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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.
  1. The To: field is automatically populated with the current course(s). Open the To: field to see a dropdown of potential recipients and click the box next to desired recipients.
  2. Specify your announcement's start and end dates; the announcement will disappear from the Announcements list on Home once the end date is reached unless you check the Display indefinitely box.
  3. 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?

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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".

 

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Brian Williams
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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.

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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? 

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Brian Williams
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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. 

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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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Shaun Creighton

We are shuffling around the way we have organized our users and courses within different domains, and a new need has popped up. We have students with user accounts in all different domains (their domain is based on their "traditional" school) who are enrolled courses in a district online academy. This online academy has its own domain, and before this reorganization of accounts/domains, the administrator at the academy set up student accounts and courses manually in the academy's domain, then posted domain announcements so that all students could see them.

With this new organization of things, the online academy's courses will remain in their own domain, but the students enrolled in them may be placed in many different domains. Is there a way for the online administrator to post announcements in a way that it reaches all students enrolled in courses at the online academy, regardless of which domain the user is housed in or uses to log on to Buzz?

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Brad Marshall
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Shaun, no this is not possible. Domain announcements go to users of the domain and course announcements go to the users enrolled in the course. Depending where the users log in, you may be able to use domain-wide landing page content to communicate to these users.

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Shaun Creighton

That's what I figured ... but thought I'd ask. :) Thanks!

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Margaret Lombardi

I am unable to post. I have found the right screen, but the "POST" button is not working.

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Brian Williams
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Hi Margaret!

Could you further expound on the behavior you are experiencing which could help determine what may be causing the behavior? Are you attempting to post as a teacher within a course as Scott mentioned in the earlier comments in this forum? 

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Margaret Lombardi

Hello Brian,

I am attempting to post as a teacher. I have checked "ALL COURSES" in TO because this is an announcement that affects all classes.

This leads to the actual announcement which looks like the screenshot you show above. However, I am unable to POST. It is not activated.

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Brian Williams
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It sounds like you are able to open the announcement editor window but the post button is grayed out? The post button will be grayed out until the subject line is filled out. We require a user input text within the subject line before being able to post an announcement. Does this address your reported behavior? 

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