MyMathLab Announcement Manager – Getting Started

February 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm 2 comments

In my opinion, one of the most powerful additions to MyMathLab is the MML Announcement Manager. This is a way to post announcements on your main MyMathLab page that can also be emailed to your students. I’m going to begin by going through the steps to activate the Announcement Manager (as opposed to using the CourseCompass announcements), and in Part 2 of this post  I will share some of the ways I use the Announcement Manager.

Getting Started

To access the MML Announcement Manager, log into your course and access your Control Panel. In the box on the right labeled MyMathLab, click on the MML Announcement Manager link.

At the top of the page is a link to show you how to make the MML Announcements page your course entry page.

Here are the steps.

Setting up the MyLab Announcements page

To make the MyLab Announcements page accessible to your students, you need to:

1. Rename and hide the default CourseCompass Announcements menu item, if you plan to name the new page Announcements.

  • Go to the Control Panel for your course.
  • In the Course Options section, click Manage Course Menu.
  • Locate Announcements in the course menu list and click Modify.
    • If you click Remove to delete the CourseCompass Announcements button, you cannot restore the button once it has been removed.
    • Rename the CourseCompass Announcements button by adding “CC” in front of Announcements.
    • Hide the CourseCompass Announcements button by unchecking all of the checkboxes under Set Area Properties.
    • Click Submit.

2. Add a new button in the CourseCompass menu that links to the MyLab Announcements page.

For courses using MyMathLab textbooks with a copyright date of 2008 or later, this button is created automatically.

To make the link to your MyLab Announcements page visible in your course menu:

  • Go to the Control Panel for your course.
  • In the Course Options section, click Manage Course Menu.
  • Locate the entry MML Home, the first item in the list. This entry is for the button that links to the MyMathLab Announcements page for your students.
  • For MML Home, click Modify and check the box Available for Student/Participant users.
  • Click Submit.

When you return to the student view of your course, you will see this button in the left navigation bar.

3. Make the MyLab Announcements page the new entry point for your course.

To make the MyLab Announcements page the entry point for your course:

  • From the My CourseCompass page, click the Details link for your course.
  • Click Course Settings on the right.
  • Click the Set Course Entry Point link.
  • From the Entry Point dropdown list, choose the name of your new MyLab Announcements page.
  • Click Submit and then OK.
  • Click on Courses in the breadcrumb link to return to the My CourseCompass page.

4. Create an announcement for your course. See Adding and editing announcements for details.

5. Clear your cache to see your new MyLab Announcements page.

I hope this helps to get you started. In Part 2 of this article, I will share my strategies for using the MML Announcement Manager.

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Monday I post an article related to MyMathLab on my blog. If there’s a particular study skill you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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