Blackboard Instructor shows only the courses where you're enrolled as an instructor, TA, course builder, or other custom role. Students use the Blackboard app for students to access their courses instead.

With Blackboard Instructor, you can perform these tasks:

  • Preview course items, assignments, and tests
  • Participate in discussions
  • Send announcements
  • Interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate
  • Grade assignments (Original courses only)
  • Change item settings for assessments and other content

Blackboard Instructor works with both Original and Ultra courses.


After you log in, you see all of your current courses where you're enrolled as an instructor, TA, course builder, or another custom role. Tap a course card to access a course.

More on the course list

Course overview

From the course list, tap a course card for a concise view of these items:

  • Needs Attention (Original courses only) for quick access to assessments that are ready for you to grade or post. Needs attention doesn't show if there are no items waiting for you to grade.
  • Due Dates (Ultra courses only) shows you what's coming up for your students and you can see a preview of the assessment.
  • Grades (Original courses only)
  • Announcements
  • Course content
  • Discussions
  • Instructors
    • At this time, user roles listed here may not match what you see in the web view of Learn. For example, a Facilitator may be listed as an Instructor in the app. Please reference the web view of a course for correct roles.

Your courses may look different than they do in a web browser, but you'll easily navigate through your content.

Due dates

Due Dates show in the course overview for Ultra courses. You can see what's coming up for your students in the next two weeks and you can preview the assessments. Due Dates is replaced by Needs Attention in Original courses.

These content items appear in Due Dates for Ultra courses:

  • Tests
  • Assignments
  • Discussions

These content items do not appear in Due Dates:

  • LTI tools (3rd party)

Tests and assignments

Tests and assignments are included in Course Content. You can view an assessment's details, edit some settings, and preview it to see the student experience.

More on tests and assignments


From the main menu or within a course, you can quickly review, provide feedback, and grade assignment submissions. You can view associated rubrics and attachments. When you're ready, post the grades for students to see.

More on grading


See current activity, participate in discussions, and edit some settings.

More on discussions


Send announcements within individual courses to keep students motivated and on track.

More on announcements


Tap the menu button at the top of the Courses page to access your course list, organization list, grading, or settings. In Settings, you can log out, enable touch or face ID, access help, leave feedback, and read our policies.


Organizations behave like courses and contain tools that enable members to communicate. For every organization where you’re a leader, you can access content, create announcements, and moderate discussions.

More on the organizations list


You can launch Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions from Blackboard Instructor if a link is provided within a course. You're directed to a web browser to join the session.

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Push notifications

Timely reminders pop up on your device for new discussion activity in Ultra courses.

More on push notifications


Blackboard Instructor 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 Instructor 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. The Blackboard Instructor app is available on iOS and Android.

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.

*Statements regarding our product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent our current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to our customers.