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Does Blackboard send announcements out without the course being available to students?
Announcements are not visible to students as long as the course is not open to them (a course, even when not open, is visible in student course list).
However, if you selected the check-box next to "Email Announcement" the announcement is sent to their UIC email address irrespective of the availability of the course.
Students will receive a number of notifications from the Activity Stream, which include adding new content to the course or announcements.