Blackboard Learn App for students
This section is exclusive for students using the Blackboard Learn App. If you are an instructor, please scroll down to the Blackboard Learn App for Instructors section.

 

Within the app, you can view all the folders, documents, and assessments, as well as other items, that are available in the web browser view of the course.

Compatible file types

Most file types that you can view in the web browser view of a course are supported by the Blackboard Learn app. You can view Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and PDF documents.

More compatible file types

Supported course content

Most of your course content displays natively in the app. Content that isn't supported within the app generally opens in the in-app web browser.

More on supported course content

The Blackboard Learn app works as a collaboration between our app software and your school's server. Blackboard can't guarantee that content created by instructors or other users is compatible with this app. Features and functionality may be limited at times if your school hasn't updated the appropriate software or experiences server outages.

If there's an item you can access on the course website, but not in the app, contact your instructor.

Export or print files

When you open a file your instructor uploaded in the app, you can view, export, or print it. When you export, you can select one of the installed applications on your mobile device. For example, you can email the file or save to your cloud storage.

  1. In Course Content, tap a file to open it.
  2. At the top right of the screen, open the menu to see options.
  3. Select Export or Print.

Alternative file formats

Blackboard Ally provides a way for you to generate alternative formats for course content to make it more accessible. If you currently see Ally in the web browser view of your Ultra or Original course, you can use it in the app as well.

When you access a file your instructor uploaded to your course, you can put Ally to work. Ally's alternative formats include HTML, ePub, electronic braille, audio, BeeLine Reader, or a translated version.

For example, do you learn better when you listen to audio or read text? If you'd rather listen, Ally can generate a downloadable MP3 from a document your instructor provided.

  1. In Course Content, tap a file to open it.
  2. At the top right of the screen, open the menu to see options.
  3. Select Alternative Formats. If you don't see this option, the file type isn't compatible with Ally or your institution doesn't have Ally.
  4. Choose the format that meets your needs.
  5. Follow the prompts on your device to open the new format. If you can't open a specific file format on your mobile device, you can download the file and export it to email or another application.

Learn more about each alternative file format

Original View Courses

Most of your Original course content shows in the app as expected. A few items look a bit different in the mobile app.

In the app, Ultra and Original courses look the same. To find out which view a course uses, log in to Blackboard on a web browser and see if you have the Ultra Experience. If you have Ultra, select Courses in the menu to see which courses are designated as Original Course View.

Discussions. Discussions are always available on the Course Overview. If there's 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.

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 Blackboard Learn app doesn't currently support the Mark Reviewed feature. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature if your instructor made it available.

Learning modules. You can view learning module content in the app, but it isn't presented with a table of contents like you see in a desktop web browser. Learning module content is listed similar to a content folder.

Ultra View Courses

Most of your Ultra course content shows in the app as expected. A few items aren't included or look a bit different in the mobile app.

In the app, Ultra and Original courses look the same. To find out which view a course uses, log in to Blackboard on a web browser and see if you have the Ultra Experience. If you have Ultra, select Courses in the menu to see which courses are designated as Original Course View.

Course messages. Messages aren't available in the app. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature.

Course roster. The roster isn't available in the app. Please access the web browser view of your course for this feature.

Learning Modules in Ultra courses

A learning module is a container for organized collections of content. Your instructor may require you to complete the content in a sequence or allow you to explore the content in any order.

For Ultra courses in the app, learning modules clearly show your progress.

  • From Course Content, you can see your progress status for the module.
  • In the module, the progress bar indicates how much of the module you have left to complete.
  • Each item shows if it's ready, started, completed, or locked.
  • Locked items are not available to you. Tap the item to view the requirements to release it. For example, your instructor may require a minimum grade on an item before you progress to the next item.
  • The app doesn't support groups, so if the learning module contains a group assignment or discussion, you'll be directed to access it in the web browser view of your course.

If you're new to learning modules, check out how they work in the web browser view of your Ultra course.

Learn more about Ultra course view learning modules
 

Blackboard Learn App for instructors
This section is exclusive for instructors using the Blackboard Learn App. If you are a student, please scroll up to the Blackboard Learn App for students section.
 

Whatever you can do in Blackboard on a web browser, you can do in the app. What you see in the app is similar to what you see on a web browser.

Items indicate if they are hidden from students or not available to students. You can preview hidden or unavailable content in Blackboard, but students don't see this content in the student app.

Ultra and original course views in the instructor app.

Export files

When you open an attached file in the app, you can view, export, or print it. When you export, you can select one of the installed applications on your mobile device. For example, you can email the file or save to your cloud storage.

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 or obtain a student login to preview content as well.

More on supported course content

Original 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 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 courses

Activity stream. See an up-to-the-minute list of important course activity including new content, announcements, and grades. The activity stream automatically prioritizes items to help you focus on the tasks that you want to take care of right away. Tap the menu icon to navigate to your courses and other features.

More on activity stream

Learning modules

A learning module is a container for organized collections of content. You can require students to complete the content in a sequence or allow students to explore the content in any order.

For Ultra courses, you see the same learning module interface that students see in the Blackboard Learn app.

  • If you require students to view the content in a sequence, SEQUENCE ON displays. If sequence isn't required, this indicator won't show.
  • Learning module progress isn't tracked in the app for instructors.

Edit learning module settings

For Ultra learning modules, you can edit the title, visibility, and description. You can also delete Ultra learning modules. To make further changes, access your course on a web browser. Item settings for learning modules aren't available for Original courses.

Student view of learning modules in Blackboard Learn app

To view a learning module exactly as a student sees it, install the Blackboard Learn app and create a mock student login.

Learn more about the student view in Blackboard Learn app learning modules

Edit content settings in the app

In the app, you can change some settings or delete items. Changes you make in the app are reflected in the web browser view of your course.

  1. Navigate to a course item and select it.
  2. You'll access Settings one of these ways:
    • Tap the gear icon at the top of the screen.
    • Tap the three dots at the top of the screen and select Settings.
  3. Make your changes and Save.

For Ultra courses, some content types include an EDIT ON WEB link to open a mobile browser on your device to edit additional settings.

Settings

Settings that can be managed in the app vary with the content type. You can change additional settings in the web browser view of your course.

This table describes which content types have settings management in the Blackboard Learn app.

Supported Content Types in Blackboard apps
Content Type Settings Management

Tests

Assignments

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions or maximum points. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

More on test and assignment settings in Blackboard Learn App

Discussions Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: No settings.

More on discussion settings in Blackboard Learn App

Documents

Items

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Link

Web Link

Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Folder Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: Settings available in app. You can't edit descriptions. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.
Learning Module Ultra: Settings available in app. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

Original: No settings.
SCORM Ultra: Settings available in app.

Original: No settings.
File Ultra: Settings available in app for Documents with uploaded files.

Original: Settings available in app for content created with the Build Content menu > File. You can edit the title, change the availability, and delete. You can't edit the description. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.

Audio

Video

Images

Ultra: Settings available in app for Documents with uploaded audio, video, or image content.

Original: Settings available in app for content created with the Build Content menu > Audio, Image, or Video. You can edit the title, change the availability, and delete. You can't edit the description. EDIT ON WEB option isn't available.


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