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
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.
See all of your forums
Select "News Forum"
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.
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