Each matriculated student at Boise State University is assigned a Google Apps BroncoMail account upon their acceptance to the University. This is the student email account used by faculty and staff to officially communicate with students. Students who are not fully familiar with BroncoMail and do not realize that email is the primary communication tool the University uses, may forget to log in and check their accounts. However, email messages sent through Blackboard go to students’ official BroncoMail account. Teachers who communicate through BroncoMail email also increase the security of their communications.
Since Boise State migrated to Google Apps for students, another advantage of their becoming familiar with BroncoMail is that it can be the portal for other applications particularly useful in distance education, such as shared Google Docs and Google Sites.
Please inform your students at the beginning of class to expect emails through their BroncoMail accounts. You can help educate students on the use of their BroncoMail accounts by suggesting one or all of the following tips:
- Students can forward their BroncoMail email messages to an account they use more frequently. They may choose to keep copies of their messages in their BroncoMail account or purge it automatically.
- Students can create “rules” in their BroncoMail accounts to file, purge, and forward email messages that contain certain characteristics. Rules are easy to set up and help students keep their accounts clean.
- Students use my.BoiseState to register for classes every semester. Remind students that signing in to use their BroncoMail account is just as easy, and it’s even located at the same Web address. (my.BoiseState.edu) When they sign in to BroncoMail, they have the option to purge some or all of their received messages.