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Course News and Announcements is the area where instructors can post announcements related to the course to be sent to all students.


The Announcements forum is a special forum for general news and announcements. A course may only have one Announcements forum unless it has been imported from another system which supports more than one Announcements forum.

This forum is automatically created in a new course. By default, it is placed in the top of the central section and only teachers and only users with appropriate permissions (by default teachers) can post in it. The forum has forced subscription set by default.

How To

How do you communicate to all of your students in your LATTE course at once? Use the Course News & Announcements Forum! 

The Course News & Announcements forum is a special forum that acts as an announcements tool for your course. Only instructors and TAs can post to Course News & Announcements forum, and by default, posts made to Course News and Announcements are emailed to class members. Students cannot leave replies to the posts; it is a one-way tool.

Note: You can easily change the name of the Course News & Announcements forum name: Turn editing on ("Turn Editing On" button located near the top, right of the course page) and click the Edit title icon () for the forum. Type in a new name, then press Enter/Return.

  1. From your LATTE dashboard, navigate to the course shell you'd like to make an announcement post in. 
    Course News and Announcements Activity
  2. Click on the "Course News & Announcements Forum" 
  3. Click on "Add a New Topic"
    Add A New Topic
  4. Enter the "Subject" and "Message".

  5. Click the "Advanced" button to expand some additional settings.
  6. You have the option to add attachments if you'd like. 

  • Checking the "pinned" checkbox will pin the post to the top of the forum, regardless of future posts made. 
  • There is a site-wide editing-time delay or 30 minutes. This allows a post to be editing before an email notification is sent to students. If you'd like to have the email notification sent immediately upon posting to form, check the checkbox for "Send forum post notifications with no editing-time delay"

       7.  Select the start and end date that your message will be visible. Before you set the date and time, check the "Enable" checkbox next to the              date you'd like to set.

           Note: If your message has no timing restrictions, you do not need to set a start and end date. 

      8.  Once configuration is complete, click "Post to forum".