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Email Lists & Targeted Messaging Overview

Introduction

An electronic mail list is a tool that distributes a single electronic mail message to multiple recipients, whose email addresses are maintained in one central list. This service relies on the LISTSERV technology.

Capabilities, Benefits and Key Features

  • Communication and collaboration
  • Send email to a defined list of people
  • Electronic mail lists can meet a variety of communication needs, including information dissemination (such as distribution of news and announcements) and asynchronous dialog and discussion
  • Miami University primarily uses LISTSERV which is an opt-in email list management software from L-Soft international, Inc. designed specifically to manage electronic mail lists
  • Additional LISTSERV Features:
    • Control the character and behavior of their list(s).
    • Allow subscribers to alter their subscription settings, or owners to alter them on the subscriber’s behalf.
    • Distribute email to all list subscribers
    • Save list messages in a searchable archive
    • Report on the activity of mailing lists.
  • Instructional uses of electronic mail lists at Miami University include:
    • Distributing course syllabi, lecture notes, assignment information, and schedule changes
    • Facilitating dialog between students and instructors between class sessions
    • Discussing class lectures
  • Research uses include:
    • Communicating among project team members across the University and around the world
    • Disseminating and discussing research methodologies and results
    • Facilitating discipline- and interest-specific discussions
  • Administrative uses include:
    • Distributing news across the University and within specific departments, committees and other groups
    • Facilitating group- and interest-specific discussions
  • Miami University also uses email list management software such as Mail Chimp and Constant Contact

Who may use it?

  • Students, faculty, and, staff

Cost

  • No

How do I get started?

  • Click on the green LISTSERV button. on this page

Updated: 6/25/15