The Sakai Message Tool allows you to send messages from within Sakai to your students' email accounts. You can send messages to the entire class, individual members, and/or groups you set up within your Sakai course site (i.e. sections).
1. Visit your Sakai course site and click Messages in the left-hand navigation menu.
2. Once in the Messages tool, you have multiple options. You can compose a new message, create a new folder, view messages in folders, or change settings or permissions. To compose a message, press the Compose Message tab.
3. To select message recipients, click on the drop down under To:. You can then select roles and/or multiple people. To select multiple people, click a name then click the drop down again and select the next name. To remove a name, click the x to the left of the name.
4. Follow the instructions in the screenshot below for more info on how to send a message. If you are pasting the contents of your message from Microsoft Word or Outlook, be sure to use the Paste from Word tool in the visual text editor's tool bar. Press the Send button when you're ready to send your message. Alternatively, you can also preview it, save a draft, or cancel the message without sending it.
See here for more information on using the Paste from Word tool.