New feature! Now you can send email replies to forum posts. When you receive an email notification of a Cougar Courses forum post, replying to that email will create a response post in the forum thread.
Only instructors can post to a News Forum. A student's email reply to a News Forum post never results in a post to the News Forum. When a student sends an email reply to a News Forum post, the email is sent to the instructor who posted to the News Forum.
No. News Forums are configured to allow instructor posts only. An instructor can add an additional forum to their course that allows student postings. See Setting up Forums.
Yes. A document attached to your email reply will also be attached to your forum post.
Yes. You must attach the image file to your email to have it included as an attachment in your forum post. An image placed in the body of your email reply (instead of being attached) will mostly likely not work and will display as a broken link in the forum post.
Your email reply becomes a post in a forum (unless it is a reply to an instructor's News Forum post). Everyone who has access to the forum will see the email reply as a forum post and everyone who is subscribed to the forum will receive an email notification containing your post.
Forum posts push out to email once an hour. When someone posts to a forum, it can take up to 60 minutes before an email notification is pushed out to your email. Due to this time delay, you may not be responding to the most recent posts in a forum when you send email replies to forum notifications.
Within 60 minutes, your email reply to a forum notification will be displayed as a post within the forum.
Email replies become a post in a forum. If your forum is private to a group, only your group members can subscribe to the forum and receive email notifications containing forum posts.
If your email account is Microsoft Outlook (faculty/staff), then yes, your email address will be displayed in the post. If your email account is Gmail (student), then no, your email address will not be displayed in the post. The email address of every class participant can be found in the Participants link in the course.
No. Even if a student is subscribed to a Q&A forum, he or she will not receive emails containing posts made by other students until he or she makes his or her own post to the forum.
No. It will bounce. An email replies only works if it comes from the email address associated with your account in Cougar Courses.
An email reply to a digest will bounce. If you wish to send email replies to forum posts, see Forum Subscription and Tracking to change your preferences.