Mastering Your Class Email

Getting too much email from your class?

Once you post to a forum you'll get emails when others post -- that's called a "subscription".

Subscriptions can mean A LOT of email. If you'd like the emails to stop, just go to the discussion and click on "Unsubscribe from this forum" on the left side in the "Administration" block.

Keep reading for other ideas to manage your email!

Please note that instructors have the final say over which forums you can unsubscribe from. Some instructors use "Forced subscriptions" to send out subscriptions to all students.

Also, the "News Forum" or "Announcements" forum of a class is also a Forced Subscription that you cannot unsubscribe from. Having a subscription to the class announcements is usually a very good thing and ensures you don't miss a late-breaking news item.

Choose Whether to get More, or Less, Class Email!

You can also change some subscription preferences when you go to your "Preferences."

Access "Preferences" by clicking on your Profile image in the upper right corner of eLearning.

Look for "Forum Preferences"

  • You can select to have your subscriptions sent as a "digest" which means you'll get one email per day with all of the notifications rather than "no digest" which means an email will go to you each time someone posts. Selecting a digest is a great way to balance your options: you see all the forum action in that class delivered to your email box, but you only get a single email that aggregates all those posts instead of 1 email for each post.

  • You can also select NOT to be auto-subscribed to a forum once you've posted to it.

  • IMPORTANT: You can't subscribe to forums that aren't visible in the class yet, so if you'd like to subscribe to a particular week's forum(s) and that week has not been made visible you'll need to log in and subscribe. Instructors who reveal weekly content 1 or 2 weeks in advance usually unhide weekly content on a predictable schedule - for instance every Sunday.

  • Not Getting the Emails You Want?

    If you aren't getting your email subscriptions and you've

    • checked that you're subscribed
    • checked that there are no typos in your email address
    • checked your preference settings

    the problem might be the way in which your email client (for instance, yahoo, hotmail or gmail) is set up. Depending on how the particular email client is set up, your email from GGU might be accidentally sent to a spam folder, or a folder called "Promotions" or "Junk" or "Social" or "Forums". Make sure to look in these areas regularly.

    A private or corporate email client might also use it's own aggressive filtering system that blocks incoming mail from elearning.

    You can't subscribe to forums that aren't visible in the class yet, so if you'd like to subscribe to a particular week's forum(s) and that week has not been made visible you'll need to log in and subscribe. Instructors who reveal weekly content 1 or 2 weeks in advance usually unhide weekly content on a predictable schedule - for instance every Sunday.

    If you find that elearning email is ending up in spam, junk, promotions, or another folder, you can usually choose to either filter the ggu.edu address so it always lands in your primary email inbox - or you can add ggu.edu as a contact in your address book.

    How to Change your Email Address

    48 hours after you've updated your email address in GGU4YOU (instructions here) please contact us let us know at elearninghelp@ggu.edu - as long as the address is revised in GGU4YOU the eLearning staff member at elearninghelp@ggu.edu can make the correction quickly. Please note that you cannot change your email address yourself within eLearning - that field in your Profile is not editable.