You can use a Blackboard Learn module to help students discover and download the Blackboard app.

You can also create a Blackboard Instructor module for faculty.

Create a Blackboard app module

Add Blackboard App Module

You can provide students an easy way to download the Blackboard app so they can access their courses on mobile devices.

Original experience

In the Blackboard Learn Original Experience, the My Institution tab is a great place to promote the Blackboard app for students. The Blackboard app is designed especially for the student role.

Built-in module

A module called Download Blackboard's Student App Today is included with the latest Blackboard Learn SaaS release and Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 CU1+.

You can make the module available to only users that need the Blackboard app, such as students, so that students and instructors are directed to the appropriate app for their role. You can create a different module for the Blackboard Instructor app set to appear to faculty only.

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Communities section, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Modules.
  3. On the Modules page, locate the Download Blackboard's Student App Today module. You might need to scroll down or advance to the next page.
  4. From the module's menu, select Edit Properties.
  5. Under Availability, select Specific Roles
  6. Under Items to Select, choose a role or multiple roles and select the arrow to move the items to the Selected Items list.
  7. Select Submit to save the module.

This module is available in English only.

Create a module

If you're using a version prior Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 CU1, follow the instructions below to create a module manually.

Step 1: Create a URL module

URL modules display web page content from outside of the system. We've created the module content for quick and easy setup on your end. The table contains recommended settings, but feel free to modify them based on your school's needs.

These instructions are for schools running the Original experience for Blackboard Learn. Tabs and modules aren't available for the Ultra experience.

  1. On the Administrator Panel, in the Communities section, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Modules.
  3. Select Create Module.
  4. Complete the Module Properties page with the recommended settings in the following table.
  5. Select Submit.
URL Module Options and Recommended Settings
Option Recommended Input
Title Example: Download Blackboard’s Student App Today
Hide Title on Module Leave check box clear
Module Type URL
Module Category Student Life
Reference Name Example: blackboard_app_info
Description Example: This module promotes the Blackboard app and provides download links for the Apple and Android stores.
Allow Users to Personalize the Module No
Allow Users to Detach the Modue (Your choice)
System Availability Select Yes only when your school is ready to roll out the Blackboard app.
Available for Use on Course Module Page (Your choice)
Available for Users to Select from Module List (Your choice)
Available to Make this module available to students only.
Allow Asynchronous Loading Select this option
Select Date and Time Restrictions (Your choice)
Add Node This option shows if you're using Institutional Hierarchy for delegated node administrators.
Delegated Administrators This option shows if you're using delegated node administrators.

Step 2: Edit URL information

After you submit the Module Properties page, the Edit URL Information page appears.

  1. Complete the Edit URL Information page with the recommended settings in the following table.
  2. Select Submit.
Edit URL Information Recommended Settings
Option Recommended Input
URL https://help.blackboard.com/Embed/Learn_Anywhere_Blackboard_App
Maximum Hours Cached Default 12 hours
Refresh Cache on Submit Leave check box clear unless otherwise directed

Step 3: Confirm settings

Preview the module to ensure the module appears as expected. Edit the module as necessary.

  1. On the Modules page, locate the new module. You might need to scroll down or advance to the next page.
  2. From the module's menu, select Preview. The preview opens in a new window.
  3. After previewing the module, make changes if needed. From the module's menu, select Edit Properties or Edit Contents.

Step 4: Place module on tab

Now you can specify where you want the module to appear to students.

  1. On the Administrator Panel, under Communities, select Tabs and Modules.
  2. Select Tabs.
  3. Locate the Top Frame Tab that contains the tab where you want your new module to appear.

    Be sure the top frame tab you selected has a status of Available so that students can see it.

  4. From the tab's menu, select Default Content.
  5. From the Select Modules list, locate the module you created.
  6. Select the check boxes for Displayed and Required.
  7. Select Submit.
  8. Select the tab's menu again. Select Default Layout to adjust the position of your module.
  9. Under Other Modules, use the arrows to move your new module to the best position on the page.
  10. Select Submit.

Congratulations, you're done! Log in as a student to be sure the module appears as expected.

More on creating and editing modules

More on top frame tabs

Ultra experience

If your institution has the Ultra experience, you can add a module to the Institution Page to provide students a direct link to download the Blackboard mobile app.

Create institution page module

  1. Log in as administrator.
  2. Select Institution Page in the left navigation.
  3. Select the plus sign in the content area and choose Custom Content.
  4. At the top of the Module Creator screen, type the title Get the Blackboard App.
  5. Select Audience and choose Student from the list.

    It's important to select Student as the audience so that users download the appropriate mobile app. You can create an additional Ultra custom content module for the Blackboard Instructor app for faculty.

  6. In the editor, paste this text:

    Access grades, course content, and more from the Blackboard app on your mobile device. 

    App Store for iOS

    Google Play for Android

  7. Highlight App Store for iOS and select Insert/Edit Link. Paste in this URL:
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/blackboard-app/id950424861?mt=8
  8. Highlight Google Play for Android and select Insert/Edit Link. Paste in this URL:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android.bbstudent&hl=en

You can use the editor functions to add formatting and change the text.


How do I get my school started with mobile?

To get your school started with Blackboard mobile apps, you need to have a Blackboard license that includes mobile device access.

  • After the building block is installed, students simply download the app from the app store, search for their school name, and log in.
  • You can use the Communication and Adoption Toolkit to help spread the word on campus.

More on Getting your school started with mobile

More administrator information for the Blackboard app