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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Restoring a Dismissed News Item
To restore a dismissed news item from the News tool:
Restoring a dismissed news item will place that news item back in the News widget
on the Course homepage.
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:
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.