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Creating announcements

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Video: Creating announcements

Blackboard has a tool that allows you to create an announcement within Blackboard that is viewed by anybody who is enrolled in your course. This announcement could be a reminder of a test, a pointer to some new file, notification of a schedule or a room change. I want you to notice that inside of Blackboard there are links to the Announcements tool all over the place. In fact, I am here on My Institution tab. Under tools there's a link to Announcements right there. I've got My Announcements module which is going to show me anything that's been posted within the last seven days.

Creating announcements

Blackboard has a tool that allows you to create an announcement within Blackboard that is viewed by anybody who is enrolled in your course. This announcement could be a reminder of a test, a pointer to some new file, notification of a schedule or a room change. I want you to notice that inside of Blackboard there are links to the Announcements tool all over the place. In fact, I am here on My Institution tab. Under tools there's a link to Announcements right there. I've got My Announcements module which is going to show me anything that's been posted within the last seven days.

After seven days, announcements go into an archive, which you can still access. But here's the new announcements. Test has been posted. Notice it's actually under the courses that you're teaching. Your My Courses module may also show you the announcement for that particular course. But notice it's only going to give me the subject line. It's not actually giving me the text of the message. I have to click on the announcement to actually view the announcement text. Let me get back into My Institution. I am going to into one of my courses. And just like the My Institution tab, there are lots of ways to get into announcements here in your Blackboard course.

One of the easiest ways to do it is if you still have the course homepage there is a My Announcements module here. You can also find Announcements under Tools. This is the tools that are available to the students. So unless you've hidden this link from your students, you will see a link to announcements here. If I scroll down under a Course Tools, let me smush Customization and open up Course Tools, you're going to see a link to Announcements here. But again when I get into my course and access to course homepage notice the Announcements only gives me the subject.

It doesn't give me the full message. The other thing, out of the box Blackboard 9 by default does not have a link to Announcements on the course menu. Now we added a link earlier. Let me get rid of that and let's do it again. I am going to delete this link and you may not see a link to Announcements anywhere on your course menu. Well, you can fix that pretty easily just by adding a new tool link.

I am going to click on the plus in the top left-hand corner. I am going to click on Create Tool Link. I am going to type Announcements. I am going to make it available to users. Notice that Announcement is the first type of tool you can link to, but you can link to a whole bunch of other things as well. I am going to click on Submit. When I add anything to the course menu it adds it to the bottom. I am going to drag it to where I want it. The location of where this is on the course menu doesn't actually change what the course entry point is.

In fact, I've made Announcements as the number one thing. If I click on the breadcrumb trail, notice that the Home Page is still the first page that people see when they get in course regardless of where it is here on the course menu. I can change this though. So I can make it so that when students access the course they access the announcements first, not the home page. Let me show you how to do that. I am going to scroll down. I am going to smoosh Course Tools. This time I'm a going to go down to Customization > Style.

I can no scroll down and choose in number 4, a new entry point. I am going to choose an entry point not of the Home Page, but of the Announcements. By the way, when you change your course entry point the safe choices are Announcements and Home Page. You never ever want to link to an external website. Some of the other areas within Blackboard could cause a problem. Announcements, Home Page, those two are really safe choices. So I am going to click on Announcements and at the very bottom of the page click on Submit.

Now let's get back into the course and I can click on the course breadcrumb trail and notice that my home page has changed. It says Announcements. Actually, let me get out My Institution. Go back into the course and notice that the course entry point is now Announcements. The home page is still there. The students can click on it, but I've now made it so that when students access my course, they're going to see the announcements first. Two more things I want to talk about with announcements. There is already an announcement here.

The test automatically created this. So in a previous movie we created a test and it says, "The following Test has been made available in Assignments: Practice Test." What I want to do now is I actually want to link to that test. What I can do is I can click on the Edit button, the button with the two downward facing chevrons to the right of the particular item I want to edit. Click Edit and then scroll down.

I can edit this announcement, but I can also down here browse my course and add a link to that particular test. It's actually a smart idea. Blackboard automatically creates this announcement for a test. My recommendation, click on Browse, find the test, link to it. It's actually just a really smart way and it's going help your students get to the test a little quicker. I am going to skip though in this case and create a brand-new announcement. I want to remind the students that there's a test coming up.

I am going to tell the student, Test 2 is on Thursday. I am going to paste this text saying Test 2 is own Thursday. Study the week 1 files. Scroll down and I'm going to go-- and because I have a specific announcement I am going to say, well, Test 2 is on Thursday. Study the week 1 files. That's not going to make much sense after next Thursday. So I am going to have it Display Until next Thursday. I am going to say, okay, on Thursday I want this to go away.

The test is actually at 10 am. So I am going to have the message go away at 10 am. Always a good idea when working with date restrictions to work in pairs. I am going to have it show up today and the time is perfectly fine. Let me give you an example of browsing and choosing a link. So I told the students here that I want them to study the week 1 files. I am actually going to link to those week 1 files. There they are in the course menu. So I am going to have a link to the week 1 files.

When I click on Submit, I've now created a link in the announcement to that particular file. Again, I can go and rearrange these in any order that I want, completely up to me, and to see what this looks like from student's point of view just turn Edit mode off and that's what the students will see. So remember Blackboard has an Announcements tool that allows you to create a text announcement within your Blackboard course, which you can use to communicate with your students and remind them of things that they need to know.

To access the Announcements tools in your course there are links to it all over the place, but eventually you're going to get into the announcement. Let's do it the old-school way, click on the Announcements, and then you can click on Create Announcements, or you can edit any announcement. So that's how to create an announcement.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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