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Brightspace: Student Support


In Brightspace, you'll be alerted to important changes by the icons in the 'minibar', which displays in the top-right hand side of the screen. You'll see a bar like this:

minibar menu

Here is a brief explanation of what the updates symbols mean:

message notification icon

Message alerts

Displays instant messages that you have received on Brightspace, or emails received through Brightspace.

subscription notification icon

Subscription alerts

Displays updates for discussion forums that you have chosen to subscribe to.

updates notification icon

Update alerts

This icon will display a notification when a wide range of actions take place in any of your modules, such as new topics being created, or feedback being released.


Enabling email notifications

If you'd prefer, you can set up email notifications for some or all of the notifications that you'll get via the icons in the minibar. To do this:

  1. Select your avatar or name (to the right of the updates icons) in the minibar
  2. Choose 'notifications' from the dropdown menu.
  3. Under 'Instant Notifications', tick the boxes for the types of notifications for which you'd like emails.
  4. Select 'save'.

To see where this is in the video tutorial, along with the explanation of the above icons, view the 'Navigating Brightspace' video from 0:43 onwards.