Posting Blackboard Learn Ultra Announcements & Messages Before a Course is Open to Students (How-to)

The instructions below are for the following scenario: An instructor wants to post an Announcement or Message and simultaneously email students a copy before a course is ready to Open to Students.

  1. Access the course site in Blackboard Learn Ultra from the Courses list.
    1. Note: If your course status is "Course is Private" messages with attachments will incur issues as the attachments have to be viewed via Blackboard Learn Courses and students do not yet have access.  Best practices suggest you do not include attachments.  You may copy and paste the content from a file directly into the message if needed. 
    2. Note: Students will not be able to reply to an emailed copy of a message while the course is still marked Private
  2. To prepare Announcements or Messages:
    1. Instructions for Announcement: From the Details & Actions list, go to Announcements and click Create Announcement.
    2. Instructions for Messages: From the top navigation bar, to to Messages and click (+) to create a new message. 
  3. Complete all the fields: Title (announcements only), Recipients (all course members), and Message (body of text).
    1. Prepare your message to students.
      • NOTE: If you plan to maintain your course status as Private after sending the messageexplain why the course is not accessible to students at this time and when it will become available. This will assist students in understanding your intentions and will likely keep some of them from emailing you asking for access after receiving communications from the course.
      • Sample wording: I briefly opened the course to send this notification. The course site is not available to students and will officially open on [date].
    2. To send a copy as email check the box next to Send an email copy to recipients.
    3. Click the Save/Send button. 
      1. Announcement: You will have to Post Now to complete the actions.

NOTE: If you choose to schedule an announcement, you cannot also send an email copy. 


Article ID: 140601
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