Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about messages.
You can view messages in each of your courses. If allowed by your institution, you can also create and reply to messages. Your instructors don't control this setting.
Messages activity remains inside the system. You can't view or send messages outside of your course.
To view the messages for the course you're in, select the Messages link on the course menu or on the Tools page.
Your instructor determines which links appear on the course menu and which tools are available.
If you see a list on the left where your name appears, you can view and send messages for all of your courses on the Messages page.
If you see your name in the top-right corner of the page, you can access new messages for all of your courses. Open the menu next to your name and select the Updates icon. You can view a list of notifications about important events and information in all your courses and organizations.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" video about messages.
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Video: Course Messages shows to access, view, and send messages to members of your course in the Original Course View.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about sending messages.
Everyone can use messages for reminders, quick questions, and social interactions. If your institution allows, you can attach files from your computer to your messages.
Reminder: Your institution may not allow you to create and reply to messages. Your instructors don't control this setting.
On the Compose Message page, select To. A list of all course members appears. In the first box, select the recipients and select the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box.
For Windows, to select multiple recipients in a row, press the Shift key and select the first and last recipients. To select recipients out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and select each name needed. For Macs, press the Command key instead of the Ctrl key. You can also select all course members with the Select All option.
You can use the options in the editor to format the text of your message. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance.
To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.
You can reply to the sender or reply to all if allowed by your institution. The sender and all other recipients of the message are populated in the To: box.
Add other course members to the message as needed. The text of the message is populated with the text of the original message. You may add additional text.
You may only be allowed to read the messages other roles send, such as instructors and teaching assistants.
When your institution enables read-only messages, some options are removed. When you view your messages, the Create Message, Reply, and Forward options won't appear. Your instructors don't control this setting.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about new message alerts.
The What's New module appears on the first page after you log in and on the course Home Page. You're notified when new course messages arrive.
The module reports changes once a day when you first log in. If you want to see new alerts later, select Refresh in the Actions menu.
Your instructor and institution determine which modules appear.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about messages inside a course.
In the list where your name appears, select Messages.
If allowed by your institution, you and your instructors can send messages to each other, multiple people, or an entire class. Messages activity remains inside the system.
This information also applies to organizations.
Don't miss any action. If you have a mix of Original and Ultra courses, you can access messages for both on this page. New messages appear in a bold font.
Access messages across time. You can view messages for current, previous, and future courses. Use the arrows to navigate to another time period.
Jump into your messages. Select a course card to view all new and existing messages in your course. You can delete messages inside of your course.
Ready to share? If allowed by your institution, select the New Message icon in a course card to send a message to one person, multiple people, or a class. In the Ultra Course View, begin typing and recipient names pop up. In the Original Course View, select To. A list of all course members appears. In the first box, select the recipients and select the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box.
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Video: Messages in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience shows you how to view and send course messages.
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In a course, access the Messages page on the navigation bar. All your course messages and responses appear. You can easily scan the entire list and open a message to read all the responses.
Your unread messages appear first in the list. Each message displays the profile picture of the creator. Under the creator's name, you can view how many participants are included or if the message is for the whole class.
- Easily view what's new. A count of messages appears above the list. New responses appear with a bold font.
- Send a message. If allowed by your institution, select the New Message icon to send a message. Send to one person, multiple people, or the entire class.
If you have many messages, select the number of messages you want to see per page to narrow your focus.
- Delete a message. Use the Delete icon to delete a message. If more responses come in, you'll get them. You can't edit or delete individual responses in a message.
- Navigate to another message. Messages open in a panel with all the responses. Use the View Previous Messages and Next Message icons at the top to view the previous or next message in the list.
- Add more people. If allowed by your institution, when you create or respond to a message, select the Add Participants icon to add additional people unless the message was sent to the entire class. The original recipients see a note in the next message that you added new people or the whole class. The new recipients see the message from the point they were added.
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If allowed by your institution, when you select the New Message icon on the Messages page, the New Message panel opens.
Start typing to add recipients. As you type, matching recipient names appear in a menu for easy selection. You can continue to add as many names as you want or send to the whole class.
Lead with the most important info. Messages don't have titles. Recipients need to rely on the first part of your message as they choose what to read. You can use the options in the editor to format the text and embed images and attach files.
In the editor, select the plus icon to view the menu of options. You'll find the option to attach a file. To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a bulleted list.
Send an email copy. You can send an email copy of a course message. Course members may be more likely to see, read, and act on course messages when they receive a copy in their inboxes. Email copies are only delivered if recipients have valid email addresses in their Blackboard Learn profiles. When you select this option, all recipients of the message receive an email copy. Recipients can view your message in their email inboxes, but won't be able to send an email to reply.
Your institution can choose not to allow students to reply to or create messages in their courses. Your instructors don't control this setting.
You may only be allowed to read the messages other roles send, such as instructors and teaching assistants. You also won't be able to forward messages you receive.
In the read-only state, the plus sign to add a message is removed from your global Messages page and the Ultra course Messages page.
When you view an individual Ultra course message, you see a message in the Reply box that states: Replying is disabled for this message.
If allowed by your institution, you can send a message to anyone involved with your course from the roster. Select a profile picture to open the profile card, and select the envelope icon to open the New Message panel. You can add recipients to the message as needed.
Messages you send from the roster also appear on the Messages page.
Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about message alerts.
New messages appear on the global messages page.
Your instructor can choose to send a copy of a course message to your email inbox. You only receive the email copy of a course message when you have a valid email address listed in your profile, so keep your profile up to date!