Communicating with Students

Creating Announcements
Announcements post timely information critical to course success. This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material.

Posting Your Contact Information
Contacts is a good location to provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in the course.

Sending Email
Emails can be sent to individual users or to groups of users. A copy of this email is sent to the sender by default.

Disabling Student-To-Student Emails
Learn how to disable the option that permits students to send “mass” emails to their classmates.

Sending Notifications (Movie | 3:42)
Learn how to notify students about course activity.

Creating Calendar Entries
Use the Course Calendar to provide students with dates for course related events.


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