Image of Announcements area in Blackboard course

You can add, edit, and delete announcements from the Announcements page or via Control Panel -> Course Tools.

You can post time-sensitive material including:
  • When assignments are due
  • Changes to the syllabus
  • Corrections/clarifications of materials
  • Exam schedules

When you add an announcement, you can also send the announcement as an email to students in your course. This will be delivered to their College email address e.g. This ensures that students receive the announcement even if they do not log in to your course. If they are using Blackboard Mobile Learn then a notification will also be sent to their phone via the app.

You can also send an announcement to multiple courses at the same time by using Qwickly on the My Courses page (Instructors only).

If you want to stop receiving notifications about announcements via email or the mobile app then click here to view the instructions.

This package contains a number of short videos produced by Blackboard, which includes:
  • Creating Announcements
  • Creating a Course Task
  • Creating Staff Information Contacts
  • Send Emails & Blackboard Messages

How to Create Announcements

Announcements appear in the order posted, with the most recent announcements appearing first.
  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section, and select Announcements.
  2. On the Announcements page, click Create Announcement on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Announcement page, type a Subject. This becomes the title of the announcement on the Announcements page. In the Message box, you can use the content editor to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia, and mashups. Any files uploaded from your computer are saved in Course Files.
  4. In the Web Announcements Options section, select:
    Not Date Restricted to keep the announcement visible until you remove it.
    Date Restricted to limit the announcement's visibility by date and time.
  5. For Enter Date and Time Restrictions, you can set announcements to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect the announcement availability, only when it appears.
  6. Select the Email Announcement check box to send students an email containing the announcement. The email is sent to all students, even those who choose not to receive announcement notifications through email.
  7. Optionally, in the Course Link section, click Browse to link to a course area, tool, or item.
  8. Click Submit.

Please note:
  • If you attach a file to an announcement and it is then sent as an email then the link to the file will not work from the email.
    This does not affect the link from within Blackboard itself.
  • If you insert an image into an announcement then these may also not display in the email version but will show correctly on Blackboard. In the email the recipient will just see a red x placeholder instead.