Manage forum notifications

Adjust how you want to receive notifications from forums

What is a thread in forum?

A Forum is an online discussion board which is typically used as an asynchronous communication tool. Depending on the goal of the forum and how it is set up, you can post messages to all participants or to only a group of participants in the course.

Each forum can contain several discussion threads—a thread is a series of related message posts and replies. eClass also allows you to subscribe to a forum so that any new posts are automatically e-mailed to you.

Manage Forum Settings in Your eClass Profile

There are a few settings in your eClass profile that allow you to control certain behaviours of forum post notifications. To access the Forum preferences:

  1. Click on your name at the top right of the browser window. Then click Preferences from the drop-down menu.

  2. In the User account column, choose Forum preferences 

  3. We suggest the following settings for Forum preferences

  • Email digest type: When No digest option is selected, you can have email messages sent each time a post (or reply) is added to forums to which you subscribe. Alternatively, you may choose to receive all emails from Moodle in one daily digest message, either with the complete message(s) or just the subject titles from forums you subscribe to. 
  • Forum auto-subscribe: By selecting "yes", you are automatically subscribed to any forum to which you post a message. This means that you receive email copies of all messages for these forums. You may unsubscribe from forums whenever you want.
  • Forum tracking: When "yes" is selected, this highlights unread forum messages, so you can quickly see what’s new.

Subscribing/Unsubscribing to Forums

eClass has a subscription feature that sends post notifications to the e-mail address you have specified in your eClass profile every time discussion occurs in any forum you are subscribed to.

I want to subscribe /unsubscribe from a specific forum:

  1. From your course homepage, choose the forum you wish to subscribe/unsubscribe to/from.

  2. Click the gear icon . Then choose Unsubscribe from this forum to stop receiving e-mail notifications from the forum.


Why I can't unsubscribe?

You cannot modify the subscription mode for any forums where the subscription is forced, such as Course Announcements.

I want to stop all e-mail notifications from forums:

How can I stop all e-mail notifications?

My course has multiple forums, but I only want to subscribe to a few.

  1. On your course home page, click on the Forums link in the Activities block. This allows you to manage the settings of each of the forums in your chosen course (except the Course Announcements/News Forum).

  2. You can view the subscription status of all Forums in the Subscribed column of the Forums table.
  • To subscribe to individual forums: Click No in the Subscribed column of the discussion for which you would like to subscribe. This will change the subscription status to Yes.
  • To unsubscribe from individual forums: Click Yes in the Subscribed column of the discussion for which you would like to be unsubscribed. This will change the subscription status to No.

  • To subscribe to all forums: Click Subscribe to all forums at the top right. A green confirmation message appears notifying you of your subscription change.
  • To unsubscribe from all forums: Click Unsubscribe from all forums at the top right. A green confirmation message appears notifying you of your subscription change.

  • Email digest type: By default, this setting will be the same as in Forum Preferences. However, if you want to specify a different digest style for individual forums, you can click the pencil icon to do so.

I have subscribed to forums, but I don't receive any email notifications.

You will have to update your forum and notification preferences within your Moodle profile. Visit How do I receive forum notifications by email?

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