Feature Guide for the Blackboard App
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 or observer. 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.
Tap the Menu button from Stream to reveal access to these tools:
Settings includes these features:
- Linked accounts for cloud content
- Log out
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.
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.
See the current activity and participate in discussions. Read and reply to posts.
Within each course, read announcements sent by your instructor to keep you motivated and on track.
The Blackboard app includes Collaborate with the Ultra experience for synchronous web conferencing on your mobile device. Your sessions are listed within courses in the app for easy access. You can also join sessions that aren't associated with a course if the moderator provides you a link.
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.
Your Blackboard app profile is populated with your Blackboard Learn cloud profile information, including your name and picture.
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.
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.
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.