How do I use Announcements Redesign as an instructor?

If enabled by your institution, you can use Announcements Redesign to provide an enhanced experience for course announcements. When enabled in your course, Announcements Redesign displays for all announcements and all users in your course.

Announcements Redesign is currently a beta feature. Some discussion settings and features in the classic Announcements interface may not function or be available in Announcements Redesign.

Note: If Announcements Redesign is not available in your course, it has not been enabled by your institution.

Enable Feature Preview

In order to use Announcements Redesign in your course, you first need to enable the feature preview from Course Settings. If the feature preview is not available, it has not been enabled by your institution.

Open Feature Options

Open Feature Options

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link [1]. Then click the Feature Previews tab [2].

Enable Discussions/Announcements Redesign

Enable Discussions/Announcements Redesign

Locate the Discussions/Announcements Redesign feature preview [1] and click the State icon so it displays as enabled [2].

Learn more about managing feature previews in your course.

Note: If the feature preview is not available, it has not been enabled by your institution. Contact your Canvas administrator for assistance.

Open Announcement

To view a discussion in the Announcements Redesign interface, click the Announcements link in Course Navigation [1]. Then click the name of the announcement [2].

To create a new announcement, click the Add Announcement button [3].

View Announcement

An announcement displayed in the Announcements Redesign interface includes three sections: the announcement toolbar [1], announcement topic [2], and announcement replies [3]. 

View Announcement Toolbar

The announcements toolbar remains at the top of the screen when you are viewing announcement replies.

To search for replies or specific authors, enter your terms in the search field [1].

To filter replies, click the Filter drop-down menu [2].

You can filter by all replies or unread replies. To sort replies by newest or oldest, click the Sort button [3].

To return to the top of an announcement, click the Top button [4].

View Announcement Topic

View Announcement Topic

The discussion topic section includes important information about the announcement, including the announcement title [1] and description [2].

You can also view the name of the author [3], the date and time the announcement was published [4] or edited [5], and number of replies [6].

View Announcement Options

View Announcement Options

The announcement topic section also includes several tools that allow you to manage your announcement.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from the announcement, click the Subscribe icon [1].

To open the announcement's Options menu, click the Options icon [2]. To mark all replies as read, click the Mark All as Read link [3].

To edit announcement details, click the Edit link [4]. To delete the announcement, click the Delete link [5].

To send the announcement to another instructor, click the Sent To... link [6]. To copy the announcement to another course, click the Copy To... link [7].

View Announcement Replies

Announcement replies display below the announcement topic [1].

To view threaded replies, click the # of replies link [2].

Learn how to reply to an announcement and view and sort announcement replies.

View Rich Content Editor

View Rich Content Editor

When creating or editing announcement topics or replies, you enter and edit your content using the Rich Content Editor. The Rich Content Editor allows you to format text, link text to course or external content, insert media, attach files, and @mention course users. Learn more about using the Rich Content Editor.