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Updating the News Widget in D2L

The News tool in D2L allows instructors to communicate updates, changes, and new information to students. News items appear in the News widget on the Course Homepage, the first page that students see when they enter the course. Students can subscribe to News updates through email notifications, text message notifications, or an RSS feed.

Note: The News widget displays the first 200-250 characters of a News item, so keep this in mind when prioritizing where information is placed within the News item.

Create a News Item

Manage news items through the News widget on the Course Homepage.

  1. From the Course Homepage, go to the News widget.
  2. Select Create Announcement.
  3. Enter a title in the "Headline" field.
  4. Enter the text of the news item in the "Content" field.

    Note: By default, the News widget will show a stock image with the preview of a news item, but this can be changed. To replace the default preview image, select the camera icon and add an image. (See Managing Images in a News Item for more information.)

  5. 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.
    • Uncheck the Always show start date checkbox if students should not see the start date.
    • Select Remove news item based on end date and enter an end date to hide the news item from the student view after a certain date.
  6. To attach a file to the news item, select Add a File under "Attachments" heading.
  7. Select Publish when complete.

Edit a News Item

  1. Select the headline of the news item.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the headline.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Make any necessary changes.
  5. Select Update. The revised news item will then appear on the Course Homepage in the News widget.

Delete a News Item

Note: Selecting the X next to a news item will not delete it. This will only dismiss the news item, so it will still be available to users until the process below has been followed.

  1. Select the headline of a news item.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the headline.
  3. Select Delete.
  4. Select Yes.

Use the Old Style News Widget

To use a News widget that shows every news item in full, without the preview, the active Course Homepage will need to be changed.

  1. Select Edit Course in the course navigation bar.
  2. Select Course Administration from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Homepages under the "Site Setup" heading.
  4. Select the dropdown arrow under "Active Homepage".
  5. Select Course Homepage w/ Old Style NEWS.
  6. Select Apply.


See Managing Images in a News Item for information on replacing the default preview image and adding icons to news items.

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