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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.
The default News widget displays slim previews of news items with images. To use a News widget that displays news items in full, use the
Old Style News widget.
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.
Manage news items through the News widget on the Course Homepage.
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.)
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.
News items can be copied between courses. When copied, there is an option to automatically publish the news item.
Note: If copying a news item with internal links to a course site, the internal links will only work if the same linked items exist in the specified course.
To use a News widget that shows every news item in full, without the preview, the active Course Homepage will need to be changed. To only change the image displayed with the news item, see
Managing Images in News Items.
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