Administrators add, edit, and delete important messages from the institution on the Announcements page. These announcements can be set to appear in:
- The Announcements section of every course and organization.
- The My Announcements portal module.
- The Announcements tool in the portal tool panel.
Availability of the Announcements Tool
To learn how to make the announcements tool available in courses and organizations, see Manage Tools.
How to Create or Edit an Announcement
- On the Administrator Panel in the Tools and Utilities section, click Announcements.
- On the action bar, click Create Announcement -OR- access an announcement's contextual menu and click Edit. The following table describes the options.
Announcement Options Option Description Announcement Information Subject [r] Provide a subject for the message. Message Provide the body of the announcement. Web Announcement Options Duration Select Permanent to create a permanent announcement. This announcement is automatically displayed after the time and date it is created. Select Date Restricted to define the display dates. Select Date Restrictions This field displays only if you select Date Restricted in the Duration field. Select the Display After check box to make the announcement available on a certain date and time. Set the date and time by typing the values or using the pop-up calendar or clock functions. Select the Display Until check box to stop displaying the announcement after a certain date and time. Set the date and time by typing the values or clicking the calendar or clock pickers. Show at Login Select Yes or No to make the announcement display on the login page. Show in Courses and Organizations Select Yes or No to make the announcement display on the Courses page. Blackboard Connect SMS Options These options are available only when Blackboard Learn has a valid and active integration with Blackboard Connect. Blackboard Connect is not available with Blackboard Learn - Basic Edition. Immediate SMS Copy To send the announcement as an SMS message via Blackboard Connect, select the Send above announcement to subscribers via SMS check box. The SMS messages will not be sent if the announcement is set to display on the web at a later date. SMS messages are limited to 130 characters. SMS Announcement Text Provide the text of the SMS message. Blackboard Connect Text-to-Voice Options These options are available only when Blackboard Learn has a valid and active integration with Blackboard Connect. Blackboard Connect is not available with Blackboard Learn - Basic Edition. Immediate Read Aloud Copy To read the announcement aloud via Blackboard Connect Text-to-Voice, select the Read aloud via Text-to-Voice check box. To read aloud the original announcement text, click Read announcement text. To provide a custom message to be read aloud, click Compose custom message and provide the text of the Text-to-Voice message. The Text-to-Voice messages will not be sent if the announcement is set to display on the web at a later date. Pronunciation Key The pronunciation key affects how the Text-to-Voice system pronounces the words in the announcement subject and message. Click either English Pronunciation Key or Spanish Pronunciation Key.
- Click Submit.
Announcements are displayed in the My Announcements module on the My Institution tab in this order:
- Permanent institution announcements are displayed first.
- Institution announcements that fall into the display range appear next.
- Permanent course and organization announcements display next.
- Course and organization announcements that fall into the display range are listed last.
Within each of the above categories, announcements are displayed in order of creation.