Send Email from Blackboard
Users can send email to the following people in a Course:
- All Users - Sends email to all users in the Course.
- All Student Users - Sends an email to all Students in the Course.
- All Groups - Sends email to all of the groups in a specified Course.
- All Teaching Assistant Users - Sends email to all of the Teaching Assistants in a specified Course.
- All Instructor Users - Sends email to all of the Instructors for a specified Course.
- Select Users - Sends email to a single user or select users in a specified Course.
- Select Groups - Send email to a single group or select groups in a Course.
Follow these steps to send an email:
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- Open a Course.
- Click Tools on the Course Menu.
- Click Send Email.
Suggestions for Composing Email
- Keep it simple. Readers sort through email quickly, so keep your messages simple. Try not to include more than one major subject per email. If you have several topics to discuss, break them into several messages. Otherwise, the last part of your message may get lost between the scrollbars.
- Write descriptive subject lines. Some people receive so much email that they begin to delete some messages without viewing them. To avoid this fate, make sure your subject lines are descriptive. Messages with titles like "Hello" or "Need Information" will get lost. If you can't think of a good subject line, a trick for drawing people in is to start your message in the title: "I was thinking about you today, and ..." Then continue your sentence in the body of the message.
- Give the reader some context to avoid misunderstandings. Email is infamous for causing misunderstandings. The receiver may not understand that the sender is joking, serious, or just tired. Advice can sound preachy and minor frustrations like major anger. This is because the context of body language, tone, and setting are lost online. Add them back in to avoid problems. Briefly describe your mood at the start of a message. State directly what result you hope to get from the communication.
- Use writing tricks like "emoticons," acronyms, and extra punctuation, but use them judiciously. Online communication has spawned a whole school of trick you can use to look extra clever ;-) (an "emoticon") and get your message across to listeners. IMHO (in my humble opinion), these are worth learning because they enhance communication. *However* don't OVERDO it!!! You'll end up looking like a big clown <%-) LOLAMOS (Laughing out loud at my own stupidity) and NOBODY $#&&@!!! will take you seriously :-(.
- Don't use all caps. There are better ways to emphasize. ONLINE, THIS IS SHOUTING. DON'T SEND MESSAGES THIS WAY UNLESS YOU ARE ANGRY. Instead, if you want to emphasize, *try something like this*. You can make the Big Point in more (pssst... over here) subtle ways.