Send Email to Students with Quickmail
Quickmail allows instructors to send email to a select number of students or the whole class through their LATTE course.
Quickmail is a limited tool:
- No record of student replies are kept within LATTE
- Replies and continued correspondence occurs via students' and instructors' Brandeis email accounts outside LATTE
- Another option for communicating with students electronically is the course News and Announcement Forum in LATTE (sends email announcements to all subscribed students).
Adding Quickmail for Your Course
You will need to add the Quickmail block to your course homepage before you can use Quickmail.
To add the Quickmail block:
Step 1: On your course homepage, click the "Turn editing on..." button. A block named Blocks will appear with a drop down menu.
Step 2: From the drop-down menu in the Blocks block, select "Quickmail." The Quickmail block will then appear on the right-hand side of your course outline.
Composing an E-mail in Quickmail
Step 1: In the Quickmail block on the right-hand side of your course homepage, click on the "Compose" link in the block. (It will have an icon next to it that looks like this: )
Step 2: In the page that appears with the course participants names, check the boxes for each person you want to send an email. You can sort the participant list by either role (e.g. Student, Grading TA, etc) or by Group, if you are using groups. To do so, click either the "Select by Role" or "Select by Group" tab at the top of the Quickmail page. You can select all members of a specific role or group by clicking "Select all" next to that role or group's heading.
Step 3: Type a subject for your email and type the text of your email in the large box below the subject box.
Step 4: If you would like to send the email to someone who is not a participant in the class, you can type their name in the CC box. If you would like the students to be able to reply directly to the email, you must enter an email address in the the Reply To box (this could be your email, a grading TA's, etc). If you wish to add an attachment, see Adding Attachments below. If not, go on to Step 5.
Step 5: Click the "Send email" button at the bottom of the page.
Step 1: Click on the "Choose or upload a file" button.
Step 2: In the new window, click "Upload a file." Now click "Browse," select the file you want to attach, and click "Upload."
Step 3: The file you uploaded will appear in your files directory window. Click the "Choose" link to the right of the file name (you may have to scroll to the right to find it). Your file will now be attached to the email. Return to Step 5 in the instructions above.
Trouble with Quickmail?
If your students are not receiving your Quickmails or if you are receiving an "Email not logged" error when you send your Quickmail, please make sure you have done the following:
- You must select at least one course participant using the check box (rather than typing in their email)
- You must type something in the Subject box
- You must type something in the Message box