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Add an Announcement

Announcements post timely information critical to course success. The instructor can add, edit, and delete announcements from the Announcements page. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material including:

  • When Assignments are due
  • Changes to the syllabus
  • Corrections/clarifications of materials
  • Exam schedules

When adding an Announcement, Instructors can also send the announcement as an email to students in the course. This ensures that students receive the announcement even if they do not log in to the course.

How to Create Announcements

Announcements will appear in the order posted, with the most recent announcements appearing first.

  1. In the Course Tools area of the Control Panel, click Announcements.
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  2. From the action bar, click Create Announcement.
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  3. Provide a Subject and Message.
  4. Set the Duration.Select Not Date Restricted to keep the announcement visible until it is manually removed.–OR–Select Date Restricted to limit the announcement’s visibility by date and time.
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  5. If the Announcement is Date Restricted, select the Display After and/or Display Until check boxes and type the dates and times. Alternatively, use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and the pop-up Time Selection Menu to select dates and times.
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  6. Select the Override User Notification Settings check box to send students an email containing the announcement. The email will be sent to all students, even those who choose not to receive announcement notifications through email.
  7. Optionally, link to a course area, tool, or item using the Browse button.
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  8. Click Submit.

Click here to watch a video on creating announcements.

Click here for more information on posting announcements.

Fields

The table below details the fields on the Add Announcement Page and Modify Announcement page.

Field

Description

Subject

Enter a subject for the announcement. This will appear as the title of the announcement.

Message

Enter the announcement by either typing directly into the field or copy and paste text from another word processing document.

Permanent Announcement

Select Yes to create a permanent Announcement. This Announcement is automatically displayed after the time and date it is created. There is no end date for this Announcement, unless the Display Until option is selected.

Choose date restrictions

Use these options to display an Announcement for a specific period of time. Select the date the Announcement begins in Display After and the date the Announcement ends in Display Until.

Override User Notification Settings

Use this option to Send Email to all users even those that choose not to receive Announcement notifications through email.

Link Location

Click Browse to locate content in the course to link to the Announcement. If the link points to a content item that is not available the link will not appear in the Announcement until the content is available.

Note that removing the content will remove the link to the content in the Announcement but The Announcement itself will remain.