The News tool is an extremely powerful way to communicate updates, changes and new information to your users quickly and effectively. The News tool is typically located in the middle of the course home page. Since this is the first page that the user will see when they enter the course, the News tool is a great way to display pertinent information for your course.
The News tool can also be updated regularly with:
Because News is typically the first thing that a user sees upon logging into the course, it is recommended that News be updated regularly to keep your users engaged in your course.
Accessing the news tool
There are two ways to access the news tool:
Creating a news posting
Your news posting appears on your course home page on the date that you selected. If you selected Show Start Date, the date of the posting appears beside the headline.
News item status (draft, published, or scheduled)
To make sure an instructor can do all the tweaking to date restrictions, release conditions, content formatting, and getting the headline just right before a news item gets posted News uses the concept of draft, published, and scheduled news items.
When a news item is in draft status (done by clicking Save as a Draft instead of Publish), an instructor can make edits, but the news item is not visible to students. When a news item is published, students can see it and it will generate events for notifications to be sent ( depending on news item availability dates and any release conditions on the item). Scheduled News items are published news items with a future Start Date.
Adding a news posting for a future date
If you set a posting's start date to a date in the future, the posting will not be visible to users until that date. When the specified date (and time) arrive, users can then see the news posting. For example, if you wanted a news posting to appear first thing Monday morning, you could create it on Friday afternoon and specify a start date of Monday at 9:00 am.
Post-dated news items
Users with permission to see post-dated news will see those items in the News tool overview, they will not be displayed in the News widget. Click on theNews icon to enter the News tool overview.
Editing a news posting
Major vs. minor edits
We want instructors to be able to refine a news item, but that shouldn’t impact students’ notifications and dismissed news items. When you edit a news item, you will see a check box for major edits, that make the item visible again to any user who had dismissed it. And it generates “news item edited” event to trigger notifications (important for assignment changes and so on).
Leave it unchecked to update the news item without making the item reappear for users that dismissed it, and without triggering a notification (good for changes to end date, release conditions, or simple formatting).
Adding and deleting release conditions
Release conditions allow you to associate a news item with other items in the learning environment. For example, you could require that users complete an assignment before they see a news item.
In the Release Conditions section, click either Attach Existing or Create and Attach.
See Release Conditions User Guide for more information.
Adding and deleting attachments to a news posting
You can add attachments to a News posting while you are creating or editing it.
To add an attachment
To delete an attachment from a news item
Click theDelete icon next to the attachment that you want to delete.
Changing the order of news postings
Deleting a news posting