You and your students can receive email notifications for any post activity in a Community by following posts! You also have the option to turn off all Community notifications.
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How It Works
You and your students can follow posts to receive email notifications for comment activity on posts! You can always unfollow a post if you no longer want to receive email notifications for that post or turn off all Community notifications entirely.
When a new post is created, the Site Owner, Site Admins and the creator of the post will automatically be added as followers. If you prefer that the Site Owner and Site Admins do not automatically follow new posts, this can be customized in your site settings, which is covered below.
If you are looking to notify students when they are first added to a community, check out Send a Community Welcome Email.
Notifications will be sent from email@example.com and will include a direct link to the Community. For example:
How to Manage Community Notifications for the Site Owner and Site Admins
You have the following options for managing your Community notifications:
- New posts: Receive an email when someone creates a new post in a community
- Auto-follow new posts: Keep track of new posts and comments as they are created
How to Turn On Your Community Notifications
- Go to Support Your Students
- Select Notifications
- Select the Admin Notifications tab
- Click Student engagement on the left
- Optional: Under Communities, click the toggle beside New posts. A notification is on when the toggle is to the right and appears yellow.
Optional: Click the toggle beside Auto-follow new posts. A notification is on when the toggle is to the right and appears yellow.
Updates to these settings will apply to the Site Owner and all Site Admins. We do not currently have the option to customize this per Site Admin. For more granular control per user, make sure to turn your notifications on and simply follow or unfollow specific posts!
How to Manage Notifications for Students
Students will receive notifications for activity on posts they are following by default. Learn more here: Community Guide for Students
If your student would like to turn off Community notifications entirely, they can do this from within a Community or their account settings. Learn more here: How can students turn off email notifications?
Note that you must be on Site Builder theme version 1.18.0 or higher for students to see the option to disable Community notifications from their general account settings. On earlier theme versions, they will still be able to turn off notifications within the Community.
Summary of Notification Rules
- You will receive notifications for any activity (comments) on a post if you are currently a follower.
- By default, Site Owners and Site Admins will receive a notification when a new post is created unless turned off in notification settings (see above).
- Site Owner and Site Admins will automatically be added as followers to new posts unless turned off in notification settings (see above).
- Course Admins will not automatically be added as followers to new posts, which means they will not get notifications by default. They will need to follow the post to start getting notifications.
- For all Community users, adding a comment to an existing post will not automatically follow that post. You will need to follow the post to start getting notifications.
- If you want to receive notifications for a post that you are not currently following, you can follow the post.
- If you no longer want to receive notifications for a post, you can unfollow the post.
- Students will automatically be added as followers to their own posts and receive notifications by default. They can choose to turn off all notifications within the Community or within their account settings.
Are you interested in learning more about what Communities has to offer? Thinkific is currently working on some updates to this feature, as part of our ongoing effort to make Communities a more integrative and immersive experience for you and your audience! To learn more about what we have in the works, check out our Communities Updates article!