Check here for admin-specific info!
This page contains information that is especially relevant to administrators, but may not be applicable to students. For similar information about the instructor app, see What's new for admins in Blackboard Instructor.
Windows app end of life
The Windows version of the Blackboard app will be removed from the Microsoft Store and no longer supported on December 31st, 2019. Please instruct users to install the iOS or Android app.
Windows app EOL details (available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese only)
We improved support for SCORM content and due dates in the app.
- Supported in Blackboard Learn SaaS 3600.0.0+
- SHMH environments require an upcoming B2 update* for full support of the latest improvements. Prior to the B2 update, SCORM content will behave in these ways:
- Graded SCORM is treated as ungraded SCORM
- SCORM items don't show in Due Dates within individual courses
- SCORM items aren't clickable in the main menu's Due Dates for all courses
Custom logo in app navigation
If your Blackboard system has the Ultra experience, your institution's logo displays in the app's navigation panel. Blackboard Learn system administrators can add a navigation logo in the Administrator Panel.
How to add custom logos
Disable grade color display
By default, the Blackboard app shows grades in colors that correspond to grade level. To turn off grading colors in the app, institutions can submit a support request. This change affects only Original courses on systems running either the Original experience or Ultra experience.
The Blackboard support team will manage the grade pill color configuration option for institutions. Clients can create a support ticket to request the change.
Institutions should communicate these necessary updates for students so that they see the grade color change in the app:
- Update to version 4.1+ of the Blackboard app
- Log out of app, search for institution again, and log in
- Blackboard Learn 9.1: Define a web link to institutional data use and privacy
- Blackboard Learn SaaS 3400.5.0: Define a web link to institutional data use and privacy
To attach files to discussion posts, your system requires a scheduled update to the Mobile Building Block that is included in these releases:
- SaaS 3400.5.0 (see SaaS release schedule)
- Q2 2018 CU1 (3400.0.1)
- Q4 2017 CU3 (3300.0.3)
- Q2 2017 CU8 (3200.0.8)
- Q2 2107 CU7 (Mobile B2 94.9.11 upgrade available on BtBb or SU)
Students can download course documents and view them later when they’re offline or don’t have internet access. While the offline content feature works with version Q2 2017 CU3+ we recommend that your institution install one of the minimum supported versions for the offline content feature.
- Q2 2018
- Q4 2018
- Q2 2019
- Blackboard Learn SaaS
Learn more about offline content in the Blackboard app.
Edit the username label
One way to help users log in without problems is to change the username label that shows when they log in to the mobile apps. You can match this label to the term used for the login for mobile apps at your school.
App to app launching
Interested in launching the Blackboard app from your school's app or website? It's possible! We provide a simple way to link into the app from other applications. With deep linking, a uniform resource identifier (URI) links to a specific location within a mobile app rather than simply launching the app. App to app launching is available for the iOS, Android, and Windows versions of the Blackboard app.
For example, a school can link to an assignment or other area in the Blackboard app from a website or mobile app.
Use the provided schemas to link to specific features in the Blackboard app.
Mobile usage data
Ever wanted to know more about how and when users at your school are using the mobile apps? You can use activity accumulator SQL queries for the Blackboard Learn database to obtain activity information for Blackboard mobile usage on hosted Blackboard Learn systems.