Within myCourses, you can send messages or emails directly to your instructor or other students.
Please check the course syllabus or with your instructor regarding the course communication preferences.
For more information about the differences between these tools, please read on:
The myCourses Messages tool is an email-like environment you may use to communicate. This tool is activated by the instructor and is not automatically included in your course site. Please note, you cannot send or receive emails using the message tool, as it only works within that one specific course.
Similar to the myCourses Messages tool, the Send Email tool allows students and instructors to send email to other people in the course from within Blackboard Learn. This tool is activated by the instructor and is not automatically included in your course site. Emails are sent to the user’s @UMassD.edu email address (Outlook Mail). Sent emails are not saved in myCourses.