How do I send course mail using Messages?

The Messages tool is an internal course mail system for messaging between individuals and groups in a site.

Go to Messages.

Select the Messages tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Click Compose Message.

Click Compose Message.

Click Compose Message to compose new course message.

Select recipients.

Select recipients.

Place your cursor in the 'To" field to see a drop down list of all the enrolled users in your course site. Scroll down the list and select an individual recipient. The recipient's name will appear in the "To" field. To select multiple recipients, place your cursor in the "To" field and select another recipient.

Site roles will display at the top of the "To" the drop down list for convenient group messaging. For example, to send a message to all students in the site select Student Role. Select All Participants to send a message to all site participants.

Add Bcc.

Add Bcc.

If you would like to blind carbon copy additional recipients, click on the Add Bcc link to expand the Bcc recipient list, and then select the recipient(s). Bcc recipients will receive the message but will not see the names of the other Bcc recipients, nor will other recipients see their name.

Tip: Bcc is a good option to use if you need to send the same message to several students (for example, a message to all students that scored below 70 on an exam), but you don't want the students to know which other students also received the message.

Send Cc.

Send Cc.

You also have the option to copy the recipient's external email address. This will send a copy of the message to the email address that is associated with the user's account in the system - typically the institution email address.

Check the box for Send a copy of this message to recipients' email address(es) to copy the recipient's external address.

Tip: If the recipient replies to the Cc, the reply will not be delivered to the Messages tool. The reply will be delivered to the instructor's email address in the system; therefore taking the conversation outside of the Messages tool.

Apply a label.

Apply a label.

You may apply a label from the drop-down menu to indicate the priority of your message.  The default label is Normal.  You may change it to Low or High if desired.

Enter a subject.

Enter a subject.

Enter a subject line for your message.  In this example, we have entered "Welcome to class" as the message subject.

Compose a message.

Compose a message.

Compose the body of your message into the rich text editor in the Message area.

Add attachments. (Optional)

Add attachments. (Optional)

If you would like to attach a file to your message, you may click the Add attachments button to browse for and select a file.

Send message.

Send message.

When you are finished composing your message, click Send to send it to your recipient/s.

Tip: You can also select Preview to preview a finished version of your message, Save Draft to save the message as a draft that you can revisit later, or Cancel to cancel and delete the message.