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
  • Create and upload course content
  • Participate in discussions
  • Send announcements
  • Interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate
  • Grade assignments and update assessment settings
  • Change item settings for assessments and other content

Blackboard Instructor works with both Original and Ultra courses.

Landing page

After you log in, the default initial screen is the activity stream. If your institution is able to set a landing page for Blackboard Learn, such as the course list, the app matches that setting. If the landing page is set to the institution page, the activity stream shows instead because institution pages aren't available in the app.

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


Select Courses to see all of your current courses where you're enrolled as an instructor, teaching assistant, course builder, or another custom role. Tap a course card to access a course.

More on the course list

    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


    Use the menu at the bottom of the app 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.

    Bottom menu visible with the more options menu open.


    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.

    More on Collaborate

    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.