Setting Your Preferences

Setting your preferences allows you to control a variety of notification and viewing options. Changes made to your preferences will impact every course that you're enrolled in.

Accessing Your Preferences

  • Visit and enter your username and password.
  • Click the arrow in the top right corner of the screen next to your username and photo or photo placeholder and choose Preferences.
  • There are four different sections of preferences. Keep reading below for more information about each section.

User Account

Edit Profile
  • Takes you to the page to edit your personal information. See this page for more information.
Change Password
Preferred Language
  • Changing this option will change all Moodle headers and options to the chosen language. It will not translate course content into a different language.
Forum Preferences
  • Changing these preferences will change your emails and tracking for most discussion forums.
  • Some discussion forums have default subscription and tracking options that cannot be changed by users.
  • Email digest type: chooses how emails about discussion forum posts will be sent. This applies only to discussion forums that you subscribe to.
    • No digest: You will receive an individual email notification for each discussion post.
    • Complete: You will receive one email daily (per discussion forum) with the full text of the posts within the email.
    • Subjects: You will receive one email daily (per discussion forum) with only the subjects of the discussion posts.
  • Forum auto-subscribe: if yes is chosen, you will automatically be subscribed to a forum when you post to it.
  • Forum tracking: if yes is chosen, Moodle will highlight those posts you have not yet read each time you enter a discussion forum.
  • When sending forum post notifications: if yes is chosen, posts will be marked read when you read the notifications.
Editor Preferences
  • Allows you to change the text editor options you will have in discussion forums and other online text areas. The default editor contains all the tools you should need for your course.
Course Preferences
  • Changes the activity chooser option. This only applies to instructors and other course creators.
Calendar Preferences
  • Time display format: Switch between 12 and 24 hour time. The default will match the chosen language.
  • First day of the week: Whichever day is chosen here will be displayed first in your Moodle calendar.
  • Maximum upcoming events: Adjusts the number of events shown in the upcoming events box in a course. Using a large number could take up a lot of screen space.
  • Remember filter settings: if yes is chosen, Moodle will keep the same event filter settings between each use.
Message Preferences
  • Unlike other preferences, these settings appear in a toolbar on the right side of the screen.
  • Privacy: Choose if you want classmates and contacts or only contacts to contact you via Moodle messenger.
  • Notification Preferences: If email is enabled, you will receive email notifications for message.
  • General: If Use enter to send is enabled, typing enter will send the message instead of having to click the send button.
Notification Preferences
  • This area lets you choose how you want to receive notifications for a variety of events on Moodle.
  • For each event, there are two main types of notifications, Web and Email.
    • Web: Notifications are sent within the Moodle website or app. Notifications will be indicated by a red number next to the bell in the upper right corner of the screen.
    • Email: Notifications are sent to the email address that is listed in your Moodle profile. 
      • Clicking the Gear in the email column allows you to switch between Plain text and HTML emails.
  • Each notification type is also divided between Online and Offline.
    • Online: How you receive notifications when you are logged in to Moodle.
    • Offline: How you receive notifications when you are not logged in to Moodle.
  • For each event, click the red/green off/on buttons to toggle between the settings. 
  • If you only want to receive email notifications: set all the buttons in the Web column to Off and all the buttons in the Email column to On.
  • If you only want to receive notifications within Moodle: set all the buttons in the Web column to On and all the buttons in the Email column to Off.
  • If you want to receive email notifications when you're not logged in and Moodle notifications when you are: set all the buttons in the Web Online column to On, the Web Offline column to Off, the Email Online column to Off, and the Email Offline column to On.
  • Each event can have its own setting.
  • You can turn all the notifications to Off by clicking the Disable notifications checkbox, but it is recommended that you do not do so.