Instructors can communicate with their students in Blackboard many ways: through Announcements, the Send Email tool, the Grade Center, and the Discussion Board. Even with these excellent communication tools in place, however, it's still a good idea to put your contact information on your course site in case they have trouble reaching you through Blackboard directly (instructions below).
The Instructor Info area in your course site functions as a contact information page for your students. In this area, you can include office hours, phone numbers, email addresses, and other links that you wish students to access. While on this page, press the Create Contact button to add yourself as an instructor contact. Learn more.
A lot of instructors post weekly announcements to keep students on track with their work. Or, if you need to move back a deadline or notify students of grades being posted, you can simply post one to your course site and trust that students will see it.
Announcements are visible to all students when they first enter your course. They will also appear to students on the Home page of Blackboard for up to seven days:
On top of this, Blackboard automatically notifies students via email that your new announcement has been posted within 30 minutes, or you have the option while posting the announcement to have the email immediately sent out.
Using the Send Email tool allows you to send an email to all TAs, all students at once, select groups of students, or individual students from within your course site. This way, you don't have to track students' email addresses through Outlook and myFSU.
You can email selected students while you're grading, too. Here's how:
Another communication channel is to set up a "Q&A" or "General Question" forum via the Discussion Board feature and advise students to subscribe to the forum. If students do not subscribe to the forum, however, they will not receive email notifications when posts are made by either student or instructor.