Sakai DocumentationSakai 2.9 Basics for Instructors Managing Your CourseHow do I send course mail to students in Messages?

How do I send course mail to students in Messages?

The Messages tool is an internal course mail system for messaging between individuals and groups in a site.

Go to Messages.

Go to Messages.

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

Click Compose Message.

Click Compose Message.

Click on the Compose Message button to begin a new course mail message.

Select recipients.

Select recipients.

A list of all enrolled users in your site will appear in the "To" field for you to select the recipient/s. Recipients are listed by role (i.e. instructor, student, teaching assistant), by group, and by individual user. You may select all of the students in the site by selecting Student Role in the list. Or, you may scroll down in the list and select an individual user or users.

Tip: You may select more than one user at a time by SHIFT+Click to select a range of consecutive recipients, or CTRL+Click to select two or more non-consecutive recipients.

Add Bcc.

Add Bcc.

If you would like to blind carbon copy additional recipients, click on the Add Bcc link to expand the Bcc recipient list, and then select one or more recipients from the list to receive a blink carbon copy of the email. Bcc recipients will receive the message but will not see the names of the other Bcc recipients, nor will other recipients see their name.

Tip: Bcc is a good option to use if you need to send the same message to several students (for example, a message to all students that scored below 70 on an exam), but you don't want the students to know which other students also received the message.

Send Cc.

Send Cc.

You also have the option to copy the recipient's external email address. This will send a copy of the message to the email address that is associated with the user's account in the system - typically the institution email address.

Check the box for Send a copy of this message to recipients' email address(es) to copy the recipient's external address.

Apply a label.

Apply a label.

You may apply a label from the drop-down menu to indicate the priority of your message. The default label is Normal. You may change it to Low or High if desired.

Enter a subject.

Enter a subject.

Enter a subject line for your message. In this example, we have entered "Welcome to class" as the message subject.

Enter a message.

Enter a message.

Enter the body of your message into the rich text editor in the Message area.

Add attachments.

Add attachments.

If you would like to attach a file to your message, you may click the Add attachments button to browse for and select a file.

Send message.

Send message.

When you are finished composing your message, click Send to send it to your recipient/s.

Alternately, if you would like to preview your message before sending, you may click the Preview button instead. Or, if you are not yet finished composing your message but would like to save it to continue editing later, you also may click the Save Draft button.