Within the app, you can view the folders, documents, assessments, and the other items that you can see in the web browser view of the course.

Compatible file types

Most file types that you can view in the web browser view of a course are supported by the Blackboard app. You can view Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and PDF documents.

More compatible file types

Supported course content

Most of your course content displays natively in the app. Content that isn't supported within the app generally opens in the in-app web browser.

More on supported course content

The Blackboard app works as a collaboration between our app software and your school's server. Blackboard can't guarantee that content created by instructors or other users is compatible with this app. Features and functionality may be limited at times if your school hasn't updated the appropriate software or experiences server outages.

If there's an item you can access on the course website, but not in the app, contact your instructor.

Export or print files

When you open a file your instructor uploaded in the app, you can view, export, or print it. When you export, you can select one of the installed applications on your mobile device. For example, you can email the file or save to your cloud storage.

  1. In Course Content, tap a file to open it.
  2. At the top right of the screen, open the menu to see options.
  3. Select Export or Print.

Alternative file formats

Blackboard Ally provides a way for you to generate alternative formats for course content to make it more accessible. If you currently see Ally in the web browser view of your Ultra or Original course, you can use it in the app as well.

Original courses have Alternative Format options only for single files. Ally options don't appear for files within course content items. Alternative Format options only appear when instructors select Build Content and File. They don't appear when instructors select Build Content and Item. A future update is planned that will expand access of alternative formats to other areas of the Blackboard app.

When you access a file your instructor uploaded to your course, you can put Ally to work. Ally's alternative formats include HTML, ePub, electronic braille, audio, BeeLine Reader, or a translated version.

For example, do you learn better when you listen to audio or read text? If you'd rather listen, Ally can generate a downloadable MP3 from a document your instructor provided.

  1. In Course Content, tap a file to open it.
  2. At the top right of the screen, open the menu to see options.
  3. Select Alternative Formats. If you don't see this option, the file type isn't compatible with Ally or your institution doesn't have Ally.
  4. Choose the format that meets your needs.
  5. Follow the prompts on your device to open the new format.

Learn more about each alternative file format

Original View Courses

Most of your Original course content shows in the app as expected. A few items look a bit different in the mobile app.

In the app, Ultra and Original courses look the same. To find out which view a course uses, log in to Blackboard on a web browser and see if you have the Ultra Experience. If you have Ultra, select Courses in the menu to see which courses are designated as Original Course View.

Discussions. Discussions are always available on the Course Overview. If there's a link to the discussions tool in the course menu in your Original View Course, it shows in Course Content in the app as well.

More on discussions in the app

Course menu tool links. Some Original View Course tools aren't available natively in the app. When you tap a link to one of these tools, you're directed to a web view of the tool.

Mark reviewed. The Blackboard app doesn't currently support the Mark Reviewed feature. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature if your instructor made it available.

Learning modules. You can view learning module content in the app, but it isn't presented with a table of contents like you see in a desktop web browser. Learning module content is listed similar to a content folder.

Ultra View Courses

Most of your Ultra course content shows in the app as expected. A few items aren't included or look a bit different in the mobile app.

In the app, Ultra and Original courses look the same. To find out which view a course uses, log in to Blackboard on a web browser and see if you have the Ultra Experience. If you have Ultra, select Courses in the menu to see which courses are designated as Original Course View.

Course messages. Messages aren't available in the app. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature.

Course roster. The roster isn't available in the app. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature.

Learning Modules in Ultra courses

A learning module is a container for organized collections of content. Your instructor may require you to complete the content in a sequence or allow you to explore the content in any order.

For Ultra courses in the app, learning modules clearly show your progress.

  • From Course Content, you can see your progress status for the module.
  • In the module, the progress bar indicates how much of the module you have left to complete.
  • Each item shows if it's ready, started, completed, or locked.
  • Locked items are not available to you. Tap the item to view the requirements to release it. For example, your instructor may require a minimum grade on an item before you progress to the next item.
  • The app doesn't support groups, so if the learning module contains a group assignment or discussion, you'll be directed to access it in the web browser view of your course.

If you're new to learning modules, check out how they work in the web browser view of your Ultra course.

Learn more about Ultra course view learning modules