Course messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within your course and among course members. Although similar to email, you must be logged in to a course to read and send course messages. Using the course messages tool instead of the email tool can also be more reliable. Problems with incorrect or out-of-date student email addresses do not affect course communication.
Course messages are not the same as messages sent using My Blackboard. To learn more, see About Messages.
The What's New module on the My Institution tab and the Home Page notifies you when you receive new course messages.
Both incoming and outgoing messages are saved in the course messages tool. The course messages area has two folders—Inbox and Sent—that you cannot rename or delete. You can delete a message—the action is final and irreversible.
Your institution can choose to allow or not allow users to create personal folders and add file attachments. By default, users may not create personal folders and add file attachments.
On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Course Messages.
For Windows, to select multiple users in a row, press the Shift key and click the first and last names. To select users out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and click each name needed. For Mac systems, press the Command key instead of the Ctrl key. You can also select all course members with the Select All function.
If allowed by your institution, you can create personal folders to help organize your course messages. Personal folders are only for storing messages. Messages received always appear in the Inbox folder. Messages sent always appear in the Sent folder. After a message appears, you can move it into a personal folder.
For Windows, to select multiple users in a row, press the Shift key and click the first and last names. To select users out of sequence, press the Ctrl key and click 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 function.
You can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the course messages tool. You can also customize the name of the link.
The new tool link appears last in the course menu list. Press and drag the arrows icon to move the link into a new position. Access a message's contextual menu to rename, delete, or hide the link from students.