Brightspace Communication Tools

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Last Updated: January 18, 2023
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This article has been updated to reflect changes made to the email tool in Brightspace as of 12/22/22

Composing an Email in Brightspace

Communications sent from Brightspace will be sent directly to the recipient's email address. When a student replies to a message, the reply will also be sent to the senders address. To send a communication directly from Brightspace, use one of the two options listed below:

Option 1: Email from Classlist

  1. Go to the Classlist from the Course Admin menu of your course
  2. Email the whole class:
    1. Near the top, select the Email Classlist button
      Email Classlist
    2. A list of all users that will be emailed displays. At the bottom, click Send Email
  3. Email select students:
    1. Use the select boxes to choose which students you would like to send a communication to
    2. Click Email
  4. Type your message
  5. Click the Send button

Please note that this option will place the message recipients in the BCC field by default.

Option 2: Email Tool

  1. While in your course, select the envelope icon at the top of your screen
  2. Click Email
  3. Select the Address Book button
  4. Choose the students you wish to email
  5. Select the To, Cc, or Bcc buttons to add them to the corresponding fields
  6. Select the Add Recipients button
  7. Type your message to the students
  8. Click the Send button

How is this different from Blackboard?

Brightspace's emailing system functions the same way that Blackboard's did with an added benefit: Brightspace also has a sent button in the email tool, which allows you to view any email you sent from Brightspace. To access this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the envelope icon at the top of the screen
  2. Click Email
  3. Choose the Sent Mail button

How can students receive notifications for course updates?

To learn how students can receive notifications for course updates, check out this article!

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