Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday - How to Use The Email Function in Blackboard

After a very successful Blackboard Boot Camp on campus last week I was able to get a better feel for what faculty and staff are amazing at and still have trouble with.  Sometimes as Instructional Designers we think you know all the features that are offered within Blackboard but sometimes forget to point out some of the basic "make your life so much easier" ones.

This weeks Tech Tip Tuesday is dedicated to the simple task of emailing your students from within your Blackboard course.

When your courses are populated in Blackboard the students information, including email, are automatically added into your course.  There is no need to set up address books or groups within your own email.

There are two main ways to get to the email feature within Blackboard.  Both ways take you to the same landing page.

Option 1: (click image for a larger view)

Option 2: (click image for a larger view)

Either option will get you to the same landing page, which should look something like this.

As you can see from here you have many options to email:
  • All Users
  • All Groups
  • All Student Users
  • All Teaching Assistant Users
  • All Instructor Users
  • All Observer Users
  • Single/Select Users
  • Single/Select Groups
  • Single/Select Observer Users

Once you select the appropriate option for your situation you will see a familiar Blackboard screen with all the usual formatting options.  From here compose your email as you would any other email and send.  All of your recipients will receive your message in their Stevenson email account.  From here, any reply to that email will be sent through email, not Blackboard.

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