How to communicate with students in Blackboard – Part 3: Email

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External Communication Tool

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. We will look at Email in this post

 Email:

  • This feature is in Blackboard resides outside of the course once the email is sent. Students will receive the email in their SUNYJCC student email accounts and faculty will receive emails in their college Outlook account or the email registered in Banner.
  • If the email is sent through the Retention Center a copy of the mail will be saved within the course.
  • If you are not sending email through the Retention Center it is recommended that you create a folder in your Outlook account to collect any correspondence.
  • Remember that emails sent prior to add/drop will not be sent to students that are added later in your course.  Please remember to go back and check any emails you sent before add/drop has ended to see if they need to be sent again.  This is a practice you should use every semester.
  • Video on how to send course messages:                                                      http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_student_sending_email.htm
  • Another resource is the Blackboard Essentials Training (September 19, 2013 version) on Lynda (http://banner.sunyjcc.edu/lynda.com). Look under Section Communicating with Your Students.

How to communicate with students in Blackboard – Part 2: Course Messages

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An Internal Private Communication Tool!

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. We will look at Course Messages in this post

 Course Messages:

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.