Within myCourses, you can send messages or emails directly to your students. Every instructor has different expectations for the level and style of communication they have with their students.
Most instructors include communication preferences within their syllabi or course welcome messages.
For more information about the differences between these tools, please read on:
The myCourses Messages tool is an email-like environment you may use to communicate with your students. This tool must be activated by you, it is not automatically included in your course site.
Please note, you cannot send or receive emails using the message tool, as it only works within that one specific course. Also, students will not be able to access messages once the course is complete.
Using the Messages Tool
Similar to the myCourses Messages tool, the Send Email tool allows students and instructors to send email to other people in the course from within Blackboard Learn. This tool must
be activated by you, it is not automatically included in your course site. Emails are sent to the user’s @UMassD.edu email address (Outlook Mail). Sent emails are not saved in myCourses, but in Outlook Mail.
Using the Email Tool