I came across an odd problem in the new version of Blackboard. If you try to create an announcement in a course that’s unavailable the announcement will not be viewable to anyone, even the instructor who created it. If you then make the course available, you can see the announcement. You can edit the announcement but you can’t delete it. You recieve a database error. This is a documented problem.
I found a creative workaround from Seneca College (https://inside.senecac.on.ca/myseneca/upgrade.html item #5) until Blackboard fixes the problem, reorder the annoucement to be deleted and then you can delete it using the item options menu.
This problem will be fixed when we apply Service Pack 1 and Hot Fix 1 to our system. This will happen during our next outage near the end of August.