WiscList is a free email distribution list service available to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and registered student organizations. It is self-serviced and administered using a powerful, secure, and easy-to-use web interface. These lists allow the sending of emails to many people by addressing the email to a single '@lists.wisc.edu' address. For more information, please visit the official WiscList Service website.
WiscList offers specialized services in addition to its general, widely-used listserv service:
The standard WiscList service allows users to communicate with recipients of their choosing. It is accessible, feature-rich, and available for anyone to use.
WiscList Custom helps users generate mailing lists that are automatically populated with members of a requested demographic.
Mass Email is a single-use mass emailing service that provides a mechanism to distribute University- or education-related messages to an audience comprised of UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff.
AdvisorList is an automated system that allows Advisors to personalize multiple email distribution lists based upon their Advisees and Advisee criteria, such as Term, Class, Academic Plan, and Cumulative GPA.
ClassList is an automated system that allows instructors to have email distribution lists generated based upon enrollment in their courses.
Mass Email differs from other WiscList services in that it is intended for one-time use and is completely hands-off. You simply tell us who you want to send to and we take care of the rest. If you need to contact a highly customizable population and you don't intend to send mailings to the same group on a regular basis, Mass Email is the service for you.
With the exception of Mass Email, WiscList services are free to use and offer a range of customization options. The decision tree below can help guide you through the available options. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Who is your target audience?
Should your list be updated automatically?
Is there a specific subset of students, faculty, or staff you're trying to reach?
AdvisorList makes communicating with your students easier by providing you with automatically populated lists of your advisees.
Classlists makes communicating with your students easier by providing you with automatically populated lists of students enrolled in your courses.
This service allows you to send a single email to a specific audience of your choosing. DoIT handles the grunt work, populating your lists (unless you have a file for us), ensuring the mailing is sent successfully, and providing support and assistance with your email campaign.
WiscList is a standard, self-service option that allows you to create a list and maintain its members manually.
This service uses various data sources to provide you with an automatically updated list for internal communications. You can also provide your own contact files, which will allow you to generate your own list membership data and supply us with information to keep your list up to date.
Use this table to understand the different service options that WiscList offers.
|Feature||WiscList||WiscList Custom||Classlist||Advisorlist||Mass Email|
|Schedule meetings and events with list members||✓|
|Send content-rich HTML messages||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Throttle and schedule list||✓||✓|
|Link click-through tracking||✓||✓|
|Customized delivery reports||✓||✓|
|Option to supply your own data||✓||✓||✓|
|Automatically updated membership||✓||✓||✓|
|Supported by DoIT Help Desk||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Request form required||✓||✓||✓||✓|