Name: Blackboard 4.1

Date Updated: April 10, 2019

Improvements in this release

    This release includes bug fixes and other minor improvements for iOS and Android.

    Disable grade color display

    By default, the Blackboard app shows grades in colors that correspond to grade level. To turn off grading colors in the app, institutions can submit a support request. This change affects only Original courses on systems running either the Original experience or Ultra experience.

    The Blackboard support team will manage the grade pill color configuration option for institutions. Clients can create a support ticket to request the change.

    Institutions should communicate these necessary updates for students so that they see the grade color change in the app:

    • Update to version 4.1+ of the Blackboard app
    • Log out of app, search for institution again, and log in

    Email disabled

    The ability to email instructors from the app's course outline is disabled to better align with institutional communication policies. Students can email instructors in the web view of Blackboard Learn if their institution has enabled that capability.

    Requirements

    Blackboard App Requirements
    Requirement Description
    Blackboard Learn Minimum Versions Q4 2017 | Q2 2018 | Q4 2018 or Blackboard Learn SaaS*

    *The Blackboard app functions in a limited capacity on older Blackboard Learn releases. Some features may not be available or fully functional on these releases: October 2014 | Q4 2015 | Q2 2016 | Q4 2016 | Q2 2017

    Mobile Web Services Building Block

    Check which Mobile Web Services Building Block version (available in English and Spanish only) is appropriate for your Blackboard Learn implementation.

    Blackboard recommends using version 94.9.5+ of the Mobile Web Services Building Block to ensure the best experience with the Blackboard app. The Mobile Web Services Building Block must be activated and registered with the Mobile Central Service to use the Blackboard app. To learn more, see Release Notes for Mobile Web Services (available in English and Spanish only).

    Mobile Web Services Building Block 94.9.6 is required for versions prior to Q4 2015.

    Device OS iOS 11+

    Android 5+

    Markets and verticals

    The Blackboard app is available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and parts of the Asia pacific region. The app is available to NAHE, ProEd, and K-12 clients for iOS and Android.

    Description

    The Blackboard app is designed especially for students and offers students an intuitive way to view and interact with courses. Students can receive mobile updates about courses, take assignments and tests, participate in discussions, join Collaborate sessions, and view grades.

    The Mobile Web Services Building Block has been updated to provide additional data and functionality for the Blackboard app. To deliver the best user experience for the Blackboard app, we recommend that you update the Mobile Web Services Building Block to Version 94.9.5+.

    Features

    See the Blackboard app feature guide for a list of tools and capabilities in the app.

    Additional notes for administrators:

    Language support

    The language localization of the app is inherited from the device OS language setting, not the Blackboard Learn user language preference. Localization affects the language of the native user interface, but it does not affect course content.

    • Arabic
    • Bulgarian
    • Catalan
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • Finnish
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Irish
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Malay
    • Maori
    • Norwegian
    • Nynorsk
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Portuguese (Portugal)
    • Russian
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Turkish
    • UK English
    • US English
    • Vietnamese
    • Welsh

    Dependencies

    • Blackboard recommends using version 94.9.5+ of the Mobile Web Services Building Block to ensure the best experience with the Blackboard app. The Mobile Web Services Building Block must be activated and registered with the Mobile Central Service to use the Blackboard app. To learn more, see Release Notes for Mobile Web Services (available in English and Spanish only).

    • Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS).

    App installation

    Students can follow these steps to download and install the Blackboard app.

    1. From your device, access the appropriate online store.
    2. Search for Blackboard.
    3. Install the Blackboard app on your mobile device.
    4. Open the Blackboard app and search for the full name of your institution.

      If you’re unable to find your institution, try modifying your search. If your school is part of a larger institution or district, try searching for that name instead.

    5. Log in with your Blackboard Learn username and password. These are typically the same credentials you use to access your Blackboard courses on a computer.

    Learn more

    If you have questions about this update, please reach out to our Client Support team on Behind the Blackboard (available in English only).


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