Announcement emails do not work when a course has : in the name.

If you receive a message stating that emails have not been sent when posting an announcement, please check your course name. If the name has a colon (:) in the title the email tool in Blackboard will not work. This is a known issue with the software and is due to be fixed in an upcoming Service Pack.


  • Create the announcement as normal
  • Copy the message text
  • Post the announcement
  • Go to course tools and click send email
  • Select the group of users you wish to send the email to e.g. All student users
  • Paste the text from the announcement in to the message box
  • Click Submit


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