Announcements: How do I add or post an announcement?
The most efficient way to convey messages to everyone in the class is through the “Announcements” tool. The Announcements tool has a pop-up delivery option so that your important message is displayed as a pop-up window to students the next time they log in to your class. You can schedule pop-up announcements to begin and end at specified times.
Role(s) Needed: These instructions apply to both Section-level Instructors and Designers.
Step 1: From the Build or Teach tab, click the Announcements tool.
Step 2: Click the Create Announcement button.
Step 3: Type a Title and your Message.
Step 4: For Recipients, check the roles that should receive the announcement. Note: By default only Section Insuctors and Designers will receive the the announcement, you much check the box for Students to receive the announcement.
Step 5: Choose a delivery date range for your announcement using the Calendar icons or the drop-down menus. Note: You cannot edit an announcement once it has been sent.
Step 6: Decide whether or not to deliver the announcement as a pop-up message:
If you do not choose the pop-up option, students must either:
On their My page, click the Show New Items button and the new Announcements icon , or
Click on the Announcements tool inside the section to view the announcement.
- The pop-up option makes important announcements more obvious, but consider expiring them after an appropriate amount of time or else students may ignore future announcements. Unless expired or deleted, pop-up announcements accummulate within a small window.
Step 7: Click Send
Your announcement is shown with the date and time it will be posted, along with the status:
- Status = Ready: the announcement has been composed but has not yet been sent.
- Status = Sent: the announcement has been delivered.
- Status = Expired: the announcement has passed its cut-off date and is no longer being sent. It will remain listed in the Announcements tool until deleted.
TIP: The most recent announcement appears at the bottom of the list, and this is the same order that students see your announcements (oldest to newest). However, you can re-order announcements from the Build tab (you must be enrolled as a Section Designer to see the Build tab). To move the most recent one to the top, check it and click the insert icon next to the announcement at the very top of the list and click on Move Selected Above.
Look under the Post Date column to verify the correct order you want.
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