About Blackboard Messages

Blackboard messages are a two-way communication tool intended to serve a function similar to email and / or text messaging.  


The Messages tool is available in both classic- and ultra-style Blackboard course sites. It is more prominently placed in ultra-style course sites, where it replaces the classic-style Send Email tool.

How it Works

  • Messages may be accessed from the Messages link in the main Blackboard menu, from the Messages tab in an ultra-style Blackboard course site, or from the Messages link under Tools in a classic-style course site.
  • Unlike announcements, messages can be initiated by an instructor or a student. Messages can be sent to an individual, multiple individuals, groups, or the entire class roster.
  • Messages also allow for two-way communication (recipients can reply to messages). Unlike Blackboard emails, a student who replies to a Blackboard message replies to all recipients 
  • Blackboard messages do not conceal the recipient list.
  • Messages are sent immediately (you cannot schedule them in advance).
  • If the sender chooses to, an email alert may be sent along with the message. By default, the Blackboard app provides students with a push notification when a message has been received.
  • Messages can only be sent from available (public) course sites.
Messages are only sent to users who are enrolled in a course at the time of sending. If you send a message to "everyone" and someone adds to your course later, they won't get that message. If you want to post something that everyone will see regardless of when they enroll in your course, consider using an Announcement or Document page.