Module 5: Writing and Managing Email

Reflecting on last week

My CA 260 Digital Writing class has been learning how to work with html and develop websites through a simple tool like notepad. We are only doing the basics but it has given me very useful knowledge on the way it all works. Plus it is really cool to know how to do something like that because most people don’t. As far as creating my own website, I will definitely leave the hard, creative work up to other people and go through another website like Weebly or Wix to create my own.

Email Filters

In order to use a filter, you much login to your email through a browser. It may be possible through the app on your computer but I personally couldn’t figure it out. Using filters was actually really simple. All you have to do is search the particular group of emails that you want to filter and create a label for them. From there on out, all new emails given that label will be grouped together.

I simply chose to filter every email that contained CA 260 as CA 260- I am so basic. I did this just to test it out and see how I would like it. I will probably have more of an opinion on it when I receive an email or two. If I like it then I will definitely continue to use it because it was so simple to set up.

Email Etiquette

Email etiquette is very important, especially dealing with very educated higher ups like professors and bosses. It is important to be concise and to the point because chances are you are not the only one emailing them. They more than likely go through hundreds on emails on a regular basis so they don’t need to hear the minuscule details.

If I was to write an email to a professor about having to miss class, it would look something like this:

Dr. Sheffield

Hi, I am in your Monday evening class at 3:30. Due to a personal matter I will need to leave class a little early February 19. Just wanted to let you know because I know that can be a bit disruptive.


Lauren Roddam


In an article by David Masters he says practicing empathy is important because “When you do this, you understand their thoughts and feelings.” People like to know that you have their best interest in mind which is why I explained why I thought it was appropriate to email and let her know instead of just getting up and leaving class with no explanation.

Thanks for reading!


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