ULTRA: Access course messages
Users can view messages for all their courses on one page or for one course at a time.
Messages in base navigation
Users access their global Messages pages from the list where their names appear first—the base navigation. Messages are organized by course. Everyone can use messages for reminders, quick questions, and social interactions.
If your institution allows the dual course approach, users can view messages from both the Ultra and Original Course Views. This information also applies to organizations.
Users can send messages to each other, multiple people, or an entire class. Messages activity remains inside the system, and no one has to worry about email addresses that may be incorrect or outdated.
In the Ultra experience, the course messages tool is always on for your users. You can't turn it off.
You can choose not to allow students to reply to or create messages in their courses.
More on course messages options
Messages in a course
In the Original Course View, instructors can access messages on the Control Panel > Course Tools > Course Messages or from a customized link they add to the course menu. Students can access course messages from the customized link or from the Tools page.
In the Ultra Course View, all users can access messages on the navigation bar. The course Messages page displays all the messages that are specific to the course users are in.
ULTRA: What do users see?
In this short video, learn how to send and read messages.
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Video: Messages in Blackboard Learn shows you how to view and send course messages.
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Force Email Copy for all Messages
When drafting a message, users have had the option to choose “Send an email copy to recipients.” For policy reasons, some institutions may want this choice to always be on by default for all messages.
Administrators can force an email copy to recipients for all messages sent.
- From Overall Message Settings, select the Always send a copy of messages via email check box.