Announcements are an ideal way to post time-sensitive information critical to course success. Add announcements for these types of course activities:

  • Due dates for assignments and projects
  • Changes to your syllabus
  • Corrections/clarifications of materials
  • Exam schedules

You can add, edit, and delete announcements from the Announcements page. When you add an announcement, you can also send it as an email to students in your course. Students receive the announcement even if they don't log into your course.

If you see a list where your name appears, you can access the activity stream. Original Course View announcements appear in the stream. Students see the announcements in the Today or Recent sections of their streams.

Video: Create Announcements in the Original Course View


Watch a video about creating announcements

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" video about creating announcements.

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Video: Create announcements shows how to create an announcement in Blackboard Learn.


Create an announcement

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating an announcement.

Announcements appear in the order you post them. The most recent announcement appears first.

  1. On the Control Panel, go to Course Tools > Announcements.
  2. Select Create Announcement.
  3. Type a Subject, which appears as the title of the announcement on the Announcements page.
  4. Type your message.
  5. In the Web Announcements Options section, you can choose to restrict the announcement by date:
    • If you choose Not Date Restricted, the announcement is visible until you remove it.
    • If you choose Date Restricted, select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Provide the date and time restriction settings. To display an announcement from a date forward, select the Display After check box and provide a date and time, but don't select the Display Until check box.
  6. Select the Email Announcement check box to send an email with the announcement to all course members, which includes students, instructors, and teaching assistants. This option only appears if you have a valid email address in the system.

    Choose this option if your announcement has embedded files or images.

    Users who chose not to receive announcement notifications through email will receive this announcement email. Your institution controls if this option is available. Email announcements display your name but are sent from a "do not reply," automated account.

    This option doesn't work if you chose to post the announcement in the future. You'll receive an error and need to clear the email announcement check box.

  7. Optionally, in the Course Link section, select Browse to link to a course area, tool, or item.

    A course link won't appear in the email announcement if you choose to send one.

  8. Select Submit.

More about email announcements

When you and your students view announcements inside a course, all embedded images, videos, links, formatting, and attached files appear correctly. In an email announcement, some content may not appear or work as you intend. In this table, review the content or formatting in combination with the Send a copy of this announcement immediately option to view the results.

Reminder: Your institution controls if the email announcement option is enabled.

Features that appear in announcement emails
Type of content or formatting added Appears with email announcement enabled? Appears in an email if students chose the option, but with email announcement disabled?
All formatting in the first row of the editor, such as font formatting, numbered and bulleted lists, and headings Yes Yes
Image Yes No
Link Yes, and the link opens Yes, and the link opens
File attachment Yes, and a user can open or download the file Appears but a user can't open or download the file
YouTube video, embedded No No
YouTube video, thumbnail Yes Yes
Course link No No

If you create an announcement in an unavailable course and choose to send an email announcement, the email is sent to all users in the course. If you create an announcement in an unavailable course and don't choose to send an email announcement, the announcement isn't emailed later when you open the course to students.


Reorder announcements

On the Announcements page, use the bar to reposition and prioritize your announcements. Drag the bar to reorder announcements to new positions on the page. Move priority announcements above the bar to pin them to the top of the list and prevent new announcements from superseding them.

Students see announcements in the order you choose. Students don't see the bar and can't reorder announcements.


Edit and delete announcements

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about editing an announcement.

To edit or delete an announcement, select Edit or Delete in its menu. The delete action is final and irreversible.

If you chose to send an email announcement and edit the announcement after you post it, another email is sent.

When another person such as your TA edits an announcement you posted, your name is replaced.

If you edit an announcement with no date restrictions, the posted date and time is changed to the current date and time after you submit. To retain the original posted date and time, select Date Restricted and the original posted date and time appears under Display After.


ULTRA: Find your institution announcements

If your institution uses the Ultra experience, announcements appear in the Today section of the activity stream. You may also find announcements on the login page.


ULTRA: Where course announcements appear

New, active course announcements appear the first time students enter your course. Students need to close the New Course Announcements window before they can view course content. After students close the window, it won’t appear again. If you post new announcements, the window appears again with only the new announcements.

Active announcements also appear in the Today and Recent sections of the activity stream. Most announcements disappear from the activity stream when students view them within their courses. If you schedule an announcement, it also appears in the activity stream at the scheduled time.

Students receive a course announcement and an activity stream notification about course groups they need to join. If students haven't joined a course group, that alert remains in the activity stream.

On the Course Content page in the Details & Actions panel, students can select View archive to read past, active announcements. They may also select the Search announcements icon and type keywords to locate a specific announcement.

Video: Create Announcements in the Ultra Course View


ULTRA: Watch a video about creating announcements

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" video about creating announcements.

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Create announcements shows how to create an announcement in Blackboard Learn in the Ultra Course View.


ULTRA: Create an announcement

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating an announcement.

Use announcements to share important, time-sensitive information.

On the Course Content page in the Details & Actions panel, select the announcements link to get started. The New Announcement page appears.

Type a title and message for the announcement. The title has a 256-character limit. Use the options in the message editor to format text, embed multimedia, and attach files.

You can also send an email copy to all course members, including yourself. Select the Send an email copy to recipients check box. Recipients need a valid email address in the system. You can't send an email copy for an announcement scheduled to display in the future. Emails about announcements are always sent and aren't controlled by the global notification settings.

If you post an announcement and forget to select the email copy check box, you'll need to create a new announcement. If you edit the announcement and select email copy and post it again, the email isn't sent.

Select Save to save your announcement as a draft. On the Course Announcements page, you can post announcements when you're ready.

The count of posted and total course announcements updates in the Details & Actions panel.

What do students see in the email?

In the email, embedded content appears as links. Students can select the links to view the content.


ULTRA: Schedule an announcement

You can create an announcement for a future event, such as a reminder about a course event or due date. You can schedule announcements to post automatically in your course on the date and time you choose. You can also hide announcements when they're no longer relevant.

If you schedule an announcement to display in the future, the email check box is disabled. You can send an email copy if you post the announcement now and choose a hide date in the future.

  1. On the New Announcement page, select the Schedule announcement check box.
  2. When you schedule an announcement, a Show on date and time is required. You can't clear that check box.
  3. Optionally, select the Hide on check box and select the date and time.

Use the date picker to schedule announcements. If you type a date, it reverts to the default date when you save the announcement.

If you no longer want to schedule the announcement, clear the Schedule announcement check box.

On the Course Announcements page, the scheduled announcement appears with the Scheduled label in the Status column.


ULTRA: Course Announcements page

On the Course Content page in the Details & Actions panel, select the announcements link to view all your course announcements.

On the Course Announcements page, you can view each announcement’s status and number of viewers. You can also create, copy, edit, sort, and delete announcements.

  1. View a summary of your announcements. View the number of course announcements by status at the top of the page. Announcements have three statuses: Posted, Scheduled, and Draft.
  2. Sort columns. Sort announcements by the title, status, or the number of viewers.
  3. Search announcements. Select the Search announcements icon and type keywords to locate a specific announcement.
  4. Create a new announcement. Select the plus sign icon to open the New Announcement page.
  5. Manage announcements. Open an announcement's menu to edit, copy, or delete an announcement.

ULTRA: Edit, copy, or delete an announcement

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about editing an announcement.

You can edit, copy, or delete any announcement in your course. On the Course Announcements page, open an announcement's menu and select an option:

  • Select Edit to change the title or message. You can also edit the scheduled time to post and turn the time on and off.
  • Select Delete to permanently remove an announcement from your course.
  • Select Copy to make an exact copy of an existing announcement and update as needed.

Reminder: If you post an announcement and forget to select the email copy check box, you'll need to create a new announcement. If you edit the announcement and select email copy and post it again, the email isn't sent.