Sending out Announcements with the News Forum
Posted by , Last modified by Katherine Martell on 09 February 2016 02:24 PM

The News Forum is an instructor discussion board in which students are automatically subscribed to. This means, with any message you post, an email will be sent to your students' myPlymouth account within a few minutes. Students are unable to post directly into the News Forum but can still read posted messages.

It is recommended that you rename the News Forum to Announcements or something similar, as it gives your students a better idea of what it will be used for. Each posting will also appear in the Latest News block on your main course page. By default, the last five postings will appear in this section.

Renaming the News Forum

  1. Login to myPlymouth
  2. Select the myCourses tab and the myCourses window appears.
  3. In the center column, select your class title from the appropriate semester category in the myCourses channel. You should now be looking at your course's homepage.
  4. In the top right corner of your screen, select the Turn editing on button
  5. Locate your News Forum activity on the upper left hand corner above the My Course title.
  6. Select the pencil icon next to the News Forum activity.
  7. This will allow you to change the name to Announcements. Clicking on this will also give you access to post news/Announcements to your students by relocating to the appropriate area. Once in this forum area click on add a new topic.
  8. In the New Discussion area type the subject and content of your announcement.
  9. If choosing to do so, scroll down and check the mail now box to send the announcement to your students emails.
  10. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save and return to course

Note: You can also edit the News Forum options by clicking inside of the forum and choosing the Edit settings link located in the Settings block on the left sidebar.

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