Students can get confused when replying to an instructor's course message. In certain cases, the student may scroll to the bottom of the reply field in order to type their message. This is because there appears to be no space to enter the message:
Instructors could certainly let their students know to first click to left of "----- Original Message ---- " before typing.
However, if Blackboard could include two or three blank lines at the top of the reply field, students would naturally click there and the problem would be avoided:
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