Announcements can be timed to release on specified dates and include email notifications to reinforce the message. Announcements can also be released for groups within your site.
In some contexts, the calendar is also named “Schedule.” Several tools can post events automatically to the calendar, and events can be entered manually. Calendar can import personal and institutional calendars and site members can subscribe to calendars using their favorite personal calendar manager.
The Forum tool can hold several Forums; Forums contain topics; topics contain threads with posts and replies. Instructors have detailed control over permissions for forums and topics, and the statistical reporting allows instructors to see and grade each student’s participation easily.
Messages sent through the Messages tool are contained within the NYU Classes environment unless the sender explicitly chooses to copy the message to the recipients’ email addresses. Messages uses the rich text editor for message composition and can handle attachments. Messages can be led in folders within the tool and can send messages based on role (to all “students” for example).