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Edit Your Moodle Profile & Personal Settings

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

Privacy and Your Moodle Profile Page & Settings

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. For example, you can choose to hide your email address from others, or choose whether or not to upload a photo to display when you contribute to a forum.

Edit Your Profile Settings

Your Moodle Profile settings determine who can see your email address, whether forum subscriptions are sent as one daily email digest or as separate emails, whether your picture appears next to your forum posts, and more.

  1. To access your profile settings, go to the Administration block, click My profile settings then Edit profile. The Edit profile page will open.
  2. On the Profile settings page you'll find a number of options. We recommend you consider the following settings:
    Screenshot of imprortant personal settings (click to enlarge)
    • Email display:
      The Email display dropdown lets you choose to:
           • Hide your email from everyone (students cannot hide emails from teachers).
           • Allow only people in your courses to see your email (default).
           • Allow the entire UMass Amherst community to see your email (This can't really happen, but the setting is there).
      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 <>.
    • 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)
      By choosing Complete or Subjects you will receive one email per day (sent at approximately 5 p.m.) with notifications from Moodle. If you choose No Digest, you will receive an email every time a classmate or instructor posts to discussions you are subscribed to.
      Note: Digest settings do not effect email messages sent by Quickmail. Quickmail emails are always delivered immediately.

    • 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 that you leave set this to the default No: don’t automatically subscribe me to forums.
      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.
    • Description (Optional)
      You can enter a personal description that will be visible to those who can view your profile.  
    • (Optional) Click the User Picture heading to upload a picture of yourself that will display in discussion posts and message screens.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Update profile to save changes.