Succeeding in an Online Course

Whether you are using email or the Discussion Board, you should also be aware of some other issues:

  • When attaching a file, make sure your recipient(s) can open it. For example, if you attach a WordPerfect document, there's a chance that someone doesn't have a program to open that file. It's best to stick with Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format). If you know how to create PDF documents, anyone can read those with Adobe's free PDF Reader.
  • When attaching a file, make sure your document isn't overly large. Some email programs won't allow you to receive a document that exceeds a file size limit, and Blackboard might not even let you attach such a large file.
  • Before attaching a file, scan it for viruses. Your recipients -- and their computers -- will be grateful.