Create once - publish everywhere!

You can create and customize messages to send to recipients by phone, email, text, app, and social media. Depending on who you are trying to reach and what your message is, you can select different types of delivery methods (default delivery options can also be pre-set).

Watch the Send Message Interface https://player.vimeo.com/video/123036930 video for a tutorial of sending messages.


Create a message

Senders cannot cancel a message during its delivery, a message can only be canceled 5 minutes before the delivery is set to begin.

  1. From the Blackboard Communications HQ interface menu, select Messages > Send.
  2. Type the Subject for the topic of the message.
  3. Add Recipients, use a Saved Message to resend common messages, change the start time, or adjust many other options.
  4. Select one or more delivery methods from the main send message page to send to the recipients:
    • Template option - Create a template message to be used on all of the delivery types and modified later in each one to customize them. Type the body of the message here. You can also add images for the template option. Not all messages types will post images.
    • Phone messages - If you created a template message, the content will be added here for phone calls. You can update the text and select how to make the recording - Call me to record, Call in to record, Upload audio file, Text to speech, or Use microphone. To remove the phone call option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Emails - If you created a template message, the content will be added here for emails. You can update the text and add any images. To remove the email option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Text/SMS - If you created a template message, the content will be added here for text/SMS messages, but you may need to edit the content to be less than 160 characters. To remove the text/SMS option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Mobile App Notifications - For districts and schools that subscribe to Blackboard Mobile Communication app, the content will be added here for the app notifications. You can update the text and add any images. You can also mark the notification to appear only to known recipients and not to the general public of your mobile app. To remove the app notification option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Facebook - For districts and schools that subscribe to Blackboard Mass Notifications, Blackboard Mobile Communication app, or Blackboard Social Media Manager, the content will be added here for Facebook messages, but you may need to edit the content to be less than 160 characters. You can update the text and add any images. To remove the Facebook option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Twitter - For districts and schools that subscribe to Blackboard Mass Notifications, Blackboard Mobile Communication app, or Blackboard Social Media Manager, the content will be added here for text/SMS messages, but you may need to edit the content to be less than 140 characters. You can update the text and add an image. To remove the Twitter option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • RSS - For districts and schools that send messages to a third party website, the content will be added here for RSS feeds.
    • District/School Websites - For districts and schools that subscribe to Blackboard Web Community Manager and have implemented the Universal Navigation bar, the content will be added here for your district or school websites. You can update the text and add any images. To remove the website option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
    • Alerts - For districts and schools that subscribe to Blackboard Web Community Manager and have implemented the Universal Navigation bar, the content will be added here for your district or school website on-screen alerts. You can update the text and select which sites will display the on-screen pop-up alert message. To remove the alert option, close out the tab from the upper right hand corner.
  5. Include language translations by selecting Add Language, and select each language needed.

    You can remove any language with the Delete icon.

    Amheric language will not include translation or text-to-speech capabilities. Some Android devices and iOS do NOT support Amheric, and the message may not look correct on those devices. However, it is expected that those users requiring Amheric language will use phones that support the display.

  6. Set the message as an Emergency if needing to send out immediately.

    You can set the message to be sent immediately with the proper language translations.

  7. Select Send when ready to send the message.

Merge tags with recorded messages

You can use merge tags for recorded phone messages. The tag will record the information available in the database for the specific information.

For example, if you want parents to confirm that their specific child is absent with a phone message, you can record the message, insert a merge tag for the name of the student, and the student's name will be inserted into the generalized recording. Then the message will be sent to all parents of absentee students with the information for their own child.

Merge tags help you to send personalized messages with only one recording.

  1. In the Advanced Options section, select Use merge tags with recorded audio.
  2. From the Phone area of the Send Message interface, select Call me to record or Call in to record.
  3. When typing your script, select your merge tags through the Merge Tags feature. To avoid errors, do NOT copy and paste merge tags into the text.
  4. Read the script and when you see a merge tag, press the Star (*) button on your phone. Wait for the beep to continue reading your script.
  5. Press Pound (#) when finished recording, and press 1 to save the message.

Send a saved message

There are several pre-written, standard messages you can use.

  • System created: Written and recorded in four supported languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian-Creole. Can't be edited, copied, or deleted. Identified by the Blackboard logo.
  • Admin created: Created by your district administrator. Can be copied only. Identified by an image of a building.
  • User created: Written and recorded by a user. Can be edited, copied, and deleted. Identified by an image of a person.

Create your own or use system and admin created ones to make common communications easier.

  1. Select any default or saved messages from the folders in the Saved Messages section. Open each folder to see what default and saved messages are in them.
  2. If you have permission, update the message or select other delivery methods - Phone, Email, Text/SMS, App Notifications, RSS, Facebook, Twitter, District/School Websites.
  3. Add Recipients, change the start time, or adjust many other options by using the menu to the left of the message area.
  4. Include language translations by selecting the Languages.
  5. Set the message as an Emergency if you need to send it immediately.
  6. Select Send when ready to send the message.

Search for recipients

Users are able to select recipients by groups, schools, grades, even individually. There are various ways to select recipients.

More on searching for recipients


Use advanced message options

You can adjust how messages are sent — adjust the send time, recipient numbers, and change who is allowed to send this message at another time.

  1. Select Advanced Options.
  2. Select the specific district or school from the Sending Organization list.
  3. Adjust the Delivery Schedule by setting a start date/time, and an end date/time.
    • To schedule messages to be sent multiple times, select the Add (+) icon to set multiple dates and times. Use this feature to send reminders to recipients multiple times for an upcoming event.

      Check out the video for scheduling multiple deliveries of a message:

  4. Select or clear the remaining options:
    • To send a message during blackout times, select Send messages during blackout times.
    • To send a message to all numbers available for every user, select Deliver to ALL recipient delivery addresses.

      Select Deliver to ALL recipient delivery addresses only during emergencies.

    • To send to the parents of selected students, select Deliver to parents of students.

      This doesn't send the message to the students, just to the parents of the selected students. If you want to send the message to both parents and students, you have to select both as recipients.

    • If you want the header and footer information included in an audio message, clear the Do not play header/footer prompts during outbound calling option. This option is usually checked so that the header and footer information is not included.
    • To save this message as public, select Allow other users to also send this message (public).
    • If you want recipients respond by pressing 2 from their phones, select Allow message recipients to respond to this message via voice recording.
    • If using merge codes for phone messages, select Use merge tags with recorded audio.
    To update the message category, select a new category from the Message Category list.
  5. Select Save when finished.

Crear mensajes accesibles

¿Sabía que mil millones de personas en el mundo padecen alguna discapacidad mental o física? ¿O que el 12,9 % de los alumnos de América del Norte tienen algún tipo de discapacidad? Debe asegurarse de que todos sus alumnos y los miembros de la comunidad entiendan todas sus comunicaciones.

Más información sobre la accesibilidad en la educación


Prácticas de accesibilidad recomendadas para todas las comunicaciones

Independientemente de si se comunica por mensajes de correo electrónico o por Facebook, estas prácticas de accesibilidad recomendadas le ayudarán a lograr que sus mensajes sean accesibles.

  • Escribir claramente. Escriba oraciones cortas. Utilice palabras o combinaciones de palabras que tengan 1 o 2 sílabas, de ser posible. Utilice contracciones. Utilice herramientas como Hemingway Editor para medir la legibilidad de su texto.
  • No utilice solo estilos de fuentes o colores para indicar que algo es importante. Cuando deba resaltar algo con énfasis, asegúrese de utilizar una alternativa accesible. Utilice signos de exclamación en la oración cuando es importante. Los lectores de pantallas resaltan los signos de exclamación y de interrogación. Esto significa que la herramienta no dirá la frase "signo de interrogación" al leer una pregunta en voz alta, sino que la expresará con un tono interrogatorio.
  • Incluya texto alternativo en sus imágenes. No hace falta que diga "Imagen de", ya que las herramientas de asistencia ya saben que se trata de una imagen. Sea conciso, claro y descriptivo. No utilice el mismo texto alternativo para cada imagen, como "Imagen que ilustra el texto asociado". No tiene sentido y agrega carga visual.
  • Agregue pies de foto en los casos en los que no pueda agregar texto alternativo. Si no puede agregar texto alternativo en las imágenes, asegúrese de que su texto comunique toda la información y de que la comprensión no dependa de la imagen.
  • Cree enlaces descriptivos. Todos los enlaces deben describir lo que el usuario encontrará al hacer clic en ellos. Evite el uso de frases genéricas como "haga clic aquí" o "consulte más información". Las direcciones web o URL no se consideran informativas, por lo que no deben utilizarse. En lugar de esto, escriba frases descriptivas.
  • Adjunte documentos accesibles. Siga las mismas prácticas recomendadas para que sus documentos adjuntos también sean accesibles. Para obtener más información, consulte Accesibilidad en Blackboard.
  • Incluya subtítulos o transcripciones junto con los videos. Proporcione un enlace a las transcripciones si el video no incluye subtítulos.
  • Intente oír su mensaje para asegurarse de que suene bien. Use las herramientas de síntesis de voz que se encuentran disponibles en la mayoría de los dispositivos para oír su mensaje antes de enviarlo.

Accesibilidad en las redes sociales

Las redes sociales no siempre son accesibles. La navegación a veces es complicada para los usuarios de lectores de pantalla, y muchas veces el contenido no incluye títulos, texto alternativo para las imágenes ni subtítulos. Esto no significa que usted no pueda usar redes sociales. Tiene que hacerlo, porque allí se encuentra su público. Asegúrese de crear un contenido que permita la mayor accesibilidad posible, para llegar a todo su público.

Siga las prácticas de accesibilidad recomendadas en todo su contenido y tenga en cuenta los siguientes consejos al usar Facebook o Twitter.

Facebook

  • Agregue texto alternativo en todas las fotos e imágenes que publique.
  • Proporcione un enlace a las transcripciones al publicar videos.

Twitter

  • Infórmele a su público cuál es el contenido de su publicación. Si su publicación contiene fotos, videos o archivos de audio, use los siguientes prefijos antes de su mensaje.
    • Fotos: [FOTO]
    • Videos: [VIDEO]
    • Audio: [AUDIO]
  • Coloque los hashtags y las menciones al final del mensaje.
  • Use mayúsculas y minúsculas "tipo camello" en los hashtags. Es decir, escriba con mayúscula la letra inicial de cada palabra en su hashtag. Por ejemplo, #AccesibilidadEnBlackboard
  • Evite usar expresiones de jerga en formato de texto que puedan sonar extrañas al ser leídas por el lector de pantalla.