Blackboard Announcements are a good way to communicate with your students. Announcements appear in your course site and can be sent to students via email. They can also be linked to specific items within your course.
Let's create an announcement asking students to read the course syllabus in preparation for the first day of class.
First, open the course page and click on Announcements in the menu. Then click on the Create Announcements button:
The Create Announcements screen has several sections.
First, you can name your announcement and write a message to students.
(Notice that I included a link to the 1984 Apple SuperBowl ad--please ask if you want to know how to create links in Blackboard!)
The next section lets you control how long the announcement will be displayed. It also lets you choose to send the announcement as an email to students. We'll choose to do that.
Then just click on "Submit" to post your announcement.
And you should get this message telling you that your announcement was posted and email went out to students.
So now you have posted your announcement! But what do your students see?
First, let's have a look at the email:
This is what a student will see in his or her email inbox. The announcement will also appear on the course main page:
Notice that in the full-text version we see the link we made to the course syllabus. That means students who come to your course site will be able to navigate directly to the linked resource.
By the way, that Apple ad is on YouTube
. It was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner
). Worth a look if you haven't seen it.