Announcements (formerly news forum)
Announcements are available in each Moodle course. It just works in one direction, i.e. only instructors are able to post announcements whereas students can only read them.
If a new one is posted, students will get a notification via mail. These notifications are not unsubscribable by the students.
Furthermore, the latest announcements are viewable in the section Latest Announcements
How to post an announcement
Click on Add a new topic
in the section Latest Announcements
Click on Announcements/Ankündigungen
and then Add a new topic
You will be forwarded to an editor in order to write and post your announcement.
Additionally, it is possible to attach files to your announcement.
Pinned news will appear at the top of the forum.
In order to have a communication channel for students to discuss, it is possible to set up additional forums.
You can find an instruction here