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Common announcement to all my classes

Common announcement to all my classes

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i teach five different classes (classes, not sections! ) and I have an announcement to make to all my classes. Currently, the only way seems to be - make the announcement five times, once in each class.

 

Shouldn't I be able to make it once, for all my classes?

Note from the Community Team: We are aligning this with a very similar idea, https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/6507-post-announcements-in-multiple-courses-at-once" modifiedt....

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Community Member

I want to add my encouragement, and suggest deeper implementation. I would love, as mentioned to share announcements, messages, images, files, and even wiki pages to courses by selecting from active courses. I often have to repeat the same process. This could reduce the need for me to cross list multiple sections. In addition to the per course selection. I'd like to see an easy way to push these pages and information to specific groups within a course.

Community Member

"Add External Feed" to your course Announcements area, in multiple courses, and post your announcement via RSS.  I have tested this out, and conceptually, it works, but the feed is not polled as often as I would like.

Community Member

Definitely want to be able to make the same announcement across courses.  I would also like to be able to take an announcement received in one course and forward to others.  For example, some of our schools have created faculty and staff courses for their teachers.  Teachers would like to be able to forward certain announcements received in that course to students in their own courses. 

Thanks!

Instructure
Instructure

Thanks everyone for your feedback. It sounds like the problem we're trying to solve is managing the same content across courses. I know that this problem is on our radar and we're actively looking at solutions. I will find out if the solutions we're considering include "master" announcements that can be published simultaneously in multiple courses.

Community Member

This would be very useful.

Community Member

I work at a community college, and I could see this being useful if an emergency arose and an instructor was going to have to cancel classes for the day because a sub could not be found. It would allow the instructor to send just one message instead of needing to message each course. What would be nice is if it could be designed similar to how the current selection box in Conversations is designed for selecting multiple student recipients or all.

Community Member

This would be a great feature for facilitating sharing office hours changes, scholarship info, events, etc with all classes quickly.

Community Member

I too have this same problem.  I teach three classes as semester but as an visual and digital media arts teacher my students are familiar with the fact I like to update them on my twitter finds, events in the world, innovations, post-secondary or extracurricular opportunities, etc. that I find online.  I like to share that with all of my students whether I am teaching them or not.  Additionally, when school-wide events are happening,  I like to remind them.  It is definitely cumbersome to copy and paste the same announcement six times. 

Community Member

This may sound convoluted, but it works.  Add an "Notify All Classes" RSS feed to the Announcements section of each course with the "Add External Feed" option.

Create a Group "Notify All Classes" in one of your courses and add no one to it.  "Visit Group Homepage" and add "+Announcement".  You can copy the RSS feed URL that is created for the Announcements for this group.  Paste that URL in the appropriate windows as you create an external feed for Announcements for each of your courses.  *The one drawback I see currently is that I am not sure how often Canvas polls "external" RSS feeds.  So, although you post a new announcement under "Notify All Classes," it might not get disseminated to the other courses' Announcements immediately.  **Looks like it took about 30 minutes before the external RSS feed was polled.

You could use any RSS feed URL, from either within or without Canvas.  A WordPress feed, or some other app that creates RSS entries.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Nice work around bgibson@uncfsu.edu​!