Version 5.6

Release date: August 12, 2020

 We made some minor updates and bug fixes in this release for both platforms.

In Ultra courses, we added a newness indicator for Announcements on the course overview. The new announcement is visually indicated on the Announcements page as well.

More on announcements

iOS

We updated the way you access your cloud storage accounts in the app. You no longer need to manage each individual account. Instead, you can access iCloud and other cloud storage through your device’s Files app.

More on cloud storage


Version 5.5

Release date: July 9, 2020

Depending on your institution’s Blackboard Learn configuration, your landing page in the app now matches the web experience. You'll see either the activity stream or course list based on what your institution selected as the default landing page.

iOS

These issues were fixed in this release:

  • Ungraded items weren't shown for Ultra courses
  • 401 error showed when content was opened in some courses
  • Links in feedback weren't working properly
  • Ally alternative format option wasn't available for some course content

Android

These issues were fixed in this release:

  • Ungraded items weren't shown for Ultra courses
  • Links in feedback weren't working properly
  • Ally alternative format option wasn't available for some course content

Version 5.4

Release date: June 15, 2020

iOS

These issues were fixed in this release:

  • Error when users attached files to an assignment from the photo album
  • A content loading issue (401 error) for some users
  • Bottom navigation bar wasn’t visible when users navigated through some content and tools
  • Crash when users with low connectivity opened the activity stream
  • App didn’t display Ally alternative formats option when users accessed content through activity stream or push notifications

Android

These issues were fixed in this release:

  • Some third-party tools were unable to access media on devices
  • Some media didn’t properly load in announcements
  • Made some improvements to the rendering of content and files

Version 5.3.1

Release date: May 12 & 14, 2020

iOS | May 12, 2020

  • Improved app performance in poor network conditions
  • Fixed issue where screen was blank or frozen when users opened notifications
  • Fixed crash that occurred when users navigated through the app in poor network conditions

Android | May 14, 2020

  • Fixed issue where some users had problems loading content and assessments
  • Improved the login authentication speed

Version 5.3

Release date: May 5, 2020

We’re very excited introduce Ally into the Blackboard App! Ally provides a way for you to generate alternative formats for course content. If you currently see Ally in the web browser view of your course, you can now use in the app, too!

For example, do you learn better by listening to audio instead of reading text? We’ve got you covered—Ally can generate a downloadable MP3 from a PDF your instructor provided.

Learn more about alternative file formats in the Blackboard app

iOS

  • Fixed issue where announcement text was cut off on iPads in landscape mode
  • Fixed issue where a blank screen showed after a user put the app into the background and then reopened
  • Fixed crash when a user navigated through the app while offline

Android

  • Fixed issue where text was cut off text in announcements for tablet users in landscape mode
  • Fixed audio playback problem where external audio paused while using the app

Version 5.2.4

Release date: April 24, 2020

iOS

  • Fixed a crash that some users experienced when loading the activity stream

Version 5.2.3

Release date: April 16, 2020

On both iOS and Android, we fixed these bugs:

  • Fixed an issue where users saw an error when trying to open an organization from the grades/marks section
  • Improved the performance when loading grades/marks

iOS

  • Fixed a notification bug that caused users to experience an app freeze when trying to load assignments, tests, and announcements

Version 5.2.2

Release date: April 11, 2020

On both iOS and Android, we fixed an issue where users were frequently logged out and had to log back in. We also fixed various bugs and crashes.

iOS

  • Resolved an issue where the app was not properly loading after being placed in the background and then re-opened.
  • Fixed an issue where notifications resulted in a frozen app when tapped.

Android

  • Fixed a crash for some devices running Android 6.0 or lower.

Version 5.2.1

Release date: April 8, 2020

Android

  • Resolved crashalytics issues.

Version 5.2

Release date: April 6, 2020

We updated announcements with a new look and feel that makes access quicker than ever. We extended the announcements feature to Ultra courses, so now you can view announcements for both Ultra and Original courses.

More on announcements

We also fixed some bugs related to assignment submissions and grades display.


Version 5.1.1

Release date: March 18, 2020

In this release we fixed some bugs including an issue where some users were unable to load grades in their courses.


Version 5.1

Release date: February 27, 2020

We squashed some bugs and made minor improvements.


Version 5.0.1

Release date: February 12, 2020

We squashed some bugs and made minor improvements.


Version 5.0

Release date: January 30, 2020

We updated learning modules for your Ultra courses to give you a better visual indicator of your progress and requirements to view content and assessments.

SaaS administrators can turn off grade pill colors in the administrator panel now.

iOS

  • Issue where iPad users were unable to launch YouTube videos in full screen
  • Crash experienced when some users accepted the terms of use
  • Missing countdown timer on timed tests
  • Incorrect rounding of grades in the course overview
  • Issue where some content was not rendering when downloaded and viewed offline
  • Resolved issue where users were unable to export files to other apps

Android

  • Microsoft Sway links in content that were unresponsive
  • Incorrect rounding of grades in the course overview
  • Crash that occurred when rotating to landscape mode when loading grades

Looking for previous releases?

Check out the Blackboard App release archive