Etudes allows you to 'watch' discussion topics or entire forums that you want to follow, sending you notifications with the actual new posts.
Enable Email Notification
To get notified when new topics are posted in any of your active classes, go to Preferences (top right corner of Etudes), and select "Send Each Separately" for Discussions.
In addition to getting notified of new topics, you may want to get notified when there are replies to topics.
If you click on "Watch" at the top of a topic, you will be notified via email when replies get posted. The email notifications will go to the email address included in your Etudes account. This is a useful feature if you want to keep an eye on a discussion that might otherwise get buried.
This feature can work in conjunction with the "Do Not Send" setting for Discussions in Preferences. In other words, you may choose to not get email notifications of new discussion topics, but you can 'watch' select topics of your choosing.
If you no longer want to get notified of new replies, simply return to the topic and click on "Unwatch Topic" at the top of the list.
You will no longer receive email notification.
Lastly, if you have chosen "Do Not Send" in Preferences, but click on 'notify me of a reply' to a topic, you will get notified.
This feature can be used in conjunction with the "Do Not Send" setting for Discussions in Preferences. In other words, you may choose to not get email notifications of new discussion topics, but you can 'watch' specific forums of your choice in your course sites.
Click on "Watch Forum" at the home page of the forum that you want to get notifications for new items. If you choose to watch a forum, you will get notified via email when new topics get posted and when there are replies to existing topics. You will get notified once per topic.
After you visit a topic and read it, you will get notified again when there is a new reply since your last visit.
When you click on "Watch Forum", the link changes to "Unwatch Forum" (it's like a toggle switch).
If you no longer want to get notified of new topics and replies, simply return to the forum and click on "Unwatch Forum" link.
If you want to watch just some topics in a forum, then you want to "Unwatch Forum" and use the "Watch Topic" feature, instead.
The notification setting in Preferences for discussions controls topic notification. If set to "Send Each Separately," you get notified when new topics get posted across all of your sites. If this is enabled and you choose to watch a forum, you will get notified for new topics and replies.
Email notifications get sent to the email address associated with your Etudes account (see Account up top to change the email address).
Note: If you are dropped from a course, you will no longer receive notifications, even if forums and topics had set to be 'watched'.