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Home Page News and Updates


Your instructor is able to send messages to all students by utilizing the Home Page News widget. The News widget enables your instructor and administrators to communicate updates, changes and new information to you quickly and effectively. News postings appear in the News widget on course homepages.


News widget on the course homepage


Since this is the first page that you often see when you log in or access your courses, messages placed on the home page are hard to miss!


Example of News widget content


  • When you first log in, you may see a welcome message explaining how to begin your course.
  • If there is an upcoming due date for an assignment or assessment, your instructor may send out a course-wide announcement to students as a reminder.

Updates and Events

CougarVIEW, through its automated Updates and Events widgets, is able to provide a quick glimpse of status of the various communication and assessment course tools.

Updates and Events widgets on the course homepage


The Updates and Events widgets can display:

  • Unread discussions.
  • New e-mails.
  • Ungraded or unread quizzes.
  • Upcoming and New dropbox submissions and submissions with unread feedback.


Closeup image of the Updates and Events widgets with sample notices