Use the News tool to read instructor messages, course information, and other news updates.
News items appear in the News widget, but through your notification settings, you can also receive instant notifications about postings through email, SMS, and RSS feeds.
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 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.
updated, May 29, 2014, JAL