Feature Guide for Blackboard Instructor

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    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.

    Blackboard Instructor works with both Original and Ultra courses.


    After you log in, you see all 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 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 and preview it to see the student experience.

    More on tests and assignments


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

    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, or settings. In Settings, you can log out, access the help site, 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


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

    When you tap a Collaborate link, the Blackboard Instructor app takes you to the session.

    Collaborate isn’t supported for Blackboard Instructor on Windows at this time.

    More on Collaborate


    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.

    Grading: In development

    For mobile grading functionality, you can use the Bb Grader iPad app. Grading workflows are scheduled* to be added into Blackboard Instructor in the coming months.

    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.

    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.