An announcement is a multimedia message (text, image or video) that an Administrator broadcasts to a defined set of users.
Administrator can broadcast announcements to learners informing them about the occurrence of an event or an activity. Announcement can be a combination of text, images, or videos. You can link learning objects like courses, learning programs and certifications to an announcement.
There are three types of announcements:
In the Message field, add the message for the announcement. You can also add a URL for announcements here. However, you must add the URL in the HTML form.
For example, <a href="http://www.w3schools.com" target="_blank">Visit W3Schools</a>.
When you specify the target as blank, then when a user clicks the announcement URL, the link opens in a new tab. If you do not specify the target, the link opens in the same browser.
If the multimedia attachment is of large size, it may take time to upload. After you click Save, you would receive a pop-up with a message as your upload is being processed. You will receive a notification after the attachment is uploaded successfully.
When you choose this option, any media file that you choose features as a masthead on the Learner homepage. The masthead acts as a call to action for the learners it is intended for.
When you choose this option, any training that you choose gets recommended to specified user groups. The recommendations are driven by a Machine learning algorithm.
When you click Save, you can either publish the announcement right away or publish it later. The announcement, till then, will be in a draft state.
- Mastheads/Recommendations do not trigger any notifications.
- Mastheads/Recommendations do not appear in announcements report.
In Administrator login, you can view all the announcements in three tabs such as Drafts, Scheduled and Sent.
In Drafts tab, you can view all the announcements that are created by an Administrator but not yet broadcast or not yet scheduled for broadcast.
By default, all the announcements are set for immediate broadcast. If you choose settings>send option for an un-scheduled announcement, then it is broadcast immediately. To schedule an announcement broadcast , you have to choose the start and end date in Advanced settings.
In Scheduled tab, you can view all the announcements that are scheduled for broadcast at a later date.