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Setting up notifications helps learners to stay on top of their work. Notifications can be set up inside D2L and sent to a mobile device or to emailThe Pulse app is the recommended method of receiving notifications as delivery of notifications is more reliable and users are able to interact with the content more easily.

Brightspace Pulse

Brightspace Pulse is a mobile app that helps learners stay connected and on track with their courses. It provides one easy view of course calendars, readings, assignments, evaluations, grades, and announcement items. The Pulse app is one of the easiest ways to get notifications from courses and provides an easy way to access courses from a mobile device.  

Brightspace Pulse is available for download from any global Google Play™ store or Apple App Store®

Set Up Notifications

  1. Within D2L, select your name.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Select the Contact Methods:
    • Email Address: By default, the email address in D2L is the preferred email address designated in Campus Connect. See Changing the Email Address below for instructions on how to change this email address.
    • Mobile Number: A mobile number can be registered to receive text notifications. See Setting up Text Notifications below for instructions on how to register a mobile number.
  4. Select how often notifications should be sent in “Summary of Activity”.
  5. Select which Instant Notifications to receive.
  6. Select email and/or text for each of the triggers listed in “Instant notifications” to be received. 
  7. Select if grades are included in “Customize Notifications”. 
  8. Control on a course-by-course basis which courses cannot send notifications under “Exclude Some Courses”. Use “Manage my course exclusions” to designate courses to not get notifications from.
  9. Select Save.

Change the Email Address for D2L Notifications

  1. Select Change your email settings under “Contact Methods.” 
  2. The “Email Settings” window will pop up. Select Use custom email.
  3. Enter the email address notifications should go to.
  4. Select Save.
  5. Select Save again.
  6. Note: A confirmation email will be sent to the email added in step 3. Notifications will not be received until the new email address is confirmed.

Set up Text Notifications

  1. Under “Contact Methods", select the Register Your Mobile link. 
  2. The “Register Your Mobile” window will pop up. Select the country of service.
  3. Select the mobile carrier.
  4. Enter the Mobile Number with  3-digit area code.
  5. Select Save.
  6. A confirmation code will be sent to the number entered. Enter that code in the code field box.
  7. Select Confirm.
  8. Select the max number of messages to receive per day.
  9. Select Save.