ARCHIVED: Using Oncourse, how can I tell when someone adds a new message or forum posting?

This content has been archived, and is no longer maintained by Indiana University. Information here may no longer be accurate, and links may no longer be available or reliable.
Oncourse is retired. For details, see ARCHIVED: About the Oncourse retirement.

You can see the number of new messages or forum postings from either My Workspace or your site's Home page. You can also set your preferences for whether or not you get email notification of new messages or new postings in forum conversations you have contributed to.

My Workspace

To see if someone has added a new message or forum posting to one of your sites, go to your Home page in My Workspace. Under "Message Center Notifications", you'll see a list of your sites, and the number of new messages and forum postings for each. If there are no new messages or forum postings, you'll see "none" beside your site. (Sites in which neither Messages nor Forums is turned on will not appear in the list, nor will sites that have been hidden.)

The site Home page

Messages and Forums notifications for each site are also displayed on the site's Home page, where you can access the following functions:

  • Clicking New Messages takes you to the Messages Received folder for that site.
  • Clicking New in Forums takes you to the forums for that site.

Note: "Message Center Notifications" will only appear on your site's Home page if these tools have been added to your site.

Email notifications

To modify email notification preferences:


  1. From your site's menubar, click Messages.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Next to "Auto Forward Messages", click Yes. Type the desired email address in the text box provided, and then click Save Settings. This will forward a copy of each message to the email address you entered.

Note: You cannot reply to Messages from the forwarded email messages; to reply, go to the Messages tool in your site.


  1. From your site's menubar, click Forums.
  2. At the top, click Watch.
  3. Select your preferred option.
  4. Click Save.

This is document auut in the Knowledge Base.
Last modified on 2018-01-18 15:39:15.