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How do I create announcements?

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Ryan Richins
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Use the Communication tool to create announcements for individual courses or groups of courses.

To create announcements:

  1. Open Communication from the Main Menu.
  2. Click New Announcement in the toolbar; the To: field will automatically be populated with the current course(s).
  3. Click the To: field to see a dropdown of potential recipients (nothing appears if all potential recipients are already selected).
  4. Click recipients in the To: field to remove them.
  5. Specify your announcement's start and end dates; the announcement will disappear from the Announcements list on Home once the end date is reached.
  6. Compose your message and click Post.

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Keoni Messer

We have occasion to make course announcements from domain administrator accounts in Brainhoney. In Buzz, we don't see the option to make a course announcement unless the user is enrolled as the teacher. Is there a way to make course announcements without having an enrollment in Buzz?

Scott Taylor

Hello Keoni,

In Buzz it is intended for admins to create Domain Announcements and for instructors to create course announcements. There is not currently support for an admin to create a course announcement unless they have an enrollment in the course and performing the action as an instructor.

Jeff Lockard

Is there a way to make Announcements mandatory to be read by the recipients once they are logged into the UI?  This would be needed in both BrainHoney and Buzz.

 

Scott Taylor

Hello Jeff,

At this time there is not an option to force announcements to be read by the recipient. We'll flag this for inclusion in discussions for possible enhancements to the system.

Jeff Lockard

What does the "communication" icon on the main menu look like?  I read above that an admin needs to be enrolled in the course to send a course level announcement, so I logged in as a teacher and don't see an icon labeled "communication".

 

Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hi Jeff!

Within the new Buzz UI after signing into the teacher app, the teacher may navigate to the hamburger icon (upper left on the page) which will display options to choose from. Select Communication from the list of choices. Then, the browser will navigate to the Communication page where there is a toolbar at the upper right of the page. Select the Announcement dialogue box icon next to the arrow Send Mail icon.

Michele Nickels

Is there a way to see past announcements?  So if we put a start and end date it looks like they disappear.  Sometimes it is nice to be able to see past announcements and copy/paste and tweak them slightly to use again?  It seems to me we could see announcements that had expired in the past. Thanks for your help? 

Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Michele!

Student's will not be able to see expired announcements, however the teacher may view the expired announcement from the Teacher app by selecting a specific course from the list within the Communication page that the expired announcement applies to. 

Michele Nickels

Thank you Brian for highlighting the key was to filter by course.  Since I had posted it to all courses I missed that sorting would get those expired announcements to appear. 

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