How to Communicate with Students in Blackboard

There are several ways to communicate with your students in Blackboard; announcements, course messages, email, and notify through the Retention Center. Please keep in mind there are many areas of Blackboard that use the email feature; announcements, retention center, grade center, and the send email tool.


This feature in Blackboard resides outside of the course once the email is sent.  Students will receive the email in their T-Wolves account and faculty receives emails in their college Outlook account.

  • If you are not sending email through the Blackboard it is recommended that you create a folder in your Outlook account to collect any correspondence.
  • Remember that emails sent prior to add/drop will not be sent to students that are added later in your course.  Please remember to go back and review any emails you sent during preview week or before add/drop has ended to see if they need to be sent again.  This is a practice you should use every semester.
  • NOTE: All emails sent through Blackboard are blind CC to students.
  • Blackboard Video on how to send email

Course Announcements (Public) – Recommended

This feature allows content to be saved in the course but also sent as an email to students.

Course Messages

This feature is an internal private communication tool. The messages stay within the course.


This image shows that email, announcements, and retention center communication goes to the students college email. Course messages stay within the course.


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