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Course creation and Settings: Noticeboard: Display and Update Information

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For: StaffApplication: Administering your module , QMplusTagged: forum , topic 0

QMplus allows you to display text and images at the top of your course page. This guide will cover two ways of doing this. Firstly manually adding text to the course display area and secondly using the QMplus’s ‘Module Announcements’ feature which dynamically displays the current ‘Module Announcements’ post at the top of the page.


Step 1: Manually add information to course noticeboard (i.e adding Static text to the top of your module page)

    1.   Click on the TURN EDITING ON button (top right of your screen).
    2.    On your course page click on the Edit news display settings icon
    3.    Tick the box, ‘Use static text instead of module announcements’. (see screengrab)
    4.    Add your text to the ‘Static text’ text field (see screengrab).
    5.    Click on SAVE CHANGES.

     

    The notice board now displays your text (and in this example an image) at the top of your course page. 

    Step 2: Display ‘dynamic’ information on your noticeboard using ‘Module announcements’

    Regular communication with your students is important whilst you are teaching. QMplus enables you to post announcements, news etc to all students via the Module announcements or News forum at the top of your module area. You can display the latest announcement in that forum at the top of your page as an additional reminder to students. Surveys of QMplus indicate that students find this feature very useful.

    To enable this feature follow these steps

    1.    Click on the TURN EDITING ON button (top right of your screen).
    2.    On your course page click on the Edit news display settings icon. (see screengrab below)
    3.    Click on the ‘I want to display news and announcements from my module forum’ check box  (see screengrab below) .
    4.    Click on SAVE CHANGES. By default the ‘Do you want to display Module Announcements’ check box is ticked, however if you have not done so before you will need to click on SAVE CHANGES in order for this option to be saved.

    Step 3: Adding a message to the Module Announcements

    1.  Click on Module Announcements then click on ADD A NEW TOPIC.
    2.    Add a ‘Subject’ and ‘Message’. This will be displayed at the top of your course page in the noticeboard area.
    3.    When you are happy with what you have written, click Save Changes.
    4. Your Forum post is displayed and should look like the screenshot below. Note that if necessary you can edit and delete your post. (see red arrow on screengrab)
    5. Navigate back to your module homepage and you will be able to see your post displayed.  This post will be displayed until it is replaced by a new ‘Module Announcements’ post. Selecting the ‘More News and Announcements’ enables students to read all the posts.
    6.  If your post is very long then you can display a truncated version of your post by going into the news and announcements area and selecting ‘I want to display a shortened version of news and announcements’

    Step 4: Adding a module image

    The final step is to add a Module/Course image.

    1. Find a suitable image that represents the main themes of your module. Where possible ensure that the image is not too large in size (around 100kb or less is ideal) and is more ‘square’ than rectangular – the image will be cropped and you may not get the kind of results you would expect.
    2. There are 1000s of freely available images on Flickr CC or CC search.
    3. You can crop images using a free online image editor like PIXLR
    4.  In the settings block click ‘Edit settings’
    5. Navigate to the Course Summary filesSelect the folder icon and upload an image as per the typical method.
    6. When you have finished click Save and Display
    7. Your Module Noticeboard /News and Announcements area is now ready
    • Please note that there is a LATEST NEWS block which displays the three most recent Module Announcements posts.
    • To find out more about using blocks to customise your page, please consult the ‘Blocks’ handout.

    If you are someone who uses the ‘Module Announcements’ to communicate important information to your students then this could be a good way to display regular updates on your page.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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