Knowledgebase: Managing Your Course
Posting Course Announcements

Article Last Updated February 2020

If you are looking to send an email or get important information to your students, the best tool to do this in eClass is the Announcements forum. By default, all students will receive email messages forwarded from the Announcements forum every time you post to it (through forced subscription). Using this tool also keeps a persistent record of all the announcements you send to your class so that students can check back and view posts if neccessary.

If you do not see the Announcements forum, please see Troubleshooting Announcement Forum problems below or check the article: Missing the Course Announcements Forum.

Posting an Announcement

To post an announcement, the process you follow is exactly as if you were posting to any eClass discussion forum. You can either click on Add a new topic at the top of the right column 'Announcements' block; or click on the 'Announcements forum' link in the top section of your course and then on Add a new topic once you are inside your course announcements forum. You can then enter text as you would normally for any eClass forum.



Scheduling Announcement Posts

Through the basic forum tools, it is possible to set a schedule for delivery of course announcements:

Troubleshooting Announcement forum problems

In general, there are 2 things that can prevent your Announcements forum from sending messages to students:

  1. Changing the forum's subscription settings
    It is possible to change the Subscription mode setting, which can be accessed by going on your forum settings, and navigating to the 'Subscription and tracking' category. This setting should always be left at (or set to) 'Forced subscription'.



  2. Hiding the Announcements forum in the course page
    It is possible to post messages to the forum through the Announcements block in the right-hand column; however if the forum is hidden on the main course page, these announcements will not be visible, nor will any messages be sent.

 

Changing the Announcements forum appearance

If you wish, you can re-title the 'Announcement forum' to other names. To do this, click the pencil icon beside the forum and enter a new title, 'Course News' for example. Be sure to press 'enter' to save and confirm your changes. The 'esc' key can be used to cancel any changes.

Changing News Display in Announcements Block

If you would like to change the number of news items that appear in the 'Announcements' block, click on the gear icon on your course main page, then on Edit settings. Then, navigate to the 'Appearance' category and change the value for ‘Announcements items to show’ to the desired value. Be sure to click on Save changes at the bottom of the page to make the changes.



Hiding/Showing the Announcements

If you wish to remove the 'Announcements' entirely, you need to edit the number of 'Announcements items to show' to zero and delete the 'Announcements' forum from the course home page by clicking on the Edit beside it (once editing is turned on), and click on Delete button. If you try to delete the 'Announcements' without changing the number of 'Announcement items to show' to zero, it will reappear. You will also need to delete the 'Announcements' block from the right hand column of blocks to completely remove the 'Announcements'.




Conversely, if you have previously deleted the 'Announcements' from your course, you can only return it by reversing these changes, both by entering a value in the number of 'News items to show' and by re-adding the 'Announcements' block (click Turn editing on, then at the bottom of the left hand side of the window, click on Add a block then select Announcements).

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