Monday, February 25, 2008

Tip #6: Broadcasting announcements

Tip: You can broadcast course announcements via email to your students.

Here’s how to do it:
Navigate to the Control Panel of the course in which you want to make an announcement. Click Announcements and click the Add Announcement button. Type your announcement subject and message. Select the display dates for the announcement, if any, and select whether or not the announcement will be permanent. NOTE: Non-permanent announcements disappear from the main announcements page after 7 days and they are listed after permanent announcements in the course view.

Check the box next to Email this announcement to all course users. Click Submit. A copy of the announcement will be sent to the email addresses listed by users in Blackboard. By default, the email addresses for Blackboard users are their Portal email accounts. However, if a user chooses to change his or her listed email address in Blackboard to an alternate account (e.g. yahoo, hotmail, gmail), the announcement email will be sent to the user’s alternate account.

NOTE: Some email accounts may categorize Blackboard emails as SPAM. We recommend that you confirm with students that they are receiving your emails that are sent through Blackboard.

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