How do I communicate within myCourses?


The three most common communication channels your instructor will utilize are Announcements, Course Messages and email. Your instructor may use any or all of these tools, individually or in tandem, to keep you up to date on what is happening in your course.

  • Announcements: These will appear in the "What's New" area of your myCourses Dashboard. You may also receive them as a course message.
  • Course Messages: This is a way to communicate with your instructor and classmates strictly within myCourses. The interface looks similar to sending and receiving emails, but they are not emails. It is very important to understand that Course Messages are different from email because they only exist within myCourses, and are not retrievable once your course ends.



  • Email: The email tool in myCourses allows you to send emails to your instructor or classmate's UMass Dartmouth email address through Zimbra. Zimbra is the University's email client.The following video will provide you with greater instruction on email capabilities through Zimbra:



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