Activity Stream and Notification Settings

Customize the notification settings under your Blackboard user profile to get alerts for different kinds of activity in Blackboard such as upcoming deadlines or grades being posted. 

Activity Stream

The activity stream shows all Blackboard system notifications from all courses that you are enrolled in. You can filter the notifications by "show all", "assignments and tests", or by "grades and feedback" with the dropdown menu in the upper right. The settings iconsettings gear iconto the right of the dropdown menu has options for notification settings. Important items like past due assignments will show up under "Important". Upcoming items will be under "Upcoming". Lowest on the page will be "Today" which will show any items that are due on the current day. 

Blackboard activity stream main screen and settings menu

To learn more about the activity stream, visit 

Blackboard's support site for more information

Global Notification Settings 

Notification settings can be changed from the activity stream gear icon as shown above or in the user profile settings. There are three types of notifications: "stream notifications", "email notifications", and "push notifications". 


Global notification settings in the Blackboard user profile screen

Stream Notifications

When you click the option to edit "Stream notifications," this will edit the information that you see in the Activity Stream located on your Blackboard Menu. By default, all types of notifications for Stream notifications are turned on. When you click to edit Stream notifications, you will see a panel menu appear with a list of checkboxes next to each type of notification:

  • Institution announcements
  • Course and organization announcements 
  • Graded item due
  • New content
  • Grades posted
  • New discussion
  • My grades and activity
  • New calendar event
  • New course or organization
  • Blog activity
  • Journal activity
  • Wiki activity

Check or uncheck these notifications according to your preferences. Click the black "Save" button in the bottom right hand corner to exit with your saved changes.

Stream Notification Settings checklist

Email Notifications 

When you click the option to edit "Email notifications," this will edit the information that is delivered to your SU email inbox regarding changes in your courses. Opposite of the Stream notifications, all notification types for Email are turned off by default. When you click to edit Email notifications, you will see a panel menu appear with a  list of checkboxes next to each type of notification. Check or uncheck these notifications according to your preferences:

  • New gradable items
  • New grades and feedback
  • New messages
  • New discussion messages
  • New content added
  • New and upcoming due dates
  • Past due items
  • New courses available

Additionally, above the checkboxes you will see an option to indicate whether you would rather receive a single email each day with a summary of all of the notifications that happened that day or if you would rather be notified immediately when changes happen within your courses. Click the black "Save" button in the bottom right hand corner to exit with your saved changes.

Email notification settings checklist

Push Notifications

Push notifications will only appear for those who are using the Blackboard Learn app on their mobile devices. When you click the option to edit "Push notifications," this will edit the information that will appear as a notification on your mobile device.

In order to receive these notifications, you must turn on permissions for Notifications from the Blackboard Learn app on your mobile device, as well.

When you click to edit Push notifications, you will see a panel menu appear with a  list of checkboxes next to each type of notification. Check or uncheck these notifications according to your preferences.

  • New content and discussions
  • New discussion responses
  • New grades and feedback
  • New and upcoming due dates

Notifications for due dates will always appear when using the Blackboard learn app. Click the black "Save" button in the bottom right hand corner to exit with your saved changes.

Push notification settings menu

To learn more about notification settings, please visit 

blackboards support site for more information.

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