Mailing List Options
The purpose of this Knowledgebase article is to inform users on the different options available to send email messages to a the same group of people without having to re-enter their email address into each message. There are a number of options for Pacific community members to create and send email messages to a list of email addresses.
Google Groups is Pacific University's system for creating email mailing lists for courses, clubs, or other interest groups associated to Pacific University students, faculty and staff. Information on how to use Google Groups can be found in the Knowledgebase article Google Groups Introduction & Resources.
Only faculty members can request @courses.pacificu.edu groups for the classes they teach. Groups for courses are automatically populated with student email addresses from the official class list provided by the Registrar. Faculty members must remove students who drop the class and may add additional members such as teaching assistants.
- Group lists
Ad-Hoc groups for all other purposes will be created under the @groups.pacificu.edu domain.
The forum activity in Moodle allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a 'thread'. Files such as images and media maybe included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others' posts.
Information on using a Moodle Forum can be found on the Forum Activity page within the Moodle help pages.
Additional information for faculty members can be found on the Using Forum Moodle help page.
Email Message Groups
For groups of people that you are the only person that will need to send messages, your email client will allow you to make message groups that make it quick to send repeated messages to the same list of contacts.
Boxer Mail (Gmail) will allow users to create contact groups for people in your contact lists. Once created, all you need to do to send email to everyone in your contact group is to create a new message and then type in the contact group name in the To: line of the email message. Gmail will fill in all of the addresses for the people in your contact group. For instructions on creating a Gmail contact group, please see the Gmail help page on how to Group & Sort Contacts.
- Faculty and Staff
Outlook will allow users to create contact groups for people in your contact lists. Once created, all you need to do to send email to everyone in your contact group is to create a new message and then type in the contact group name in the To: line of the email message. Outlook will fill in all of the addresses for the people in your contact group. For instructions on creating an Outlook contact group, please see the Outlook help page on how to Create a contact group.
- All faculty/staff/student lists
Messages sent to all students, faculty or staff are restricted for notification of the entire campus community or selected sub-groups (students/faculty/staff) about important information that affects the majority of the campus community or selected sub-group. Please see the university web site for the All-Campus Email Policy.
Information on posting messages to other publications such as News, Employee E-News and Pacific Magazine can be found on the Publications Information web page.