Approving a User-Submitted Moodycaster Announcement in Ektron

  1. After navigating to Portal > Moodycaster > [audience] > Announcements folder, select the newly submitted announcement from the list of announcements. The announcement content will load in the right pane of the Workarea. Click the Edit button on the toolbar at the top of the pane.
  2. Review the fields, editing the content for readability, accuracy and conformity to Moody's website style guidelines (see other pages on this wiki for style guidelines). Complete any necessary fields or selections on the following tabs.

Content Tab

Posting Settings

These fields are not used for the actual announcement posting, but are used when a user submits an announcement via the announcement submission web form. Below are descriptions of what these values are for. TRANSFER THESE VALUES TO THE FIELDS AND SELECTIONS DESCRIBED BELOW.
  • Up Date: the date the announcement will begin visibility on Moodycaster. This value should be entered into the Start Date field on the Schedule tab.
  • Down Date: the date the announcement will end visibility on Moodycaster. This value should be entered into the End Date field on the Schedule tab.
  • File Under: the taxonomy Category to which the announcement will be assigned. This value should be selected on the Category tab under the Category section.

Announcement Details

  • Item Begins: use this field for items with a date such as due dates, single-day events, or the start date of a multi-day event. Leave blank for undated general announcements.
  • Item Ends: use this field for the end date of a multi-day event only.
  • Announcement Headline: the headline text of the announcement. REQUIRED.
  • Announcement Text: the body content of the announcement. May contain formatted text and images, however, for best viewing results, the body content should begin with several lines of text. REQUIRED.
  • Announcement Icon: an icon may be assigned to the announcement that will appear to the left of the announcement. These icons when used consistently and on a recurring basis can help students quickly differentiate and identify announcements that may apply to or interest them.

Schedule Tab

The Schedule tab controls when the announcement will start and end being visible on Moodycaster. NOTE: This is completely unrelated to the actual date of occurrence of the event, deadline, etc. mentioned in the announcement.
  • Start Date: the date the announcement will begin visibility on Moodycaster. REQUIRED.
  • End Date: the date the announcement will end visibility on Moodycaster. REQUIRED.
  • Action on End Date: leave this set to "Archive and remove from site (expire)." After an item's end date, the item will be placed into Ektron's Archive where it may be recycled for later use, or deleted permanently. NOTE: deletion is not automatic and must be done by a user with delete permission, usually as part of a recommended yearly content audit.

Category Tab (Taxonomy)

There are four different taxonomies that control how announcements appear on the Moodycaster pages.
  1. Audience: controls which Moodycaster pages the announcement will appear on. At least one selection is REQUIRED.
  2. Grouping: controls which Grouping (see Moodycaster Overview) the announcement will appear under. This should be a single selection and a selection is optional, and if no selection is made the announcement will appear in the General Announcements grouping.
  3. Category: controls the Category tag that appears after the announcement headline. This should be a single selection and a selection is optional, but should be used to help students quickly differentiate and identify announcements that may apply to or interest them.
  4. Filter: filters are a secondary way to segment and view announcements. These are currently configured to include various sub-audiences and umbrella-categories. This may be multiple selections and a selection is optional.