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You will find email an invaluable tool for maintaining contact with classmates, your instructor, and with other people both on and off campus. Once you have secured your Dana account, you will have access to Webmail, which enables you to receive, compose, send, save, organize, and search your messages, as well as customize your mailer. The following exercises are designed to familiarize you with the fundamental capabilities of the Webmail system. You will be given several tasks to perform, interacting with your instructor and your classmates. These will form the basis for the email system you will use throughout English 105.

How do I access my webmail?

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your dana user name and password.
  3. Change the Server to ""
  4. Click "Log In."


What is e-mail?

An e-mail is a message sent electronically through the Internet. Most of you have sent e-mails in the past, but have you ever thought about the process of composing an e-mail? When composing an e-mail would you make the same decisions were the recipient your best friend or an instructor? Probably not. The following exercise will examine the choices you make - often times subconsciously - when sending an e-mail.

E-mail Exercise

  1. Access Webmail using the directions above.
  2. Click on the Create button (looks like a hand holding a pencil.)
  3. Enter your instructor's e-mail address in the To: line.
  4. Enter "Class E-mail List" in the Subject line.
  5. In the Message section, compose an e-mail to your instructor detailing whether you believe e-mail will cause written letters to disappear completely. Think about the audience for your e-mail: your instructor.
  6. Click Send (looks like a yellow envelope.)

E-mail Discussion Questions

  1. What conscious decisions did you make when considering your audience? Explain.
  2. How would your e-mail differ were the recipient your best friend?
  3. If you spell-checked your e-mail before sending it, did you find more mistakes that in your normal writing, or fewer? If you didn't check for errors, why not?
  4. Webmail doesn't allow you to change the font of your messages. What rhetorical problems are avoided by eliminating the need to choose a font? What problems do you think might be created?



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