Is there anyway to vary the background on the announcement subject line? Some of my announcements are pertinent to different weeks of the course and I would like to color code them in the announcement list.
Hi Lynn Shay ~
You can customize a lot about announcements, but I do not believe it is possible to change the color of the subject line itself. Thinking about accessibility, that may not be an ideal solution for organization anyway, as not everyone sees color on screens in the same way.
If you're looking to customize / label the subject line, could you add an emoji or icon to the subject? I try to do that with some of my courses; that way, students know what the announcement is about (generally) before they open it. For example, ⭐ (star) may mean Remember! while ✏️ (pencil) may mean Homework Change!. I try to keep announcements sparse so they maintain their implied sense of urgency.
I frequently use http://getemoji.com/ from my desktop for easy options to cut and paste.
Another way to help students visually with announcements is to create a set of icons to use as images inside the body of the announcement itself. With the Rich Content Editor and HTML capabilities within announcements, you have a lot of options.
Whichever way you decide to go, I encourage you to seek consistency! It'll make it easier for your students to navigate your course content efficiently!
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