Faculty: Create an Announcement
Posted by Hart Wilson, Last modified by Hart Wilson on 06 January 2017 12:22 PM
The Announcements feature in the General section is a one-way forum for instructors to post class announcements. By default, all class participants are subscribed to this forum, which means that they will receive a copy of each announcement via email—even if the course has not yet been made available to students. This works well after all students have been enrolled in the course, but if you want to prepare a welcome announcement before class starts that students will see regardless of when they enroll, your best option may be to post it as a label (for a shorter announcement) or as a web page (for a longer announcement). Instructions for creating messages as labels and web pages are found below.
To post an announcement:
A common error with this feature is to begin by clicking on the update icon. Don't do it! You need to open the link in order to create an announcement.
Your message will be sent to all students currently enrolled in the site as an email message and will remain posted in the Announcements link throughout the term. Note that there is a 15-minute delay on sending out these posts, so you won't see a copy of an announcement in your in-box for a little while.
Inserting a Label as a Welcome Announcement
If you have a short welcome message and you'd like your students to see it whenever they access the course, you can enter your message as a label.
Posting a Welcome Announcement in a Web Page
Longer announcements can be posted in a web page with a title such as "Welcome Message." See this article for instructions on creating a web page.