The announcements are a good place to include information about where students should start. For example, you might tell them to access the Introduction and Syllabus sections. Be specific and do not assume that students have taken an online course before or have used Blackboard.
You can use the Course Calendar to provide students with dates for course related events. Course Calendar events appear to all members of the course
Using the Bb Calendar (mov)
Blackboard includes a tool that allows users to send email to all or select users in the course. A copy of the email is automatically sent to the sender.