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.

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.


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 students an email with the announcement. This option only appears if you have a valid email address in the system.

    The email is sent to all students, even those who chose not to receive announcement notifications through 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.

  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. Announcements can also appear on the login page.


ULTRA: Course announcements

Announcements help you share important information with others in your course. Unlike messages, announcements appear immediately when a student opens a course. Students are less likely to ignore the information you share in a course announcement because it demands attention. They need to dismiss the notification before they view course content.

Course Announcements page

Find course announcements in the Details & Actions area of the Course Content page.

The Course Announcements page lists all announcements in your course, including each announcement’s status and number of viewers. You can create, copy, edit, and delete announcements on this page.

  • Search or sort the list. You can sort announcements by the title, status, or the number of viewers. You can use the search function to find announcements by title or message content.
  • Create a new announcement. You can create a blank announcement or copy an existing announcement to use as a template.
  • View the status. Announcements have three states: Posted, Scheduled, and Drafted. An announcement’s status appears with its content. You can also view the number of course announcements by status at the top of the page.
  • Manage announcements. You can edit or delete announcements from this page.

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.

Select Create announcement on the Course Content page to get started. The New Announcement page appears.

Type a title and message text for the announcement. Select Save to save your announcement draft. Select Post in the Status column of the Course Announcements page to post the announcement immediately. You can also schedule announcements to start and end at certain times.

After you’ve created and posted announcements in your course, the count of posted and total announcements appears on the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Schedule an announcement

You may want to create announcements for future events, such as a reminder about a course event or exam. You can schedule announcements to post automatically in your course at the date and time you specify. You can also use the schedule feature to have announcement disappear when no longer relevant.

As you create an announcement, select Schedule announcement. Choose a date and time to start and stop displaying the announcement for students.


ULTRA: Edit or delete an announcement

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

You can edit any announcement in your course, including past, active, and scheduled announcements. On the Course Announcements page, select the More Options menu to manage an announcement.

Select Edit to change an announcement’s title or message. You can also edit the announcement’s scheduled posting.

Select Delete to permanently remove the announcement from your course.

Select Copy to duplicate an announcement. You can create a template announcement and duplicate it for announcements that use a similar format.


ULTRA: Where announcements appear

Active course announcements appear the first time each student enters the course after the announcement is posted. Announcements appear before the student can access the Course Content page. After the student dismisses the announcement, it won’t appear immediately when the student accesses the course in the future.

Active announcements also appear in the Today and Recent sections of the Activity Stream. The announcement disappears from the Activity Stream when the student dismisses it within the course.

If an announcement is still active, students can access the announcements they’ve dismissed. On the Course Content page, students can select View archive to read past, active announcements in the course.

Scheduled announcements only appear on the Course Content page and in the archive on the dates and times you selected.