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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. 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.
By default, the News widget will show a stock image with the preview of a news item, but this can be changed.
Note: If the item has not been posted, follow the directions above to add a new news item, then skip to step 5.
Note: It is recommended to add the image at the bottom of the news item so students will see the body of the item first.
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.
To use a News widget that shows every news item in full, without the preview, the active Course Homepage will need to be changed.
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