Feature Guide for the Blackboard App

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    The Blackboard app provides an intuitive way for you to interact with courses, content, instructors, and other students.

    The Blackboard app shows only the courses where you're enrolled a student. Instructors use Blackboard Instructor to access their courses instead.

    In the Blackboard app, you can perform these tasks:

    • View course items and course announcements
    • Take assignments and tests
    • Participate in discussions
    • Interact with your instructor and class in Blackboard Collaborate
    • Access both Original and Ultra courses

    To see what's been added in the latest release, go to What's New in the Blackboard app.


    See an up-to-the-minute list of important course activity including new content, announcements, and grades. The activity stream automatically prioritizes items to help you focus on the tasks that you want to take care of right away.

    Your activity stream shows first when you open the app. Tap the menu icon to navigate to your courses and other features.

    More on stream


    Tap the Menu button from Stream to reveal access to these tools:

    Settings includes these features:

    If you are in a course, tap the back arrow until the Menu button appears and tap to reveal the navigation panel.

    Courses and organizations

    Select Courses or Organizations in the menu to see all of the courses and organizations where you're enrolled. Tap a course or organization card for access.

    More on the course and organization lists

    Course overview

    From the course list, tap a course card to see its Course Overview. This concise view of your course provides access to these items:

    You can also view a list of instructors and send email to them. Your courses may look different than they do in a web browser, but you'll easily navigate through your content.

    Tests and assignments

    Tests and assignments are included in Course Content. You can view an assessment's details, complete the attempt, and submit within the app.

    More on tests and assignments

    More on grades

    More on due dates


    See the current activity and participate in discussions. Read and reply to posts.

    More on discussions


    Within each course, read announcements sent by your instructor to keep you motivated and on track.

    More on announcements


    The Blackboard app includes Collaborate with the Ultra experience for synchronous web conferencing on your mobile device.

    When you tap a Collaborate link on your mobile device, the Blackboard app takes you to the session.

    More on Collaborate

    Push notifications

    Timely reminders pop up on your device for announcements, new tests, upcoming or past due tests, new grades, new content items, and new courses. No need to navigate anywhere else—just swipe from the notification to start working.

    More on push notifications


    Your Blackboard app profile is populated with your Blackboard Learn cloud profile information, including your name and picture.

    More on profiles

    Offline Content

    You can download course files and view them offline when you have limited or no internet connectivity. Your institution might need an update for you to see this feature in the app.

    More on offline content


    Blackboard Planner helps you discover careers, programs, skills that match your interests.

    If your school makes Blackboard Planner available to you, Discovery shows in the navigation panel in the Blackboard app. If you don't see Discovery in the navigation panel, then Planner isn't available at your school.

    More on Blackboard Planner


    The Blackboard app is available in over 30 languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. See the full list of supported languages in the release notes.

    The language of the app comes from your device's operating system, not your Blackboard Learn language preference. Language settings affect the app interface, but not course content.

    Designed for mobile

    The Blackboard app provides course access tailored to a small screen. Our native mobile app takes advantage of the unique capabilities of mobile devices and helps you complete specific tasks that we optimized for the app.

    Blackboard Learn, accessed on a web browser, is a robust learning management system with great breadth and depth of functionality. Some features are available only in the web browser view of Blackboard Learn.