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Create an announcement

The announcements tool

Use the announcements tool to post and read instructor messages, course information, and other announcements updates. Global announcements items appear in the same My Home, Course Home pages, and Announcements widgets as course-related announcements items.

Note: If you do not see Announcements in the top navigation, under Communication, please review our tutorial to learn how to enable course tools.

  1. Click New Announcement from the Announcement widget menu or click New Announcement on the Announcements page.
  1. Enter the announcement headline in the Headline field.
  2. Enter the announcement content in the Content field.

    You can personalize content in the announcement with Replacement Strings. Enter the following replacement strings and personalized content will populate using the user's information:

    • {FirstName} = The user will see their first name
    • {LastName} = The user will see their last name
    • {OrgUnitName} = The user will see their course name
  1. If you want to hide your headline's date and time, clear the Always show start date check box. By default, a announcement's start date and time appears below its headline when displayed in the Announcements widget.
  2. Select the posting availability date in the Start Date and End Date fields. Announcements publish immediately unless you specify an alternate start date from Start Date.
  3. You can remove an announcement on a specific date by selecting the check box Remove announcement based on end date. You and administrators can still see the news item after its end date, but it will not appear in the Announcements widget.
  4. You can include attachments and audio recordings as part of your news item:
    • To add an attachment, click Add a File in the Attachments section.
    • To record audio, click Record Audio in the Attachments section. Click Flash Settings to make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. Click Play to listen to your recording. Click Clear to erase your recording.

  5. Click Attach Existing or Create and Attach to include additional release conditions. See Release Conditions to learn about creating and setting up release conditions.
  6. Click Save as Draft to continue editing the announcement (students cannot see draft news items), or click Publish to release the announcement to students.
  1. Click on the Edit button in the news item's context menu. You can also click directly on the item you want to edit on the Announcements page.
  1. Edit your post.
  2. You can select the Major edit - send a notification and restore it for those who dismissed it check box to inform users of major changes and updates to postings they might have dismissed, ensuring those headlines reappear with current information.
  3. Click Update to save your edits.
  1. From the Announcements page (Communication > Announcements), click the Reorder button from the More Actions menu.
  1. Use the drop-down lists in the Sort Order column to select an item's order. Other items automatically reposition themselves according to the new order.
  2. Click Save.
  1. From the Announcements page (Communication > Announcements), check off the items to be deleted. You can select one or many items.
  2. Click Delete.