About Blackboard Communication Tools
Creating Announcements: Announcements are used to post timely information such as due dates or class cancellations. You can add, edit, and delete announcements. Announcements can be sent using email or SMS text notifications.
Send Email: Email allows you to send email to other people in your course from within Blackboard Learn without launching an external email client, such as Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. Emails can be sent to individual users or to groups of users. A copy of this email is sent to the sender by default. You can send email from Retention Center, Grade Center, and Tools. There is no way to track whether email has been received or read by recipients.
Disable Student-To-Student Emails: Some faculty do not want students to be able to send an email to their classmates. It is possible to disable this functionality. Learn how by clicking the above link.
Contact Information (Movie, 01:46)
Contacts is a place where you can add profile information about yourself and other staff that is distributed to students. This is a good location to provide information about office hours, phone numbers, and other links to help students find the people who have important roles in the course.
Calendar Entries: You can use the Course Calendar to provide students with dates for course related events. Course Calendar events appear to all members of the course. If students access the calendar while in your course, they will only see the entries you have added.
Course Messages: Course Messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a course and among course members. Although similar to email, users must be logged into the course to read and send messages.