Creating a News Forum

By: Katherine Wesmiller

The name is misleading as this is not a forum but a notice board for teachers: a place for you to post the latest news. This is a great way to communicate with your students and send out large e-mail blasts with announcements or changes to your course.

Add a topic

Add a topic

Click "Add a new topic"

If you do not have a "News Forum" block you may have to add one from the bottom of the site.

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Create your message

Create your message

1. Select a title similarly to the subject in a new e-mail

2. Enter your message

3. Click "Post to forum"--when you click on this it will be posted to the block on your page as well as sent out to all of your students through e-mail.

You'll notice that it is automatically set to "Groups: All Participants". If you only want to send information to a specific class or group follow the next steps.

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All forums

All forums

Click "Forums

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See all of your forums

Select "News Forum"

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Changing your group

1. Select the "Separate groups" drop down menu

2. Choose the group you want to contact

Notice that it will log your entries as well as which group you e-mailed.

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Groups has changed

Groups has changed

Now in your News Forum message it will be grouped by the period rather than "All Participants"

Be careful to change back to "All Participants" otherwise you will continue to only send out information to your selected group.

Also notice everyone is subscribed to this forum. If you want this as an e-mail blast you have to have it set as forced subscription. If you want students to be able to decide whether or not to subscribe to the news forum you can change your settings.

Changing the News forum settings

This allows you to change your settings

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You can change the description, the name as well as the subscription. Forcing students to subscribe allows for mass e-mails to your entire class.

Remember you have to decide this for all forums and most students do not want an e-mail every time someone posts a response on a forum.

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