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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
Now that you have files posted to your Blackboard course, the next thing you may want to do is create an announcement to tell your students about important events that are coming up in your class. These announcements are going to display for seven days on your course Home Page and then disappear. That's actually here where it says My Announcements. We are on the My Institution page as well. And it says, "No Institution Announcements have been posted for 7 days. No Course or Organization Announcements have been posted in the last 7 days." In other words, the announcements show up for seven days. Then they disappear. It turns out, they don't disappear.
They actually just go into an older folder, and you can make those announcements permanent. Let's show you how to create an announcement. I am going to get into one of my courses. In this case, we'll click on my Educational Technology course. And there are few different ways to get in and create new announcements. I am going to show you from the Home Page here, there's a button that says more announcements. You can also click on Announcements in the Course Management area, but we'll talk about that later. For now, click on more announcements, and there is going to be a big button here that that says Create Announcement, and that's exactly what I am going to do.
I am going to create an announcement for my students telling them that my class is canceled this week, so class is canceled. I am actually going to paste a message that I have got for my students that I wrote. "Class is canceled this week. Continue to work on the group projects and make sure to review and summarize the Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation prior to next Tuesday's class." I can, if I want to, format this. I've got a bunch of formatting tools here, but since class starts in a few hours, let's get this done right now. Now, here is something I want to show you.
We can actually make this where it's a permanent announcement, an announcement will always show up. It's not date-restrictive, meaning that anytime the students log in they are going to see that class is canceled. That's probably a bad idea in this case. However, I can make it date-restricted. In other words, this is going to show up right now, but since I'm going to have class next week, I probably want to have the announcement disappear a week from now. So I have the ability to choose the end date here. In this case, I am going to choose the end date as being next Tuesday, and we'll make it at say the beginning of day, midnight.
Big thing to remember in Blackboard: anytime you have a Display Until, you always want to have a Display After. It's just a good practice to keep these paired. So technically, you can have Display After unchecked, but it's a good idea to have both on. So we have got our announcement here, class is canceled this week. We are going to have it show up starting right now and disappear next Tuesday, at the beginning of the day. Now there is one other thing here that says Course Link, and what the heck is that? Well, the course link allows me to add a link inside my announcement to someplace else within my course.
For example, I've told my students here that I want them to review that Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. It might be a good idea to give them a link to that Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. I am not going to have to upload it again. It's already on Blackboard. In this case I click on Browse, and I just find the file within my Course menu. There it is right there, the Cognitive Art PowerPoint presentation. So what happens is when I click on Submit, it now creates an announcement. There is the announcement saying that the class is canceled with a course link to the Cognitive Art.
If I go to the Course Home Page, you will see that there is an announcement. Now this is something you might not be used to, but it only gives you the title. The students still have to click on this to be able to get and see the entire announcement. The same thing happens over on My Institution tab. It will say that the class is canceled, but the students do have to click on the link. That's one of the reasons why faculty also prefer sending emails in addition to announcements. We'll talk about that in the next movie, but for now, to create an announcement, what you need to do is get into the course into which you wish to make an announcement, on the Home Page click on More Announcements--again, you can also do this under the Course Management area on the left-hand side, but for now we'll click on more announcements.
Click on Create Announcement, type in the subject--that's absolutely required-- type in your message, and then choose the date restrictions and any links to other places within the course that you want to share with your students.
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