College of DuPage

Blackboard Release 9 - What's NEW?


Where do I find it?

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What's new about it?

There are several improvements!

  • Ordering. Instructors can now change the display order of their announcements using drag and drop.
  • Multiple Display Options. Announcements can be displayed on both a Course Announcements page, a portal Announcements module and in a Course specific Announcements module giving the Instructors added flexibility over how the information is presented.
  • Options to only Display Course Announcements. Instructors may select to only display Course announcements in their course, and not display system announcements. This enables instructors to reserve course announcements for pertinent information and reduces the noise level of announcements within the course. However, if this is done, students may miss important system information about planned maintenance downtimes, for example.
  • Advanced Filtering Options. Advanced filtering options to display All, Course only, and System only announcements enable users to easily find important announcements.
  • Notifications. Notifications of new Course Announcements are displayed on the Course Home Page with other modules and may be sent via email according to the user's personal preferences

If you've used previous versions of Blackboard, you'll notice these features have been removed:

  • Announcement Filter. Users are no longer able to view just the announcements posted from the current day. However, the new reordering capabilities will help ensure that students are getting the most important information and are not missing announcements due to date filters.
  • Announcement Text in Email. Email notifications for announcements include a link to the announcement, but do not include the full body of the announcement text.

How do I use it?

  • Start by turning Edit Mode - On in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • In the Control Panel, click the drop-down arrows to expand the Course Tools area and click Announcements.
  • On the Announcements screen, click Create Announcement.
  • Type a Subject and the text of your Message.
  • Put a checkmark in the box: Display Until and select a date for the announcement to disappear.
  • If you wish to email the announcement, add a checkmark to the box: "Override User Notification Settings."
  • Click Submit


Creating an Announcement (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Using the Text Editor (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Select the Page Where Users Enter Your Course (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

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