When Totara needs to notify the user of something it sends a message, directed through one or more of the enabled and configured message outputs. These message outputs control how a user receives their notification.
Some you will be familiar with, and some you may not have encountered before. The email message output for example takes the notification and emails it to the user, whereas the web notification takes the notification and displays it within the webpage to the user.
Message outputs allows you to configure Messaging settings across your Totara Learn site. You are able to turn on/off available outputs and set default outputs, and configuration options for the available outputs. These options are generally set during the initial installation of your site and do not usually require any further maintenance.
This area can be accessed by a Site Administrator via the Administration block within Site administration > Plugins > Message outputs > Manage message outputs.
There are five default types of output methods for messaging:
Alert block notification: Displays within the Alerts block
Web notifications: Displays the notification on the webpage
Email messages: Sends the notification to the user's given email address
By default all outputs (except Jabber notifications) are enabled as they need to be configured before activation. To Disable/Enable an output, use the corresponding eye icon (,). The Settings link opens the corresponding configuration page for Jabber and Email notifications.
In order to use Jabber (jabber.org) alongside your Totara Learn site, you will need to enter the details of your Jabber server so the LMS can connect.
A range of options are available around email based messages sent by the system.
This area can be accessed by a Site Administrator via the Administration block within Site administration > Plugins > Message outputs > Default message outputs.
The page summarises those Messaging outputs available within your Totara Learn site, whether they are Enabled, the permissions against each output type and the default setting for Online/Not online for each.
Users can change their personal preferences to be something other than the site defaults, however the settings for disabled message providers are not visible to end users on the notification preferences page.
The default preferences menu for each item is identical and allows a Site Administrator to select the relevant permission and default setting when the user is Online (logged-in) or Not Online (offline). The possible preferences are:
Once the default message outputs have been configured within the site, a user can configure their specific Messaging preferences in their profile settings by selecting their name in the top-right corner, then Preferences > Notification preferences (please see User Profile for more information). If the particular combination of Message type and Output has been permitted by a Site Administrator, the user may change and customise their preferences by setting the corresponding boxes to On. For example, if online task block feedback notifications are allowed, the user can decide whether this is enabled or disabled.
Importantly users can choose to receive notifications across multiple outputs, including email, web, the task block and the alert block (depending on which methods have been allowed by the Site Administrator for different message types) to help ensure they don't miss anything.
Totara Learn current features the following message types:
|Within the Alerts block.|
|Assignment notifications||When an assignment has been submitted.|
|Warning when your quiz attempt becomes overdue||-|
|Available update notifications||Notice of new releases of Totara Learn code.|
|Backup notifications||Automated backup schedule run completed.|
|Badge creator notifications||Notify creator of a badge when it is awarded to someone.|
|Badge recipient notifications||-|
Confirmation of your own quiz submissions
|Course creation request approval notification||-|
|Course creation request notification||-|
|Course creation request rejection notification||-|
|Important errors with the site||-|
Manual enrolment expiry notifications
|Self enrolment expiry notifications||-|
|Lesson essay graded notification||-|
Personal messages between users
|Please see Messaging for more information.|
|Message to confirm that an inbound message came from you||-|
Warning when an inbound message could not be processed
|Confirmation that a message was successfully processed||-|
|Notices about minor problems||-|
Notifications of rule subscriptions
Subscribed forum posts
Notification of quiz submissions
|Appears with the Tasks block.|