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Accessing News

The NewsWidget is located on the top-left of your Course Home page. This widget's primary function is to display course related reminders, announcements, and updates. The News tool is located within the Communication link group of the default navigation bar. 

image of the news tool in the default course nav bar along with the position of the news widget

News items can be published immediately, conditionally released to particular students, or scheduled for release in the future. The HTML editor allows you to draw attention to a news item with formatting capabilities. You can also post images inside of your news item. The five most current news items will appear in the News Widget unless you change the display options.


Add a News Item
  1. Click the downward facing arrow to right of the News Widget title, select New News Item.

    image of the expanded news widget context menu (go to news tool, new news item, reorder news items, rss)

  2. Add a Headline for your News Post. The heading will appear at the top of your news posting in bold text.
  3. Add Content to your post. You can use the HTML editor to add backgrounds, images, hyperlinks, and other customized content.

    headline and content fields of a new news item

  4. Set the Availability by setting a Start and End Date.
    Image of dates within a news item
    1. Assigning a start date will allow D2L to suspend publishing the news item until the Start Date has been reached. 
    2. Assigning an end date will allow D2L to take down or suppress a news item from the student view once the End Date has been reached. To enable the End Date, check the Remove new item based on end date checkbox and enter a date and time. 
  5. Add Attachment. You can attach images here to have them show up in the News Post. Click the Add a File button to upload an attachment. 
  6. Add Release Conditions if you would like the News Post to show up after a specific condition is met.
  7. Click Publish to post immediately, click Save as Draft to publish later. Note that selecting Save as Draft will require you to manually revisit the news item in order to publish it to your students.

image of the publish options of a news item (publish, save as draft, and cancel)

Edit a News Item
  1. From the News page, select  edit from the context menu of the news item you wish to edit. 

    image of a news item context menu (edit, dismiss, delete)

  2. Make the necessary changes.
  3. Click Update.

If you make substantial changes to the news items and would like to notify your students, checking the Major Edit - send a notification and restore it for those who dismissed it checkbox will perform two actions: the updated news item will appear at the top of the students' news widgets and they will also receive a notification via the minibar of the update.  

 
Re-Order News Items

You can re-order your News Items if you would like to bring something back to the front that has fallen below the 5 newest news posts.

  1. Select Reorder News Items from the News Widget context menu. Alternately, click the Re-Order option from the More Actions button menu.
  2. The Sort Order is shown in the far right column.
  3. The Sort Order will start with 1 and go to the number of posts you have, simply change the sort order through the drop down menus.

image of the sort order column of the reorder news items page

Dismiss a News Item

Dismissing a news item suppresses that item from the current user's view. The small (X) in the top right corner of a news items is often mistaken as the delete function. This icon is actually connected to the dismiss action. Only instructors and administrators have access to delete a news item.  

  1. To dismiss a news item from the News widget on the Course homepage, click on the small (X) in the top right-hand corner of the item.

    image of a news item with the dismiss (x) highlighted

  2. To dismiss a news item from the News tool, select Go to News Tool from the News widget's context menu. Then, select Dismiss from the context menu of the new item you would like to dismiss. 

Restoring a Dismissed News Item

To restore a dismissed news item from the News tool:

  1. Select Go to News Tool from the News widget's context menu.
  2. Select Restore from the context menu of the new item you would like to restore. 

image of the context menu of a dismissed news item

Restoring a dismissed news item will place that news item back in the News widget on the Course homepage.

Delete a News Item

You can also Delete News Items should you choose you no longer want to display that particular post. There are two ways to delete a news item:

Method 1:

  1. From the News Widget, select Delete from an item's context menu.

    image of the context menu of a news item on the news widget

  2. A pop-up will ask you to confirm the News Item Deletion.

Method 2:

  1. From within the Edit News widget, select the checkbox next to the item you wish to delete.

    image of the delete news item checkboxes

  2. Click the delete button.
  3. A pop-up will ask you to confirm the News Item Deletion.
Subscribing to a News RSS Feed

An RSS (or Really Simple Syndication) feed is a method of distribution where a user subscribes to a news channel to receive updates via an RSS Reader without logging into D2L.  D2L automatically creates RSS feeds for your news items. You and your students can subscribe to the RSS feed.

  1. From the Course homepage, select RSS from the News Widget's context menu.

    image of the expanded news widget context menu (go to news tool, new news item, reorder news items, rss, notifications)

  2. Select a subscription option from the dropdown menu.

    image of the RSS options

  3. Click Subscribe Now.
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