We all have our workflow preferences and places that we check to stay connected. Some prefer using Course Messages (which in our configuration won’t send the message to a student’s email, unfortunately), and others prefer using actual email service.
There may be a practice compromise to accommodate both the need for convenience such as emailing a student (or a number of students) without leaving the course, and using email as a system, so that both students and instructors will get alerts when they receive messages.
Blackboard has emailing capabilities. While it email as a tool has been also disabled in our configuration, the workaround exists and instructors can choose to send an email directly from the course when using the Grade Center.
Here is how.
STEP 1: Visit Grade Center
In both Edit On and Edit Off views you have access to the “Email” button. Select a student you want to address, or several at once, and use the email options to send your message.
STEP 2: Select your recipients.
You can add more if you wish on the next screen.
STEP 3: Edit your message, add recipients (optional), add attachments (optional)
Remember that this email will be sent to you as well (the sender). The student then can reply directly back to you using email only. Consider this as an option.