Chat Window in Blackboard Collaborate

The Chat Window contains the tools that allow instant text messages to be sent by moderators and participants in the Blackboard Collaborate session.


In the Chat window, you have the following options:

  1. View Text Messages
    All text messages are displayed in the Chat Window in the order in which they were sent. By default, the most recently sent messages are displayed at the bottom. You can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll up and view earlier messages from your session. NOTE: If any messages were typed into the Chat window before you entered your Blackboard Collaborate classroom, you will NOT see them. All messages are time-stamped as they are sent (see image below).

    Chat messages

    You can also increase or decrease the font size of the text in the Chat Window via the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the window (see image below).

    Chat font size

  2. Send a Text Message
    To send a text message, type your message and press <Enter>. You can send a private message to another participant in the session by right-clicking (or Ctrl-clicking on a Mac) the participant in the Participants window and selecting “Send a private message”. A new tab for your private chat will appear under the Chat Window (see image below). You can switch back and forth between the public (“Room”) chat and your private chat(s) by clicking the corresponding tab.

    Chat private

    You can also add an emoticon to your chat message by using the emoticon drop-down menu in the text entry line.

    Chat emoticon



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