Find out about the latest updates in Blackboard Instructor. Administrators can get more details in the Blackboard Instructor Release Notes.

Version 2.0

Release date: July 5, 2018


The Blackboard Instructor app helps instructors and graders easily identify courses where they need to grade student submissions. They can review, annotate, and grade submissions and quickly publish the grades back to students.

The initial release of the app's grading feature is available for assignments in Original courses only. At this time, your institution needs Blackboard Learn SaaS. Users need devices running Android 4.2+ or iOS 9+.

Tool links

When instructors add tool links to Original courses, such as grades or announcements, users see the tool in the app instead of on a responsive web browser page.

Android enhancements

  • Enhanced support for viewing PDFs in the app
  • Improved pinch and zoom support for embedded documents in iFrames
  • YouTube videos can be viewed full-screen

Version 1.9.1

Release date: May 20, 2018

Schools can provide a link to their institutional terms of use in the app if they are on a version of Learn that supports Blackboard Instructor 1.9.1+ and have properly configured a link to their institution’s terms of use. In the app, the link is found in Settings and at the bottom of the Blackboard Terms of Use acceptance policy shown at login.

Version 1.9

Release date: April 30, 2018

This release includes bug fixes and improvements on iOS and Android.

Version 1.8.1

Release date: April 17, 2018

This hotfix resolves extra padding issue in multiple tools introduced in newer versions of Blackboard Learn.

Version 1.8

Release date: April 2, 2018

Need to add media or files to a discussion while on the go?  You can now attach files from your device or cloud storage to discussion posts. If you don’t see this feature immediately, don’t worry.  We’re working with your institution to make it available.

More on discussions

We made some improvements for users on Android 8.0+.

Version 1.7

Release date: March 1, 2018

Are you on the go and need to conduct a Collaborate Ultra session? Collaborate sessions are now listed inside of your courses! Tap the Collaborate tool, select the session, and instantly join the virtual classroom.

More on collaborating in the app

iPhone X users have an optimized experience in the Blackboard Instructor app.

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Version 1.6

Release date: January 29, 2018

You can now download course files and view them offline when you have limited or no internet connectivity.

User help for the offline content feature

We also fixed some bugs in this release.

Version 1.5

Release date: December 28, 2017

Like the Blackboard app? Be sure to leave a review! This release includes an in-app prompt for optional user reviews. The prompt shows on the Courses list and Organizations list only after users have interacted with the app for a minimum time period. After users leave a review or dismiss the prompt, it doesn't show again.


  • Bug fixes and improvements


  • New discussion indicator: See which posts are new in discussions
  • Various bug fixes

Version 1.4

Release date: November 30, 2017

We added support for organizations! For every organization where you’re a leader, you can access content, create announcements, and moderate discussions.

Educators with custom roles in Blackboard Learn can now access their courses in the app.

Organizations and custom role support require the Mobile Web Services Building Block version 94.9.8.

Blackboard Instructor is now available on Windows devices. Collaborate isn't supported for Blackboard Instructor on Windows at this time.

Version 1.3

Release date: October 31, 2017

Bug fixes on all platforms.

Version 1.2

Release date: October 9, 2017


  • New Discussion Indicator: See which posts are new in discussions
  • Bug fixes


  • New Discussion Indicator: See which posts are new in discussions
  • Resolves issue where some users may have experienced a crash when accessing their courses and assessments
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.1

Release date: September 4, 2017


  • Fixed issue that prevented users from expanding announcements with a large amount of text.
  • Resolved issue where participant count wasn’t updated when Collaborate participants left a session.


  • Resolved crash when loading a course for some users on Android 4.4.x.
  • Fixed issue that prevented printing large text files.

Version 1.0

Release date: July 20, 2017

The initial release of Blackboard Instructor for iOS and Android is optimized for both tablets and phones. These features are included:

  • Access and view course tools and content
  • Preview assignments and tests
  • View and create course level announcements
  • Access discussion boards
  • Collaborate sessions