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Updating the News Widget in D2L

You can manage the news widget directly from your Course Home page. The News tool enables you to communicate updates, changes, and new information to your students quickly and effectively. 

News postings appear in the News widget on the Course Home page, the first page that students see when they enter the course. In addition, students can subscribe to News updates through email notifications, text-message notifications, or an RSS feed.

Create a News Item

  1. Click the drop-down arrow in the News widget  header. The actions drop-down menu will open.

  2. Create new news item
  3. Select New News Item. The "New Item" page will open.
  4. Enter a title in the "Headline" field.
  5. Enter your post in the "Content" field.

  6. Edit new news item content
  7. Set a date and time for the news item to display in the "Availability" section:
    • Set the start date and time in the "Start Date" section or select Now to immediately release the news item.

    • Set news item start date
    • Uncheck the Always show start date checkbox if you do not want to display a start date to students.

    • Uncheck always show start date in News Item
    • Select Remove news item based on end date and enter an end date if you want to hide the news item from the student view after a certain date.

      News item end date
  8. If you want to attach a file to your news item, click Add a File under the Attachments heading and click Upload to select a file on your computer.
  9. Click Publish at the bottom of the page. Your news item will appear to students on the Course Home page based on the dates you selected.

Edit a News Item

  1. Click the drop-down arrow next to the news item you wish to edit. The Actions drop-down menu will open.
  2. Select Edit. The "Edit Item" page will open.

  3. Edit news item from course home
  4. Make any desired changes to the news item.
  5. Click Update at the bottom of the page. The revised news item will now appear on the Course Home page in the News widget.

Delete a News Item

  1. Click the drop-down arrow next to the news item you wish to delete. The Actions drop-down menu will open.
  2. Select Delete. A confirmation pop-up will open.

  3. Delete news item
  4. Click Yes.

NEXT STEPS

For information on viewing and managing the content for your Calendar, see the Viewing the Calendar and Adding Calendar Events guides. To modify the display settings or visual appearance of your News widget, see the Managing Widgets guide. 

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