I'm exploring a way to add course announcements to the Home Page. Below is a screen shot of what the announcements look like on the Home Page. For those interested, I'm providing the steps I followed, and a video walk through. This builds upon what I learned from visiting the SJSU School of Information site. If you try it out, please let me how it is (or isn't) working for you.
Totally worked with a slight change...I had to copy the iFrame from Feedwind to get the Announcements to appear. Love it! Thank you so much for sharing. I have had several clients ask how to do this. I will be passing along this information.
Thanks for doing this, Robert. It's more elegant than the others I've used, which require you to upload an HTML document into Canvas.
I really like this, it could look very cool. It's not quite as visual as this but it is now possible to add standard Canvas course announcements to the course home page. Details are here https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-8731#jive_content_id_Pages
When an announcement is added will the students receive a notification if "notify users that this content has changed" is checked? I understand the feed is coming from Feedwind, but didn't know if on the back end it recognizes that a new announcement is added.
Thank-you so much! I love this! There is text I want available, but I don't want it to take up the whole page (in my case it's the weekly agendas, so I changed the title from "Announcements," but same idea), and this is the grreatest thing! SO awesome of you to share this with everyone!!!
Having really compelling announcements on homepage is VERY important to me! I use a blog-based solution, with an iframe to display my daily class announcements blog as my Canvas homepage. This is a really good solution for me in particular because I have one blog for both of my classes, so I update once (at blog) and it appears automatically in both courses. I've written up detailed step by step here:
And I also have some observations here on difference between iframe and Redirect App as method of embedding; to get something to be your Canvas course homepage, you need to use iframe (iframe in Page, then Page as homepage):
Also, in terms of RSS syndication, I use Inoreader, which is a tool that is both a great RSS aggregator AND a syndication engine that offers a lot more granular control than Feedwind. I haven't really documented that in detail (I should!). You can use the free version to turn an RSS feed into an HTML view, and it also allows you to do combined feeds, feeds based on active searches, feeds based on rule-based tags and/or manual tags, etc. The paid version lets you do unlimited rules, aggregate not just RSS but also Twitter and Facebook, all kinds of amazing and very useful features. I am a fan.
If people are interested in learning more about this, let me know. At stefaniesanders's suggestion, I'm starting to work up some materials in CanvasLIVE, and Inoreader is something I was thinking I might present on because RSS IS A SUPERPOWER (all-caps on purpose: I love RSS). Here are some notes I've written about using Inoreader plus Diigo RSS to display a live Diigo bookmark stream in Canvas:
And here are some notes about using Inoreader for an RSS blog feed in Canvas; screenshot below.
I've been using RSS since the dawn of time, but I am new to Canvas, and not quite sure best way to contribute. But I am glad to connect with other fans of RSS. 🙂
Just a quick follow-up to my previous comment; I wrote a blog post today where I give a kind of "guided tour" of my blog sidebar. The ability to have a just-for-fun sidebar is one of the big reasons why I prefer to do my announcements with a blog rather than trying to do that in a Canvas designed layout:
See the announcements in action at this (open) Canvas course: Daily Announcements: MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore S17