ARCHIVED: In Oncourse, how can I control the display of announcements?

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You can display announcements both on your site's Home page and in the Announcements tool. You can set the options to control how announcements are displayed in each location.

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Changing the order in which announcements are displayed

  1. From your site's menubar, click Announcements.
  2. At the top of the page, click Reorder.
  3. On the Reorder Announcements page, you can:
    • Drag and drop announcements to manually change the order in which they are displayed.
    • Click Sort by subject, Sort by author, or Sort by modified date to automatically re-arrange the announcements.
  4. When you have finished adjusting the order of your announcements, click Update to save your changes.

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Setting display options in the Announcements tool

  1. In your site's menubar, click Announcements, and then click Options.
  2. Under "Display Options", use the radio buttons to choose from the following options:
    • Sortable table view: Shows only the subject, and allows you to sort by Subject, Saved By, For (audience), Date, Beginning Date, or Ending Date
    • Sortable table view with announcement body: Shows the subject and as much of the message as you specify in "Characters in body" below, and allows you to sort as in the sortable table view
    • List view with announcement body: Lists messages with as much of the message as you specify in "Characters in body" below, but is not sortable. Messages appear in order of last sort.

      Next to "Characters in body", you can choose to show All, First 50 Characters, or First 100 Characters.

  3. Under "Display Limits", enter a number next to "Number of days in the past" and "Number of announcements" to display a reasonable number of announcements in the tool. If you leave these fields blank, all announcements will be displayed.

    Note: "Number of days in the past" supersedes "Number of announcements". If you have ten announcements, but they are all older than your setting for "Number of days in the past", site participants will not see any announcements posted, regardless of your setting for "Number of announcements".

  4. Click Update to save your changes.

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Setting display options on the Home page

  1. On the site Home page, under "Recent Announcements", click Options.
  2. Check the box next to Show announcement body if you wish to see some or all of the announcement. If you check the box, use the drop-down menu next to "Show about" to choose First 50 Characters, First 100 Characters, or All.
  3. Under "Display Limits", enter a number next to "Number of days in the past" and "Number of announcements" to display a reasonable number of announcements in the tool. If you leave these fields blank, no announcements will be displayed.

    Note: "Number of days in the past" supersedes "Number of announcements". If you have ten announcements, but they are all older than your setting for "Number of days in the past", site participants will not see any announcements posted, regardless of your setting for "Number of announcements".

  4. Click Update to save your changes.

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Changing the RSS alias used for public announcements

  1. In your site's menubar, click Announcements, and then Options.
  2. Under "RSS Feed Options", type your desired alias in the box labeled "RSS Alias", and then click Update.

Note: You can only use an RSS feed with public announcements. To make an announcement public, when creating or editing the announcement, select This announcement is publicly viewable under "Access".

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