How do I view and sort announcement replies as an instructor?

You can view all replies in an announcement by scrolling or searching content. Announcement replies are hierarchal, collapsable, and expandable.

Open Announcements

Open Announcements

In Course Navigation, click the Announcements link.

Open Announcement

Open Announcement

Click the name of an announcement.

View Announcement

View Announcement

In an announcement, you have several options to view and sort announcements. Use the search field [1] to search for replies or specific authors. To filter by unread replies, click the Unread button [2]. You can also collapse and expand [3] all announcement replies.

To edit the announcement, click the Edit button [4].

To open settings for the announcement, click the Settings icon [5]. Settings allows you to mark all existing posts (replies) as read, delete the announcement, and close the announcement for comments.

You can view how many unread and replies are in a thread [6]. The number with a blue background indicates unread replies, while the number with a gray background indicates the total number of replies.

View Replies

View Replies

Announcement replies are shown in order of post date. A blue dot [1] indicates the reply is new and unread. A white dot [2] indicates a reply is read. When you navigate away from the Announcement or refresh the page, the blue dots will change to white dots indicating the replies are read.

Manage Replies

Manage Replies

Similar to focused replies in discussions, users may reply to each other's replies and grouped together [1]. In addition to post date, replies are shown in hierarchal order. If a new reply is added to the initial announcement topic, the reply is shown as a new content group [2].  

Expand and Collapse Replies

When viewing announcement replies, collapse and expand individual announcement replies by hovering over the top of the white box containing the entire reply [1]. When an announcement reply is collapsed, you can view the reply indicators showing the number of unread and total replies [2].

View Liked Discussions

View Liked Discussions

If you allow students to like replies in an announcement, a Like icon appears next to each reply in the announcement. Blue icons indicate replies that you've liked. The number of total likes also appears next to the icon.

If you set up the announcement to sort automatically according to the number of likes, original replies will always sort first, and any associated replies will be reordered beginning with the highest-liked reply.

View Reply Settings

View Reply Settings

Each announcement reply has its own settings menu.

In original announcement replies, you can return to the main announcement topic by clicking the Go to Topic link [1].

If you are viewing a reply within a reply, return to the original reply by clicking the Go to Parent link [2].

To edit or delete the reply, click the Edit or Delete links [3].

Reply to Announcement

Reply to Announcement

To reply to an announcement, reply to the announcement by clicking the Reply field [1]. You can reply to any other reply in the announcement by clicking the Reply link [2].