Many universities today have systems in which the campus community can be quickly connected and notified of incidents and situations. Such mass notification and alert systems such as Blackboard Connect are used when the University needs to contact faculty, staff and students, both on or off-campus. The situation might involve an announcement, reminder, emergency, an urgent matter or school information related issues.
For use in teaching context, Blackboard Connect is deployed in NTU within edveNTUre (Blackboard Learn) as a Course Tool called the Professor Notification Tool. It can be used to reach out and inform students on important and time critical course-related messages for their learning and also enhances student engagement by extending communication beyond emails and announcements in edveNTUre (Blackboard Learn) coursesites using SMS.