myLesley has several tools that are helpful to instructors wishing to communicate about the course and course requirements, including announcements, email, discussion board, and uploading a syllabus.  


Topics in this article include:

Announcements

Send Email

Discussion Board

Uploading a Syllabus




Announcements

Announcements allow you to post timely information and reminders to your students. When sending the announcement you also have the option of sending it as an email to your students, allowing them to receive the information even if they are not logged into the course.


To add an Announcement, select Announcements on the course menu.


You will be brought into the Announcements section of your course. At the top of the page, click Create Announcement.


Enter a subject for your Announcement and type your message using the Text/Content Editor. For more information on using the Text/Content editor, see Using the myLesley Text/Content Editor.


In the Web Announcement Options, select Not Date Restricted to send the Announcement immediately or Date Restricted to select a date/time the Announcement should appear. You may also send a copy of the Announcement as an email to your students by selecting Send a copy of this announcement immediately.


Click Submit at the bottom of the page to save your changes.


For more information, see Announcements or watch the tutorial video below.





Send Email

The Send Email tool allows you to easily send email to students, faculty and TA's in your course without ever leaving myLesley. 


To send an email, click the Tools link in your course menu.


This will bring you into your Course Tools. Select Send Email.



See Email for more information or watch the tutorial video below.





Discussion Board

The Discussion Board serves to replace or augment classroom discussions in a digital format. Discussions can serve as an online meeting place, a medium for collaboration, or a way to demonstrate the understanding or application of course material. A Discussion Board forum is an area where participants discuss a topic. Within each forum are threads (or discussion topics), which contains each participant's post and replies to the post. 


To create a discussion forum in your course click on Discussion Board in the course menu.


At the top of the page click Create Forum



Enter a Name for your discussion. Enter your discussion prompt and instructions for the Description using the text/content editor. For more information on using the Text/Content editor, see Using the myLesley Text/Content Editor.


Click Submit at the bottom of the page to save your changes.


For more information, including optional settings, see Setting up and Managing the myLesley Discussion Board.



Uploading a Syllabus

The easiest way to upload your syllabus in myLesley is to upload the file directly in the Syllabus area of your course.


Click the Syllabus link in your course menu. If you do not have a Syllabus link, see Adding Content to Your myLesley Course for instructions on adding a content area.


At the top of the page, select Build Content, then select File.



Give your file a name and select Browse my Computer to upload a file. 



Locate and select your file to attach it.


In File Options, set your file to open in a new window.



In the Standard Options section, select the viewing options. Use the Date and Time restrictions to set dates in which items may be visible for your students. Please note that the content will always be visible for the instructor.


Click Submit at the bottom of the page to save changes.