How do I email my students in CourseWorks?

There are several ways to communicate with your students via email in CourseWorks.

The “mailtool” is the first option. Click “site settings” —> “edit tools” and enable the mailtool option. Mailtool offers a flexible system to email your students and others and logs all outgoing emails.

Many of Sakai’s other tools also offer email options. For example, if you upload a file to the “files and resources” section, there’s a dropdown menu at the bottom of the page, which allows you to send an email to students alerting them of the new posting.

To compose and send a message:

  • In your Site Tools, click Mailtool
  • Click Compose
  • In the “To” field, you will see "All," “Roles,” and “Groups”. Selecting "All" will send the email to all course participants (including Instructors and TAs).
  • If you select "Roles" or "Groups", these buttons enable dynamic dropdown lists of roles and groups for your Course Site.
  • You can select all within a role or group by checking the box next to it. If you’d like to select individuals within a role or group, click on the word itself to enable a dynamic list of participants within that role or group
  • Enter the content for your Subject and Message using the text editor 
  • Under "Attachments", you can attach a file from your local computer or from Resources, or specify the URL for a file on the web
  • When you're finished, click Send to send your message 

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