Get Started with Blackboard Planner

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    Planner helps you discover careers, programs, and skills that match your interests.

    Planner is delivered within the Blackboard app for iOS and Android. Users tap Discovery in the Blackboard app menu to access the Planner tool. If Planner isn't available at your school, Discovery doesn't show in the Blackboard app menu.

    Getting started

    The first section asks how busy you are outside of school and how you feel about your major and loans. This information will be shared with your advisor.

    You can change this information later. Return to the base navigation and tap the gear icon. Select Planner Information and then update your selections.

    My interests

    Now we really dive into your motivations and passions so that we can match you with careers, programs, and skills. Swipe through the options and make selections. If you want the tool to make selections for you, tap Surprise me!

    Tap Finish to see career and program suggestions.

    You can revisit your interests later. Tap Update Interests on the Discover page.


    Here's the really interesting part. Tap Discover to explore careers, skills, and majors that match your preferences. You can watch videos of real people telling you about their experiences in a particular field.

    Select a result to see more information about that career or skill:

    • Real-time labor demands for careers and skills in your selected location.
    • Actual job listings and average salaries for careers in your selected location.
    • Related skills, majors, and jobs.


    To make a career, skill, or major a favorite, tap the star. Tap the star again to clear a favorite. Tap the home icon to view a consolidated list of your favorites on the main Discover page.

    Location Preference

    To select a location where you want to explore careers, tap I want to work in or near on the Based on Interests results page. Select Use my location to apply your mobile device's current location. If you take your device to another state, you need to edit your location preference as it does not update your new location automatically. Alternatively, you can select a location from the list.

    Browse Programs

    To browse all of the programs offered at your school, swipe right on the main page to navigate from Discover to Browse Programs. Tap Browse Programs to see the list. Sort the programs alphabetically or by department.

    Tap a program to view its description, average salary, current demand, related skills, careers, and job listings. Browse Programs is similar to the Discover section, but you also see your school's specific course plan for a program.

    Tap the star to select a result as a favorite. Tap the star again to clear a favorite. You can view a consolidated list of your favorites on the main Browse Programs page.

    Contact your advisor

    The app provides contact information for your advisor. Just tap to call or email your advisor when you need some advice.

    Update your interests

    You can revisit the interests you selected at the beginning. Change them as you like. It's all about exploring!