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.

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 it or print it. You can also tap Open With to export or email the file.

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 view 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 View 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.

Ultra view 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 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.

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