Send a private message or file to a student

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How do I send a private message or file to a student?

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Instructors can send private course content, feedback, messages, or files to a student via Messages, Individually Assign, and from an Assignment.

Private Messages

Note: Depending on the settings in place at your school, some of the following options to send messages may not be available for you.

To send a message from a course:

  1. Click Members from the left menu of the course profile.
  2. Click the gear icon next to the student's name and select Send message.
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  3. Enter a subject and message.
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    Optional: Attach a File, Link, Resources, or Audio/Video Recording from the bottom ribbon of the rich text editor.
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  4. Click Send.

To send a message from the header:

  1. Click the envelope icon in the header.
  2. Click New Message.
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  3. Enter the student's name in the To field. A list of users automatically populates as you type.
    Note: If a student does not appear when you type their name, it's possible they've restricted messaging from their account privacy settings.
  4. Select the student from the list.
  5. Enter a subject and message.
    Optional: Attach a File, Link, Resources, or Audio/Video Recording from the bottom ribbon of the rich text editor.
  6. Click Send to complete.

To send a message from a student's profile page:

  1. Click Message in the upper right of the student's profile.
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  2. Enter a subject and message.
    Optional: Attach a File, Link, Resources, or Audio/Video Recording from the bottom ribbon of the rich text editor.
  3. Click Send to complete.

Individually Assign Materials

Use Individually Assign to send course materials to specific students. You may assign individual items or a folder to a student.

You can individually assign content as you create it from the Add Materials menu, or individually assign existing content by clicking the gear icon and editing the material:

  1. From the Create or Edit screen of the material you would like to assign, click the Individually Assign icon within the Options field.
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  2. Enter the names of the student to whom you would like to assign the material.
  3. Click Save Changes to complete.

Access the Individually Assign tool for folders from the course materials page or from directly within a folder.

From the Course Materials page:

  1. Navigate to your course materials page.
  2. Click the gear icon next to the folder you want to assign.
  3. Select Individually Assign from the drop-down menu.

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From within a folder:

  1. Open the folder you wish to individually assign.
  2. Click the Options button at the top of the page.
  3. Select Individually Assign from the drop-down menu.

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Step 1 — Select Student

Enter the student's name in the search field under Select Students or use the drop-down to select a student in the section.

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Step 2 — Confirm Your Information

Click Next to review the assignee. Then, click Assign to apply your changes.

Learn more about the Individually Assign tool:

Send Private Feedback and Files in an Assignment

Provide feedback and upload files back to the student directly from the Document Viewer in an assignment.

To send private feedback from an assignment:

  1. Enter a comment in Submission Activity to the right of the student's submission.
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    Optional: Attach a File or Audio/Video Recording from the bottom ribbon of the rich text editor.
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  2. Click Post to send.

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