way that you can also access these notification settings, this is via your user profile.

Click on your username in the main Blackboard menu.  Under System Settings there are several Global Notification Settings where you will be able to access the settings relating to the area of Blackboard Ultra.  They can also be access by clicking on the pencil icon to the right of the hypertext.Image showing how to access the activity stream setting via the system settings in Blackboard UltraNotification Settings

Activity stream: In the Notification Settings, you will be able to control journal activities including:

  • When new journal entries are posted
  • When journal entries are modified
  • When journal entries are commented on

Image showing the Streaming Notifications in the Notification Settings in Blackboard UltraEmail: In the Notification Settings, you will be able to control activities relating to e-mails including:

  • Instead of being sent an email notification every time an activity in Blackboard takes place. You can consolidate all these notification updates into a single daily email. This email is sent first thing in each morning to summarise all the notification updates from the previous day.

There are also several email notifications options that allow you to configure what Blackboard Ultra activities will trigger an email notification to be sent.  These include:

  • New items to be marked
  • New marks and feedback
  • New messages
  • New discussion messages
  • New content added
  • New and upcoming due dates
  • Overdue items
  • New modules available

Image showing the Email Notifications in the Notification Settings in Blackboard Ultra

Push notifications: In the Notification Settings, you will be able to control what messages pop up on your mobile device if you have the Blackboard app for students installed. You can select which notifications are sent to your device including:

  • All new content and discussions that are created in Blackboard modules with which you are associated
  • New responses to discussions either from everyone associated with that discussion or just the instructor
  • All new marks and feedback that is posted
  • All new and any upcoming due dates for assignment content, by default this is set to remind users one day in advance however, there is the facility to alter this value.

Image showing the Push Notifications in the Notification Settings in Blackboard Ultra