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Activity Feed

​Activity Feed is a tool that can be used on the homepage to engage with students more frequently. Using the Activity Feed, instructors can posts course updates, links, and more. This tool contains a commenting feature that allows students to respond to post reminders, subject matter news, current events, etc. 

Add Activity Feed to the Homepage

  1. Access a course via D2L.
  2. Select Edit Course in the navbar to view the dropdown menu. 
  3. Select Course Administration.
  4. Select Homepages.
    homepages icon
  5. Select Course Homepage w/Activity Feed from the dropdown menu.
  6. Select Apply.

Create Activity Feed

  1. Navigate to the Course Home. 
  2. Select the plus sign [A].
    add new news item
  3. Type the message in the box.
  4. To turn off the commenting feature, select the checkbox next to "Allow Comments" [A]. 
  5. To attach a file, website, link, or video select the paperclip icon [B]. 
    allow comments and paperclip icon
  6. Select Post Later to schedule for another time or Post to schedule immediately.
  7. The character limit for a post in Activity Feed is 3,065 characters. If this limit is exceeded once Post is selected an error message will appear.

Manage Commenting and Posting

  1. Select the dropdown arrow next to the Activity Feed [A].
    dropdown for activity feed
  2. Select Manage commenting and posting from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select the preferences desired for commenting and posting.
  4. Select Save.

Edit, Pin, or Delete a Post

  1. Go to the post that needs to be edited, pinned, or deleted. 
  2. Select the three dots in the corner of the post [A].
    three dots in news item
  3. Select one of the three actions from the dropdown menu. 
  4. If editing the post, select Save Changes when complete.