Blackboard - Creating and editing announcements
This page shows you how to create and work with announcements in Blackboard.
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If you need to notify your students about anything, using announcements is a good way of doing this. You can create links to course content in your announcements and send the announcement to every student using the email function. You can also edit, delete or pin an announcement after it is published.
Creating announcements #
On the course start page, there will be a "My announcements" box (called a "course module"). Click on "more announcements" to see all the announcements in this course. From this page you will be able to add more announcements. Click on "Create announcement" to start.
You have now entered the editor. You have to give your announcement a "Subject", and you can write your announcement in the text editor below.
If you would like to add an attachment to your announcement, this process is described in the subheading "Adding an attachment to the announcement".
When you have finished adding text and attachments to your announcement, you can scroll down to the "Web announcement options". Here, you can choose whether the announcement should disappear on a certain date or not - "Date restricted" under "Duration" and you can choose to send the announcement as an email to all course participants.
If you choose not to send the email, the students will still be notified about the announcement within Blackboard. You can also choose to send the email later.
If you would like to add a link to an course item, you can do so when you scroll down to "Course link". Click "Browse" to choose an item. Choose the item you want from the window that pops up. This is optional.
To finish the announcement and publish it, click "Submit". Your published announcement will appear on the announcement page.
Adding an attachment to the announcement #
If you want to add an attachment to the announcement, you can do so by using the toolbar. You can add files, pictures, videos and more. When attaching a file from your computer, you must first submit the content item so the file is assigned a permanent URL. Click on "Browse My Computer" to add a file from you computer or click on "Browse Content Collection" to add a file from your content collection in Blackboard.
When you have found the file you would like to attach and chosen it, you can choose a name for the link to the file and add an alternavite text, defining what the attachment is so that visually impaired users using assistive technology can find out what it is.
You can choose whether or not to open the file in a new window when someone clicks on the link. Click "Submit" when you are done.
The attachment link will appear in the text editor. You can move this within the text if you want to.
Pinning announcements #
If you want an announcement to stay at the top of the page even after you create new announcements, you can pin it. When you are on the announcements page, you will see all the different announcements made in the course along with a line that says "New announcements appear below this line".
You can move this line up or down by clicking on it, moving it. If you leave it above all the announcements, all new announcements will push the older ones down. If you leave it below an announcement, all new announcements will appear below it, keeping the one you chose at the top at all times. You can always change this if you want to and also change the order of all the announcements.
Editing announcements #
If you would like to edit your announcement, hover over the announcement and click on the arrow that appears. Click on "Edit" to start editing the announcement.
You have now entered the editor again and you have all the same options for editing the announcement as you did when you created it. When you have finished editing, scroll down and click "Submit" to save and publish the changes.
Deleting announcements #
If you would like to delete your announcement, hover over the announcement and click on the arrow that appears. Choose "Delete". You will be notified that deleting the announcement cannot be undone and asked if you still want to delete it. Press "OK" to delete or "Cancel" to keep the announcement.
See also #
Orakel Support Services can help if you have any questions or difficulties.