How to communicate with students in Blackboard – Part 1: Course Announcements

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Bb Announcements!

There are three ways to communicate with your students in Blackboard announcements, course messages, and email. Please keep in mind there are many areas of Blackboard that use the email feature; announcements, retention center, grade center, and the send email tool. In this issue of Chalk It Up!, we will look at Course Announcements.

Course Announcements:
• This feature allows content to be saved in the course but also sent as an email to students. This feature could be used to replace the forward option available in ANGEL course mail.
• Another advantage of using course announcements, new students can view important information that was posted before the end of Add/Drop.
• Video on how to post an announcement: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_tools_creating_announcements.htm
• Another resource is the Blackboard Essentials Training (Sep 19, 2013 version) on Lynda (http://banner.sunyjcc.edu/lynda.com). Look under Section 11. Communicating with Your Students.

Connie Pilato

Connie Pilato

Connie Pilato is the Academic Technology Support Specialist for Jamestown Community College, and has more than 20 years providing technology support in various roles at the college. While her primary assignment is to support the faculty of the Cattaraugus County Campus, she is available to assist both full-time and adjunct faculty regardless of their campus location.

Among her significant previous positions, Connie served as Network Design Engineer/Central Office Equipment, and Network Design Engineer/Special Circuits at ALLTEL, a telecommunications company.

Connie holds a M.S. in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology from University of Albany – SUNY, and a B.S. in Business (Magna Cum Laude) from SUNY Fredonia.

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