OEL Help Desk

Creating and Managing Announcements


The Announcements area is the default landing page of a course. It can be used to post important updates about the course (due dates, schedules, clarifications, etc.) in a prominent and quickly accessible area for students.

To create an Announcement:

  1. Enter your course and click on Announcements on the left menu.
  2. Click on the Create Announcement button.
  3. Provide a Subject and Message.
  4. Select a Duration option.
    1. Not Date Restricted: The announcement will be visible immediately and will remain visible to students unless deleted.
    2. Date Restricted: The announcement will only be visible to students during the dates/times selected.
  5. Choose whether to send an email notification of the announcement to students.
    1. If selected, all users in the course will receive an email of the announcement immediately.
    2. Note: This option cannot be used if the announcement is date restricted.
  6. Optionally, add a link to a course area or tool by clicking the Browse button and selecting the the item or tool from the list in the box that pops up.
  7. Click Submit.

Reordering Announcements

By default, new announcements appear at the top of the Announcements page, however, they can be reordered.

  1. Hover over the announcement you wish to move.
  2. A yellow bar will appear on the left side of the announcement.
  3. Click the yellow bar and drag the announcement to the desired position.

Announcements can also be "locked" to the top of the list, if needed, by moving them above the New announcements appear below this line divider.


Editing Announcements

  1. Click the menu button next to the announcement subject and select Edit.
  2. Many any necessary changes.
  3. Click Submit to save the changes.

Deleting Announcements

  1. Click the menu button next to the announcement subject and select Delete.
  2. Confirm the deletion. This action is final and cannot be undone.