Which system am I using?
You may be using the Old LoudCloud if you see a purple/blue menu bar or if your url starts with
You may be using the New LoudCloud (also referred to as the LMS) if your menu dropdown is on the left side or if your url starts with lms-trad.gcu.edu, lms-ugrad.gcu.edu, or lms-grad.gcu.edu.
One of the first steps you will complete when setting up your class is posting a welcome announcement. This lets your students know where to find relevant course materials and reinforces class expectations. It’s also a good idea to post weekly announcements explaining objectives and expectations.
To add an announcement, click New Announcement in the right corner.
A New Announcement dialog-box will appear.
Enter title and then provide the content of the announcement in the Description box. Next, select a Start Date for the announcement. The start date determines when the announcement is made visible for students. Postdated announcements are immediately visible on the All tab, but not on the Current tab until the corresponding date. You can also choose to attach any extra documents to the announcement by selecting Browse.
It’s important that you fully proofread the announcement prior to saving. When you are ready to submit the announcement, click Save.
After clicking Save, the announcement is final and cannot be edited or deleted. If you want to delete an announcement, you must place the request with Technical Support. There are only two conditions in which a post may be deleted. See Deleting Announcements below for more details.
Currently, announcements may only be deleted in LoudCloud under two conditions:
- The announcement contains information that violates FERPA for any student or instructor in the course
- The announcement contains inappropriate content (such as foul language, medical information, etc.)
For simple spelling and grammar errors, you can create another announcement with the corrections applied. In the event that you encounter a post that should be deleted, send us a request by submitting a ticket by clicking on the Let us help flag in the lower-right hand side of this page. Please provide details in order to expedite the deletion.
New LoudCloud (LMS)
Posting a welcome announcement is a great way to introduce students to relevant course materials and reinforce class expectations. Many faculty members will also post weekly announcements explaining learning objectives and provide helpful resources.
To access and manage announcements, click on the Announcements icon in the upper right-hand corner.
Creating, Editing, and Deleting Announcements
To create a new announcement, click Create New.
You will be taken to the Create New Announcement page. Enter a Title and provide the content of the announcement in the Description box. If you would like to attach any files to the announcement, you may do so by selecting Browse. Next, enter a Start and End date and time for the announcement. If you would like for students to be able to reply to the announcement, check Users may reply to this announcement (e.g. if you would like all students in class to acknowledge reading the expectations in the announcement).
If the announcement is ready to be published, select Publish. A dialog box will appear to confirm you would like to publish the announcement; select OK to publish the announcement.
You will receive a confirmation that the announcement was created successfully. To create another announcement, select Yes; to return to the Manage Announcements page, select No.
If you are not ready to publish the Announcement, you may select Save as a draft. If an announcement has been saved, but not published, it may be Edited, Published, or Deleted from the Manage Announcements page.
Once an announcement has been published, it may be Revised (correct a typo or add an attachment), Deactivated, or the message thread may be closed from the Manage Announcements page.