How do I send a message?

Go to Messages.

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

Click Compose Message.

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Click Compose Message from the options at the top of the page.

Choose the recipients.

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Click the To field to expand the course member list. Select a group of recipients or an individual recipient from the list. Repeat this step to address your message to choose multiple groups and/or multiple individual recipients.

Tip: You can address a message to all members assigned to a specific role by selecting that role from the list. For example, you can send a message to all instructors by selecting "Instructor Role."

Add Bcc. (Optional)

To optionally blind-copy recipients on the message, click Add Bcc and then select a group of recipients or an individual recipient from the list.

Tip: The Bcc option allows you to send a message to multiple people without the recipients being able to see the other people addressed in the message. Faculty often use this option when emailing groups of students about grade-related issues in order to protect the students' privacy and FERPA rights.

Send Cc. (Optional)

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If you would like to send a copy to the email address of recipient(s), check the box associated with Send a copy of this message to recipients' email address(es).

Tip: Sending as Cc provides an additional opportunity for recipients to receive the message when they may not be actively checking the course site.

Label the message's importance.

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Indicate that the message is of Normal importance, Low importance, or High importance by opening the Label menu and making a selection.

Enter a subject.

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Type the subject for your message in the Subject field.

Enter a message.

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Enter a message in the Message box.

Tip: There are a variety of tools within the Rich Text Editor to help you format your message. Other features include adding images, video, and emoticons.

Add an attachment. (Optional)

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To attach a file to your message, click the Add attachments button to browse for and select a file.

Preview the message. (Optional)

To preview the message before sending it, click Preview.

Send the message.

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Click Send to send your message.