Using “Instructor Quick Tools”

Using the Instructor Quick Tools link you can

  • quickly make Blackboard courses available
  • send emails and announcements to multiple courses at once.

Accessing Instructor Quick Tools

1 From the My University of Southampton screen find the Tools box, within the box click on Instructor Quick Tools.

Instructor Quick Tools

2. You will be presented with a list of quick tools.

Quick Tools

Using the Quick Tools to make courses available/unavailable to students

1. Click on Course Availability.

Course Availability

2. You will be presented with a list of courses where you have the privileges to change their availability.
3. Current availability of each course is indicated by an On/Off toggle.
4. To make a course available click on the Off icon beside it to turn the availability setting to On.
5. Likewise to make a course unavailable click on the On icon beside it to turn the availability setting to Off.

Availability toggles

Using the Quick Tools to make the same announcement to multiple courses at once.

1. Click on Post announcement

Post announcement

2. Select to which courses you wish to make the announcement by ticking the box beside each required course.
3. Enter a subject and a message
4. If you wish for an email to be sent to users tick the Email announcement tick box. If you do not tick the box no announcement email will be sent.
5. Click Submit to finish.

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Using the Quick Tools to make send an email to users on multiple courses at once.

1. Click on Send Email.

Send email

2. Select to which course’s users you wish to send email by ticking the box beside each required course. Note that the email will be sent to all course users, not just students.
3. Enter a subject and a message
4. Select whether you wish to receive a copy of the email once, or once per course by choosing the relevant option under “Send this Email to Myself”.
5. Click Submit to finish.

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SUP4-FreeOpenBBsThe instructor quick tools are a freeware plugin for Blackboard.