Cobra Learning - Creating and Managing News

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About News

Use the News tool to read instructor messages, course information, and other news updates.

News items appear in the News widget, but you can also receive instant notifications about postings through email, SMS, and RSS feeds. See Cobra Learning - Setting your notifications to learn about creating instant notifications for news items.

The News tool enables you to create news items that help communicate course updates, changes, and new information to your users quickly and effectively. Since My Home or Course Home is the first page that users often see when they log in or access their courses, the News widget is a good area for displaying important information.

Access the News tool

Do one of the following:

  • Click News on the navbar.
  • Click News in the header of the News widget.
  • Click Edit Course on the navbar, then click  News.

Creating a news item

Create a news item

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click  New News Item from the News widget menu.
    • On the News page, click New Item.
  2. Enter the news headline in the Headline field.
  3. Enter the news content in the Content field.
  4. If you want to hide your headline's date and time, clear Always show start date. By default, a news item's start date and time appears below its headline when displayed in the News widget.
  5. Select the posting availability date in the Start Date and End Date drop-down lists or by clicking their  Select Date icons. News items publish immediately unless you specify an alternate start date from the Start Date drop-down list.
  6. You can remove a news item on a specific date by selecting the check box Remove news item based on end date. You and administrators can still see the news item after its end date, but it will not appear in the News widget.
  7. You can include attachments, audio recordings, and video recording as part of your news item:
    • To add an attachment, click Add a File in the Attachments section.
    • To record audio, click Record Audio in the Attachments section. Click Flash Settings to make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. Click Play to listen to your recording. Click Clear to erase your recording.
  8. Click Attach Existing or Create and Attach to include additional release conditions. See Cobra Learning - Release Conditions to learn about creating and setting up release conditions.
  9. Click Save as Draft to continue editing the news item (students cannot see draft news items), or click Publish to release news item to users.

Creating a news item for a future date

If you set a news item's start date for the future, the posting is not visible to users until that date.

Example  If you want a news item to appear on Monday morning, specify a start date of Monday at 9:00am.

Note  Post-dated news items do not display in the News widget even if users have permission to see future news items. They can be found within the list of news items on the News page.

Managing news items

  1. Edit a news item
  2. Reorder news items
  3. Dismiss a news item
  4. Restore a dismissed news item
  5. Delete a news item

Edit a news item

  1. On the News page, click on the news item you want to edit.
  2. Edit your news posting.
  3. You can select the Major edit - send a notification and restore it for those who dismissed it check box to inform users of major changes and updates to postings they might have dismissed, ensuring those headlines reappear with current information.

    Note   You can also make the edited news posting reappear at the top of the News widget by changing its Start Date to the current date and time.

  4. Click Update.

Reorder news items

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the News page, click  Reorder from the More Actions button.
    • Click  Reorder News Items from the News widget menu.
  2. Use the drop-down lists in the Sort Order column to select an item's order. Other items automatically reposition themselves according to the new order.
  3. Click Save.

Dismiss a news item

Do one of the following:

  • Click the  Dismiss icon for the news item you want to hide in the News widget.
  • On the News page, click  Dismiss from the context menu of item you want to dismiss.

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Restore a dismissed news item

On the News page, click  Restore from the context menu of the news item you want to restore.

Note  You can click  Go to News tool from the News widget menu to view all news items on the News page.

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Delete a news item

Do one of the following:

  • Click  Delete from the context menu of the news item you want to delete.
  • Delete multiple postings by selecting the check boxes beside the news item you want to delete, and clicking  Delete at the top of the list.

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Subscribing to News' RSS feed

You can subscribe to a News RSS feed and receive daily updates of all news items in an RSS reader. This allows you to access an aggregate of news items without logging into the Learning Environment.

Subscribe to a News RSS feed

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the News page, click  RSS from the More Actions button.
    • Click  RSS from the News widget menu.
  2. Click Subscribe to this feed.
  3. Click Subscribe.

Note The RSS subscription may function differently on different browsers. We have found Mozilla Firefox to be the most consistent in subscribing to RSS feeds.

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Keywords:Cobra course news homepage   Doc ID:47513
Owner:Lori W.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-02-23 17:09 CDTUpdated:2015-02-27 12:45 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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