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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 email.  The 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. Select name.
  2.  Select Notifications.
  3. Choose the "Contact Methods"
    1. Email Address: By default, the email address in D2L is the preferred email address designated in Campus Connect. See below for instructions on how to change this email address.
    2. Mobile Number:You can register a mobile number to receive text notifications. See below for instructions on how to register your mobile number.
  4. Choose how often notifications should be sent in “Summary of Activity”.
  5. Choose which "Instant Notifications" to receive.
  6. Select email and/or text for each of the triggers listed in “Instant notifications” to be received. 
  7. Choose if grades are included in “Customize Notifications”. 
      • Select Include my grade value in notifications from Grades if you would like grades received in D2L to be included in the text of the notification.
  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.
  3. Select “Use custom email” and 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.
  3. Select country.
  4. Select mobile carrier.
  5. Enter Mobile Number with  3-digit area code.
  6. Select Save.
  7. A confirmation code will be sent to your phone. 
  8. Enter that code in the code field box.
  9. Select Confirm.
  10. Select the max number of messages you want to receive per day.
  11. Select Save.