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Getting Started with bCourses: Communicating

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6.0 - Updated on 2022-06-09 by Miles Lincoln

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There are a variety of communication tools and options in bCourses, and they are available in different locations throughout a course site for your convenience.

This article provides a summary of each tool to help you choose which one use, when they are best used, and where you can find them.

 


Announcements

Screenshot of the bCourses Announcements page.

Key features:

Where to find it: 

Use “Announcements” for:

More information:


bCourses Mailing List

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Where to find it:

Use “bCourses Mailing List” for:

More information:


Chat

Screenshot of the bCourses Chat page.

Key features:

Where to find it:

Use “Chat” for:

More information:


BigBlueButton (Formerly Conferences)

While bCourses has a built-in "BigBlueButton" Conference feature, we strongly recommend that instructors use Zoom instead. Zoom is also integrated with all bCourses sites. Learn more at our Zoom for Instruction Service Page.


Conversations/Inbox

Screenshot of the Inbox in bCourses.

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Where to find it:

Use “Inbox/Conversations” for:

More information:


Discussions

Screenshot of a bCourses discussion.

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Where to find it:

Use “Discussions” for:

More information:


“Message Students Who..”

Screenshot of the Message Students Who... window

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Where to find it:

Use “Message Students Who..” for:

More information:


These are the tools that help students and instructors communicate from within bCourses. Do you have more specific, detailed questions? First, please search the Canvas Instructor Guide, or our bCourses Knowledge Base. If you find that you are not able to find the help article that you need, submit a Help Request form or sign up for a one-on-one meeting on our Consultation Calendar.

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