By default, not all course tools are available to instructor or student. These tools can be enabled (and disabled) at will by following these simple steps:
1. From the course control panel, click on Customization and choose Tool Availability.
2. Check or uncheck the boxes for the tools you wish to have available in the course. These tools are accessible to both instructor and student.
3. Click Submit to save your selection.
One tool you may want to consider making unavailable:
Messages: these are not e-mail. In order for you to receive these messages, you have to think to go look at your messages inbox. No alert will be sent to your e-mail. Leaving this available could mean that your students will be sending you messages that you will not see.