In WebCT there was an email web service that gave the ability to send/receive email via web services API. Does anyone have specific documentation on how or if this functionality can be achived in Bb Learn 9.1 via web services? My development environment is .Net and have access to all the WSDLs for other services, but do not see anything associated with email.
I found this in an old DevCon '08 presentation on edugarage.
The Mail Web Service • Access to Learning System mail • Read messages and attachments • Send messages • Update folders and move messages
I don't see any web services specifically dedicated to email in Bb Learn. However, email in Learn is just routed out through the designated SMTP server--there's no internal readiong/storage of email.
What is it that you're trying to do with your building block? Have you asked over on EduGarage, where the actual Blackboard developer's forums are?
I was trying to make sure that I'm not missing out on e-mail functionality. In WebCT, there is a Mail section under Course Tools. These emails are between students and instructors and are not linked to the campus email system. Now that I logged in to BbLearn, I notice that under "My Institution" there is a "Send Email" tool...however, I see that I have "Courses participating in: None" and "Organizations participating in: None".
After selecting an actual Course, I see a new menu option called "Mail" which actually translates to "Messages"...here is the verbage under it:
Messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a Course and among Course members. Although similar to email, users must be logged into the Course to read and send Messages
After searching through all the classes, interfaces, etc, I see no mention of Mail or Messages. My goal is to create a .Net application that can call functions to perform the basic (compose and read) email/message functionality between students and instructors.
Yes, I think that what WebCT called "Email" is what Blackboard calls "Messages", which has nothing to do with SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol), the standard Internet email transmission mechanism.
Unfortunately, the Messages system does not seem to be very well documented by Blackboard, but if anybody would know about APIs and web services to access it, they'd be over on EduGarage.
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