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Distance Learning: Emails, Blogs & Discussion Boards

Resources and links to support Distance and online tools

UTHealth: Student E-mail

UTHealth Students use LiveMail hosted by Microsoft.

For help with LiveMail passwords, access  or trouble shooting please click here:


What's a Discussion Board?

"A discussion board (known also by various other names such as discussion groupdiscussion forummessage board, and online forum) is a general term for any online "bulletin board" where you can leave and expect to see responses to messages you have left."-Tech Target

Keep Up the Netiquette

Discussion Board Netiquette:

Professional Email:

Best Email Strategies:

  1. Return emails within a timely manner
  2. Always greet the recipient 
  3. Check for errors
  4. Stay positive
  5. Get to the point and use bullets when possible 
  6. Plainly state the response, action and time frame you expect from the recipient without demanding 

What's a Blog?

"A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary.  Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably." - Blog Basics

Additional Related Links

For additional information on these topics: 

15 Ways to Make Your Emails More Professional by Business News Daily online

Effective E-mail Correspondence from the UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center

Prepare to Be Amazed: Ten Rules for Better Conversation TED talk

"When your success is dependent on how well you communicate, you learn a lot about having conversation"

- Celest Headlee:


Image credit: TED talk image is copyrighted and used here under creative commons license. This link to media is for educational purposes only. Tysonc 2017