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D2L - News Tool

Last Updated: 09/06/2016

D2L’s News tool has some features to help you manage your course communication.

  • Add a News item to be posted for a future date
  • Set an end date to remove expired notes
  • Speak your announcement to students by recording audio
  • Add an attachment to your News items – a useful way to share a reading, worksheet, rubric or other resource that’s ready for student review
  • Want a News item to stay at the top of the list, reorder posts with a few clicks of a button
  • Use replacement strings to personalize News items for each student

To help ensure students read your News posts:

  • At the beginning of the semester, advise students to monitor the News tool throughout the length of the course and let them know the kind of information they can find there.
  • Be concise and straightforward.
    • Write a descriptive headline that briefly describes the subject of the News item
    • Use bulleted lists to break up the information for easy reading
  • Only post News items important for the entire class to read. If an item is of a sensitive or personal nature, contact students, one-on-one, via the email tool or schedule an appointment instead.

If you’d like to hear back from students about your post, creating a discussion forum for announcements is a better option.

For assistance with using D2L’s News tool, visit the tutorials for Adding News Items and Managing News Items.