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Brightspace – Email, Notifications, Profile, and Account Settings

Brightspace Email

You can send students emails from multiple places in your course, e.g., the Classlist, the Grade Book, the Assignment submission page, and by clicking the envelope icon in the top bar of Brightspace.

View Sent: To see all the emails you’ve sent, there’s only one point of access.

  1. Click the envelope icon in the top bar
  2. This opens up a new email compose window
  3. Click “Sent Mail” on the right of this page

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You can receive periodic or instant information about activity in your course. To manage this, click on your name in the upper right corner of any Brightspace window, and choose Notifications. Both students and instructors can check off the email boxes, but they have the option to also register their mobile phone numbers and then select to get SMS (text messages), too. After entering your mobile number, check the SMS boxes next to the kinds of course events that will generate text notifications for you.

Announcements is a useful one to turn on because, if the instructor has to cancel class at the last minute, students who’ve registered their mobile phones and have selected announcements under the SMS column will get that information in a timely way by text message.

You can also use Notifications in conjunction with the Pulse app, Brightspace’s app for mobile devices. After making your selections, be sure to click Save at the bottom of the page to enable them.


To personalize your Brightspace course, click on your name in the upper right corner of any Brightspace window. Choose Profile, or Notifications, or Account Settings.

In the Profile window you can add a photo and descriptive information about yourself.

Account Settings

Account settings are personal and only affect your account. They do not change how students view the course. Some of the more important settings are editing what pronouns are displayed, font size, language displayed, and Brightspace email settings. All email sent from within Brightspace is forwarded out to university email accounts, but there are some settings you can manage in Brightspace. For instance, you can set up a signature for your emails and choose whether you want to keep a copy of your sent emails or not.

Displaying Pronouns in Brightspace

To display pronouns in Brightspace, click on your profile and select Account Settings. Click the box next to Allow others to see my pronouns, then select the Use different pronouns: option. Enter your preferred pronouns, and click Save and Close.

Updated on May 2, 2024

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