Search Google Appliance

Information Technology

Article Details

Keep Track of Due Dates and Scheduled Activities in Moodle

We're taking you to an updated version of this article.

UMass Amherst Information Technology support articles are now updated in the new IT Knowledge Base. We found an updated version of this article, so we're sending you there.

Taking you to:
Redirecting in

Stay here to view this page in the legacy Support Center.
Information may be outdated as these articles are no longer maintained.

Find answers to your tech questions in the new IT Knowledge Base.

UMass Amherst Information Technology support articles are now updated in the new IT Knowledge Base.

This article is part of our archived legacy Support Center and may be outdated or inaccurate.
We did not find an updated version of this article. That means this archived content is more likely to be outdated or no longer relevant.
Check the new IT Knowledge Base for updated information:

More tech help options

This article contains recommendations for the best ways to keep track of the activities and deadlines in your Moodle courses.


Many Moodle courses use a built-in announcement tool called the Announcements (previously known as News Forum) where instructors can post important reminders about the class. As a student, you automatically will receive email notifications whenever your instructor makes a new post.

  • By default, you will receive one email for each new announcement. However you also have the option to receive all notifications from Moodle in one daily digest. To enable this option, refer to Manage Email Notifications in Moodle for Students.
  • You can also keep track of announcements by going to your Dashboard page (found at the top of the Navigation block). For each course, your Dashboard page lists new posts to all forums since your last log-in.
  • Finally, you can see all announcements for a particular course by clicking the link for the Announcements on your course home page (usually toward the top of the page), or by looking at the Latest news block.

Link to Activities Requiring Attention from Your Dashboard Page

The Dashboard page lists the Moodle courses in which you are currently enrolled and allows you to quickly navigate to activities requiring attention.

  1. From anywhere in Moodle, once you are logged in, in the User menu (top right) or in the Navigation block (at left, or bottom, depending on your screen size), click Dashboard. The Dashboard page will open listing all the courses you are enrolled in.
  2. Below the name of any course, if there is a pending deadline or new forum post, a bar appears for the activity type. Click the Activity-type bar. Links will appear under the bar for activities in need of attention. Click its link to open an activity. Deadlines and grade status will also be displayed, depending on the type of activity.
    screenshot of the Dashboard layout (click to enlarge)

Customize your Dashboard

  1. While on your Dashboard, click Customize this page (at top right). The page will reload in editing mode.
  2. For most students, several useful blocks appear on the Dashboard by default, including Latest News, Calendar, and Upcoming events. These blocks compile information from all your courses (whereas from within a course the same blocks may only show information for that course).
    • If you don't see a block you want, you can add it: In the Add a block (at left, or bottom, below the UMass Course Evaluation block), click Add...  and select a block to add. The block will be added to your page and appear just above the Add a block block.
    • To relocate a block on the page, drag the block by its Move icon (Move icon) and release it in a new location.
    • To remove a block from your Dashboard, at the top-right of the block, click the Settings icon (Settings icon) and select Delete (block name).
  3. If you would like to reorder your list of classes, drag the Move icon (Move icon) to the left of the course name, and drop it into a new location.
  4. When you're finished, click Stop customizing this page.

Find Upcoming Events on a Course Page

When you are in a Moodle course, the blocks on the course page can help you keep track of what's happening in your class. Check for the following blocks (your instructor may not have added all of these to the course):

  • Activities
  • Latest news
  • Upcoming events
  • Calendar

 (click to enlarge) student-blocks.png