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Roxanne Farrar (LA 128: The Body As Art: History of Tattoo & Body Decoration) asked:

I've been tagging everyone I reply to, is that correct to do?

My response:

Tagging is a relatively new tool in our LMS, and we're still learning about how best to use it. The idea, of course, is to draw someone's attention to something you want them to see.

  • For a student, tagging is the only way to explicitly let someone know you've responded to them. Tagging sends a notification to the "taggee."
  • However, as an instructor, pretty much everything you do in an online class generates a Notification. Open the Settings menu under the Notifications bell icon (top of the page) to see a list of all the instructor actions that trigger notifications.

Here's the thing, though: when you respond to someone's comment, the person who receives the automatic notification is not necessarily the person made made that comment. It's the person who made the post to which that comment is attached who will receive notification.

This means that if you respond to someone's comment — and that person is not the same someone who made the original post — the only way to trigger a notification to the correct individual is to tag him or her.

from my Inbox

I occasionally get messages from online instructors seeking advice on teaching issues. I review their class, think through the problem, and do my best to offer them a workable solution and relevant resources. When it (finally) occurred to me that other teachers might have similar concerns, I decided to post some of these questions and answers here. I hope you find them helpful! If you need help or advice or support with online teaching, please drop me a line (

How are you using tagging in your online classes? Do you have any tricks or tips to share with the rest of us? Please post a comment and let us know!

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  1. I just noticed that it's possible to tag myself in a comment, and I'm now wondering whether there's any reason I might want to do that. Thoughts?

  2. I was just going to ask this same question so thank you so much for clarifying. (yay)

    -Christo Braun

  3. Could tagging yourself set up a reminder to get back to that post and add more information? 

  4. Fantastic addition.  This will certainly help me track student questions (and my own thoughts) that might have gotten buried in the many "Comment " layers.