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Edit Your Moodle Profile & Preferences

While not everyone can see your Moodle Profile page, your Profile settings affect your experience using Moodle, so you should review them carefully.

Edit Your Moodle Profile

Your Moodle Profile page can be viewed only by certain other individuals. For example, students cannot view each other's profiles, but an instructor or TA can view the profiles of the students enrolled in a course they are teaching.

Profile settings also impact privacy to some degree. You can choose to hide your email address from others, or choose to upload a photo to display when you contribute to a forum.

  1. From the User menu (top-right), select Profile. Your Profile page opens.
  2. On your Profile page under User details, click Edit profile (at right). The Edit profile page opens.
  3. On the Edit profile page, we recommend you consider the following settings:
    • Email display:
      The Email display drop-down menu lets you choose to:
         Hide your email from everyone (students cannot hide emails from teachers, but this will hide it from other students).
         Allow everyone (in Moodle) to see your email (This can't really happen, but the setting is there).
      •   Allow only people in your courses to see your email (default).
      Note: Hiding your email address does not prevent Moodle from sending you emails; it prevents other Moodle users from seeing your email address. Messages sent by you through Moodle will be from and have a reply-to address of <>.
    • User Picture:
      Click the User Picture heading to upload a picture of yourself that will display in discussion posts and message screens.
  4. To save changes to settings, click Update profile. You'll be returned to your Profile page.

Edit Your Moodle Preferences

Your Moodle Preferences determine whether forum subscriptions are sent as one daily email digest or as separate emails, and more.

  1. From the User menu (top right), select Preferences. Your Preferences page opens.
  2. On your Preferences page, under User account, you will find links to several pages of preferences. We strongly recommend only editing Forum preferences. Click Forum preferences.
  3. In the Forum preferences page, you may wish to adjust the following settings:
    • Email digest type:
      The Email digest type drop-down menu controls how Moodle will send notifications when you are following discussions. You have the following options:
      •   No digest (single email per forum post) (default).
      •   Complete (daily email with full posts).
      •   Subjects (daily email with subjects only).
      Complete or Subjects will send one email per day (sent at approximately 5 p.m.) compiling notifications from Moodle. With No Digest, you will receive an email every time a classmate or instructor posts to a discussion you are subscribed to.
      Note: Digest settings do not affect email messages sent by Quickmail (Quickmail emails are always delivered immediately) or email notifications sent when you make submissions in Moodle.
    • Forum auto-subscribe:
      The Forum auto-subscribe setting determines whether you will automatically receive emails of new posts to forums in which you have participated. To avoid inbox overload, we recommend the default setting:
      •  No: don’t automatically subscribe me to forums discussions.
      Note: Some instructors may set up forums so that you will be subscribed initially, but allow you to opt out; look for an unsubscribe link at the bottom of email notifications.
      For more information about email preferences, refer to Manage Email Notifications in Moodle for Students or Manage Email Notifications in Moodle for Instructors.
    • Forum tracking:
      For Forum tracking, choose Yes: highlight new posts for me. This will help you see which posts you have not yet viewed in a forum.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Save changes.