Moodle Help & Support (Student)

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Moodle Help & Support 

This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards 

How to: change email settings for forums 

You will always get emails when a module convenor posts 'Announcements' as you are automatically subscribed and cannot unsubscribe. 

Other forums are generally set up so that both staff and students can choose whether or not to receive email alerts when someone posts.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from forums

To change whether you receive posts by email or not:

  1. Click into the forum that you wish to change your subscription to.
  2. Click on the 'Cogwheel' / 'Actions menu' icon    
  3. You will see the type of subscription currently enabled for the forum and your subscription options.
  4. Click 'Unsubscribe from this forum' if you are already subscribed and wish to opt out of email notifications or 'Subscribe to this forum' if you wish to start receiving email notifications.

Subscribe to this forum option in Actions menu

5. A message will load to confirm your subscription status before redirecting you back to the module's main page.

To see who is subscribed or not  (Editing Teachers only)

As an Editing Teacher you can also see who is and who isn't subscribed to a forum.

  1. Click into the relevant forum.
  2. Open the 'Cogwheel' / 'Actions menu' icon (as above) 
  3. Select 'Show/edit current subscribers' and this will show a list of students currently subscribed to this forum

Options from cogwheel menu for editing teachers

This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you read emails with subject line Moodle.Nottingham: Forum Digest

Changing the way Moodle sends you emails

You can choose to receive emails as soon as they are sent out by Moodle (e.g., through the News / announcements forum of a module you have a role in).

Getting one email at a time is useful because

  • each email has a helpful subject line including the module it has come from.
  • it is clear which staff member is sending the message.

OR you can change to digest mode - only one email a day, in a digest.

  • This is useful because you only get one email a day.
  • Warning: as the header is Moodle.Nottingham: Forum Digest you may not see it as important (always read such emails).
  • The emails from News / Announcements are mixed in with emails from other forums and you may have to read carefully to pick out the important messages.
  • It only comes once a day (around 5-5.30 pm) so any messages which require immediate action may be received too late (e.g., last minute cancellation of a lecture).

OR An alternative way to manage emails from Moodle is to use no digest, so you get single emails, and then use your filters in Outlook to sweep emails into a particular folder (but don't forget to read them!).

To change email mode:

  1. At the top right of the Moodle page, on your name, drop down the menu.

Drop down menu under username

2. Click 'Preferences'.

3. Under the 'User account' header select 'Forum preferences'.

User account options

3. Next to 'Email digest type' for digest select 'Complete (daily email with full posts)' OR 'Subjects (daily email with subjects only)'
OR  'No digest (single email per forum post)'.

Forum preferences options

4. Click 'Save changes'.

See other Help pages about Forums