Within the app, you can view the folders, documents, assessments, and other items you added in the web browser view of the course. You can preview items in the app to be sure they appear as you intend on mobile devices, but you must create items in Blackboard Learn on a web browser. You can change some settings for course items.

Students can view all course content and are able to complete assessments in the Blackboard app for students.

Items indicate if they are hidden from students or not available to students. You can preview hidden or unavailable content in Blackboard Instructor, but students don't see this content in the student app.

Export files

When you open an attached file 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.

Supported content

When you add documents in the web browser view of a course, be sure the file types are supported by the mobile apps.

More on compatible file types

Most of your course content will display natively in the app. Content that isn't supported generally opens in the in-app web browser. Preview your content and assessments in Blackboard Instructor or obtain a student login to preview content in the Blackboard app for students.

More on supported course content

Original courses

Discussions. Discussions are best accessed from the Course Overview. If you have 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. When students tap a discussion link in Course Content, they're directed to a web view of the discussion outside of the app.

More on discussions in the app

Course menu tool links. Some Original 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 app doesn't currently support the Mark Reviewed feature. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature.

Learning modules. Learning modules have partial functionality in the mobile apps. Users can't see the module table of contents like they can in a desktop web browser. Contents are listed similar to a content folder.

Ultra courses

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

Activity stream. Most activity stream information is represented on the app's Course Overview. However, the activity stream itself isn't available in the Blackboard Instructor app. The Blackboard app for students does include the activity stream.

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

Learning modules

A learning module is a container for organized collections of content. You can view learning modules and edit some settings in the app, but you create them in the web browser view of your course. You can require students to complete the content in a sequence or allow students to explore the content in any order.

For Ultra courses in the Blackboard Instructor app, you see the same learning module interface that students see in the Blackboard app.

  • If you required students to view the content in a sequence, SEQUENCE ON displays. If sequence isn't required, this indicator doesn't show.
  • Learning module progress isn't tracked in the app for instructors.

Edit learning module settings

For Ultra learning modules in Blackboard Instructor, you can edit the title, visibility, and description. You can also delete Ultra learning modules. To make further changes, access your course on a web browser. Item settings for learning modules aren't available for Original courses.

Student view of learning modules in Blackboard app

To view a learning module exactly as a student sees it, install the Blackboard app and create a mock student login.

Learn more about the student view in Blackboard app learning modules

Edit content settings in the app

You create all course content in the web browser view of your course, not in Blackboard Instructor. In the app, you can change some settings or delete items. Changes you make in the app are reflected in the web browser view of your course.

  1. Navigate to a course item and select it.
  2. You'll access Settings one of these ways:
    • Tap the gear icon at the top of the screen.
    • Tap the three dots at the top of the screen and select Settings.
  3. Make your changes and Save.

For Ultra courses, some content types include an EDIT ON WEB link to open a mobile browser on your device to edit additional settings.

Settings

Settings that can be managed in the app vary with the content type. You can change additional settings in the web browser view of your course.

This table describes which content types have settings management in the Blackboard Instructor app.

Supported Content Types in Blackboard apps
Content Type Settings Management

Tests

Assignments

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original
: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions or maximum points. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

More on test and assignment settings in Blackboard Instructor

Discussions Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: No settings.

More on discussion settings in Blackboard Instructor

Documents

Items

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original
: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Link

Web Link

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original
: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Folder Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original
: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Learning Module Ultra: Settings available in app. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

Original: No settings.
SCORM Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: No settings.
File Ultra: Settings available in app for Documents with uploaded files.

Original: Settings available in app for content created with the Build Content menu > File. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

Audio

Video

Images

Ultra: Settings available in app for Documents with uploaded audio, video, or image content.

Original: No settings. Settings will be available* with Blackboard Learn 3800.15 and in an upcoming update for non-SaaS clients.

Statements about future development

*Statements regarding our product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent our current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to our customers.