Announcements, E-mail and Course Messages

Announcements, E-mail and Course Messages








Announcements, E-mail and Course Messages
Announcements E-mail and Course Messages are Blackboard tools that instructors and
students may use to communicate with each other from within their course. Access all
three via the Course Tools menu or by clicking Tools followed by the appropriate icon.

Announcements
Announcements allow the instructor to post a message for the class. The Announcements
page is typically the course entry page.

How to Create an Announcement
1. Click Create Announcements

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2. Fill in the subject of the announcement and the message

3. Determine whether or not the announcement will be date restricted and if so between
which dates and times it will be available. You can also choose to have a copy of the
announcement sent to all users via e-mail.

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4. Course Link will provide a link to a specific area of the course, such as a specific
assignment or document you want to draw the students’ attention to

5. Click Submit.
6. Announcements is also available via the Course Tools menu

Student View of Announcements
Students may view announcements on the Blackboard Home Page (module page), course
entry page if set to Announcements or Updates page which is accessible under the Global
Navigation Link.

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E-mail
Blackboard’s e-mail feature allows you to email one or more students from within the
course.

Access E-mail in One of Three Ways
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From the Tools menu
From the Course Tools menu
From the Grade Center

E-mail from Tools
1. Click Tools

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2. Click the Send Mail icon

3. Continue as below “E-mail From Course Tools”

E-mail From Course Tools
1. Click Course Tools
2. Click Send E-mail

3. Determine which user(s) will receive the e-mail

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4. If you are sending the e-mail to single or selected users you will be presented with a list
of those users that are available to select. Click the name of the user, the arrow to move
the user to “Selected” and click Submit.

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5. Complete the remainder of the screen
a. Type the subject and body of the e-mail message. Notice the toolbar available for
the body of the e-mail message.
b. You may attach documents to the e-mail using the Attach a File link.
c. Click Submit

E-mail From the Grade Center
1. In the Full Grade Center check the name of the student(s) you wish to send e-mail to.
Click the e-mail menu and make an appropriate selection.

2. Complete the remainder of the screen
a. Type the subject and body of the e-mail message. Notice the toolbar available for
the body of the e-mail.
b. You may attach documents to the e-mail using the Attach a File link.
c. Check whether or not you want it to include a list of recipients
d. A copy of the e-mail will be sent to the sender

3. Click Submit

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Student Use of Blackboard E-mail
Students can contact the instructor via the link in Contacts and with other students
privately via Course Messages.

How to Post Instructor Contact Information
1. Click Course Tools, Contacts or Tools then the Contacts icon

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2. Create Folder allows you to group contacts other than yourself as instructor (such as
teaching assistants or guest lecturers) in a folder together

3. Click Create Contact

4. Complete your personal profile information including title, name, e-mail, work phone,
office location and office hours. Attach a photo and link to your personal page if
desired.

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How to Use Course Messages
1. Click Tools, Course Message
2. Click Create Message

3. Select Recipients from the list and click the arrow to move them to “Recipients”

4. Compose the message
5. Click Submit

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Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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