There are two types of announcements in Blackboard. The first is Course or Organization Announcements and the second one is System Announcements. Please see the description below for each, along with screen shots of what they look like and where to find them.

Course or Organization Announcements

The Course or Organization Announcements can be viewed on the My Blackboard page in the My Announcements Module. Anytime a new announcement has been made for any course that you are enrolled in, you will be able to view those announcements in this location. Please see the screen shot below for more details.

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Course Announcement example on the My Blackboard page in the My Announcements Module.

System Announcements

System Announcements are used to notify all users of the Blackboard system with important updates and/or information regarding known or planned outages that will take place.  When we receive notification that Blackboard will be taking down the site at a designated time for maintenance, we will post that information as soon as possible. 

The System Announcements can be seen in two different locations. The first place would be at the bottom of the Screen when you click on Logout (Image 1) . The second place you can view the System Announcements is in the My Announcements Module (Image 2) on the My Blackboard page. Please see the two screen shots below for examples of where to locate both types of announcements.

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Image 1. System Announcement section on logout page.

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Image 2. System Announcement located in My Announcements Module.