Enabling and disabling notifications

  1. To configure notifications, from the Moodle left-hand navigation panel, locate the Site administration section.


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  2. From the Messaging page, select Notification Settings.
  3. Scroll through the page until you find Default notification settings.

  4. To enable notifications, check the Enabled checkbox in the far right-hand column is selected. This will change both the pop-up notification and Email settings to 'Permitted'. The defaults should be set as both 'Online' and 'Not online' by checking all checkboxes.

    To disable notifications, uncheck the Enabled checkbox in the far right-hand column. This will change both the pop-up notification and Email settings to 'Disallowed' and gray out all defaults.

  5. Set the extent to which you'd like each type of notification to be enabled. Use the drop-down menus to permit, disallow, or force a notification.
    • Disallowed: The message will never be delivered via the chosen output (popup notification and/or email). The instructor is not allowed to change the personal preference for this combination of message and output.
    • Permitted: The message is allowed to be delivered via the chosen output (popup notification and/or email). Default preferences are set by administrators, but instructors can control this preference in their messaging preferences page (and change the suggested defaults).
    • Forced: The message will be delivered via the chosen output (popup notification and/or email). Instructors are not allowed to change the personal preference for this combination of message and output
  6. For each message type, set the Online and Not online defaults using the checkboxes to determine when you would like users to receive the notifications. 
    • Pop-up - Notification Online: User will receive pop-up notifications when they are online.
    • Pop-up Notification - Offline: User will receive pop-up notifications when they are offline.
    • Email - Online: User will receive an email when they are online.
    • Email - Offline: User will receive an email when they are offline.
  7. Click Save changes at the bottom of the page.

For further information and to learn more about the options selected in Default Message Outputs, you can visit Moodle's guidance for Message Settings.

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