Account Settings

General Account Settings

Online Status

One of the most commonly asked questions we get is about online status. There is a way to change that in VIULearn. 

Online Status sets whether you appear offline or online to other users when you are logged into the system. You can decide if you want to appear as online to the students or not. 

General Settings in the Account Settings Area

Enables you to change the e-mail where you receive system notifications - this does not affect the e-mail tool in VIULearn. You cannot change your forwarding e-mail address in VIULearn. Your course e-mails from students will always go to your VIU e-mail address. 

Font Setting

Adjusting the font face and font size changes the default font and size of text in the system. It does not affect images, documents, and other objects such as math equations.

Dialog Setting

The Show secondary window as options enables you to set secondary windows as pop-ups instead of dialog boxes. This setting helps screen readers and other assistive technologies separate the content of the secondary window from the main window. If you are using assistive technology such as a screen reader, we strongly recommend showing secondary windows as pop-ups.

HTML Settings

Provides the option for you to turn off the rich text editor. The HTML editor has many additional rich text features that might be difficult to navigate with assistive technology. This option simplifies pages that have text fields, while still allowing you to include HTML content.

Video Settings

Select Optimize video presentation for programmatically-driven assistive technologies if you use assistive technology, such as a screen reader, to navigate the web. This option ensures that your assistive technology can detect embedded videos; it does not affect the accessibility of specific video players.

Locale and Language

Preferred Locale and Language  Sets which locale to use for screen orientation, text, and graphics in the system. The options in the drop-down list correspond to the locale options available at your institution. Administrative staff and course designers can override your preferences for specific pages and courses.

Clock  Sets whether time displays in 24-hour or 12-hour clock format.

First Day of the Week  Sets which day appears first in your calendar.

Date  Sets the display format of dates in the system.

Number Format  Sets the display format of numbers in the system.

Percentage Format  Sets the display format of percentages in the system.

Time Zone Sets all dates that include times in Learning Environment to correspond with the time zone you specify.

Personal Account Settings

You can also adjust the way you see discussions in VIULearn. There are options to adjust your e-mail settings to your preferences as well. While you can adjust some of the settings for e-mail you cannot change your forwarding e-mail options. Should you wish to forward VIULearn e-mail it will only forward to a VIU e-mail address.

The number one question we get asked about the e-mail settings is about attaching a signature - you can attach one. In the e-mail tab of Account Settings look for E-mail Signature.

Discussions Options

Show the Discussion Topics List  Use this setting to show or hide the list of topics. Hide it to save space or show it to switch between topics quickly.

Default View  The following default views are available:

  • Grid View  The Grid View resembles a traditional email reader where each post’s subject, author, and date appear in a list without the full text of the post. To read a post, click the subject; the full text displays in a separate area.
  • Reading View  The Reading View shows the full text of all posts in a single view. You read posts by selecting a thread. You can then scroll through the page without having to select posts from the thread and read them one at a time.

Reply Settings  Use this setting to automatically include the original post by default when composing a reply.

Default Threading Style  The following threading styles are available:

  • Threaded  Group posts together with their replies.
  • Unthreaded   Sort posts by author, date, subject, Post ID, or average rating.

Display Settings  The following display settings are available:

  • Show the preview pane  Use this setting to open posts in a preview pane at the bottom of the screen or in a pop-up window. Select this option to use the preview pane; clear it to use a pop-up window.
  • Show the search bar  Use the search bar to search for posts. Search from the More Actions button inside a topic.

Post Fields to Display  Use this setting to see ID numbers when viewing posts.

Character Limits  Use this setting to display a limited number of characters of each post’s subject to save screen space. Select the check box and enter the maximum Subject Characters to Display.


E-mail Options 

Track activity for messages sent to internal email addresses  Tracks the status of sent messages (either read or unread), and when messages are replied to and/or forwarded. The View Recipient Activity link appears on messages in the Sent Mail folder.

Include original message in email replies  Sets whether to include original messages with your replies.

Send a copy of each outgoing message to [specified email address]  Sends a copy of all the emails you send to a specified address. Click the Change email address link to specify the address to which you want to send copies. Changing this address will change your external address for all mail sent from the Desire2Learn application.

Save a copy of each outgoing message to the Sent Mail folder  Saves a copy of your sent messages to a folder for convenient record keeping.

'Reply to' Email Address  If users reply to email you've sent from the Email tool, the reply-to address you specify appears in their "To:" field.

Email Signature  Create an email signature to include at the bottom of your email messages.

Display Options

Show the Message Preview pane  Enables you to browse emails by displaying them in a preview pane at the bottom of your message list.

Show the Folder List pane  Sets whether you see a list of folders in a left panel when reading messages.

Mark messages as read when viewed in the Message Preview pane  Using the preview pane to read your messages will mark them as "read".

Show internal email addresses in the Address Book  Internal addresses for your system contacts will appear in the Address Book.

Show external email addresses in the Address Book  External addresses for your system contacts will appear in the Address Book.

Allow filtering messages and contacts on group enrolment  Controls whether groups and sections are listed in the Filter By field in the message list and the address book.