Communication & Notifications

Connect with your students and other instructors and stay up-to-date on important activity.

 

Email

Connect with your students through email.

You can send an email to your whole course roster or to an individual student through your Gradebook or course roster.

All email correspondence have the option to allow students and co-instructors to reply. If a student or instructor replies to an email, the reply will be sent to the email connected to your NextThought account. Below are instructions on how to send an email from your course roster.

 

Email a Course

Email your course through your Gradebook or roster. Below is a description of how to email your course via the course roster.

  1. To send an email to students in your course, visit the roster within the Course Info View. To the right-hand side of the roster, click on the “Email” button.
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  2. Within the new window, select a group to send an email to: “All Students,” “Enrolled Students,” or “Open Students.”
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  3. Next, check the box “Allow Replies” if you would like to allow students to reply to your email.
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  4. Fill out the subject line of the email and then type your email’s message.
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  5. Check the “Send me a copy of the email” if you would like to receive a copy of your email.
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  6. If you’d like for all course instructors to receive the email (and not just your students), select “Copy All Instructors.”
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  7. Once you’ve completed filling out your message and selecting your preferences, click the “Send Email” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
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Note: You may also send an email via the Gradebook within the Grades & Performance tab. To start a new email, click the mailing icon at the top right-hand corner of the Gradebook and jump to Step 2 above.

 

Email a Student

Email a student through your Gradebook, roster, or while viewing the student’s assignment. Below is a description of how to email a student through the roster.

  1. To send an email to a specific student in your course, visit the roster within the Course Info View.
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  2. Hover over a student’s name and click on the text “Email” that appears below the name.
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  3. Next, check the box “Allow Replies” if you would like to allow the student to reply to your email.
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  4. Fill out the subject line of the email and then type your email’s message.
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  5. Check the “Send me a copy of the email” if you would like to receive a copy of your email.
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  6. If you’d like for all course instructors to receive the email (and not just your students), select “Copy All Instructors.”
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  7. Once you’ve completed filling out your message and selecting your preferences, click the “Send Email” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
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Notifications

Stay up-to-date on the most important happenings within your course and learning community.

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Notifications are notices of events that relates to you. New notifications show in the upper right-hand corner of your account with a red number marker over the bell icon. Clicking on this icon will display all of the recent notifications you have received.

 

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Scroll to the bottom of your notifications and click “Show All” to open the Notifications page. This page displays all of your notifications on a timeline.

 

Email Notifications

Instructor Notifications Include: Learner Notifications Include:
Student assignment feedback Instructor assignment feedback
Being tagged in a note or thought Instructor note creation within course materials
Posted replies to your note, comment, or thought Instructor created community discussion
Posted replies to your (manually)* created discussion New grades
Being added as a contact Being tagged in a note or thought
  Being tagged as part of a group or list
  Being added as a contact
  Posted replies to your note, comment, thought, or community discussion 

Warning: Due to the large volume of participation within forums, you do not receive a notification when a student comments on a course forum unless you manually created the forum.

 

Daily notification emails are sent out for any notifications you’ve missed while you were logged out of the platform. These emails contain links so you can navigate directly to any important notification you receive while away. If ever you don’t want to be notified by email, you can turn off this feature by clicking on your profile image and then clicking “manage account.” Under “preferences” uncheck the box regarding email notifications.

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