Blackboard Instructor 5.3

Date Updated: 25 May 2022

iOS and Android

In this release, we:

  • Fixed an issue where some iOS users couldn't sign in properly.
  • Made some small improvements and squashed few bugs for Android

Blackboard Instructor 5.2.1

Date Updated: 11 May 2022

iOS

In this release, we fixed an issue that prevented some users from being able to login properly.


Blackboard Instructor 5.2.1

Date Updated: 2 May 2022

Android

In this release, we fixed a crash when:

  • Using force to web authentication
  • No terms are associated

Blackboard Instructor 5.2

Date Updated: 25 April 2022

iOS and Android

Mobile devices are a significant part of our lives. From staying in touch with family and friends across the globe to mobile banking, we expect to do almost anything from our mobile phones. For instructors, the same expectations apply to teaching and learning. The Blackboard Instructor app provides instructors with a way to manage courses on a mobile device. We have made improvements to the app to better meet instructor expectations. These updates include improvements to managing course content, grading, and engaging students. The new app uses Responsive Web Design (RWD) for Ultra courses. RWD ensures consistency and reduces the differences between desktop and mobile experiences.

Instructors will now be able to complete the following tasks using the Blackboard Instructor app:

  • course building - including creating and uploading content
  • grading students work - including updating assessment settings
  • communication - including participation in discussions

The enhanced Blackboard Instructor app is the first in a series of planned improvements to our mobile solutions. Stay tuned for more as we move towards a single unified app experience.

Instructors can navigate the base navigation from within the app. The primary navigation controls display the following:

  • Stream
  • Courses
  • Grades
  • More including View Profile, Organizations, Institution, Tools, Messages, Settings, Feedback, Logout. (Calendar access is available from within an Ultra course)

For instructors and administrators: The enhanced Blackboard Instructor app will be available on April 11, 2022, from the iOS and Android app stores. If you have already downloaded the app then it will be automatically updated if you have this choice enabled on your device or will require a manual update if this choice is not selected.

Image 1. Main Blackboard Instructor App Navigation Menu

Main Blackboard Instructor App Navigation Menu

Image 2. Ultra Course view displaying in Responsive Web Design

Ultra Course view displaying in Responsive Web Design

Blackboard Instructor 5.1

Date Updated: 7 March 2022

iOS and Android

In this release, 

  • Point-based and point-range rubrics of Ultra courses are now supported.
  • We fixed a few bugs related to LTI.

Blackboard Instructor 5.0

Date Updated: 11 February 2022

iOS and Android

In this release, we fixed a bug where instructors can now view the list of recordings available in a course.


Blackboard Instructor 4.12

Date Updated: December 15, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve squashed a few bugs and resolved app crashes.


Blackboard Instructor 4.11

Date Updated: November 10, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve made small improvements to Progress Tracking.

We’ve also resolved bugs displaying incorrect rubric criteria.


Blackboard Instructor 4.10.1

Date Updated: October 28, 2021

Android

In this release we’ve fixed an issue of collab sessions not loading within the course.


Blackboard Instructor 4.10

Date Updated: October 20, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve made some small improvements and squashed a few bugs.


Blackboard Instructor 4.9.1

Date Updated: October 7, 2021

Android

In this release we’ve fixed an issue of Collaborate sessions not loading within the course for Android users.


Blackboard Instructor 4.9

Date Updated: September 27, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve improved the app login process for you!

We’ve also made some small improvements and squashed few bugs.

You will need minimum iOS version 12.0 to access the new improvements. 


Blackboard Instructor 4.8.1

Date Updated: September 6, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve squashed some bugs and made some minor improvements.


Blackboard Instructor 4.8

Date Updated: August 30, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve added journals to your courses!

You’ll now be able to:

  • Access journals and be in touch with your students
  • Add rich text and media when composing entries and comments

We’ve also made some small improvements and bug fixes.

Journals are only available for Ultra course view in the Blackboard instructor app. 


Blackboard Instructor 4.7

Date Updated: August 6, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve added progress tracking to your courses!

You’ll now be able to:

  • Enable progress tracking for all your courses

We’ve also made some small improvements and bug fixes.


Blackboard Instructor 4.6

Date Updated: July 26, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release we’ve revamped the discussion board for Ultra courses!

You’ll now be able to:

  • Access group discussions and graded discussions
  • Add rich text and media when composing discussion threads and replies

Blackboard Instructor 4.5

Date Updated: June 23, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release:

  • We’ve made some small improvements and bug fixes.

Blackboard Instructor 4.4

Date Updated: May 26, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release, we’ve added improvements to Collaborate! You’ll now be able to:

  • Access all recordings available in Collaborate
  • Receive reminders for live Collaborate session
  • Manage Collaborate sessions

These functionalities are only available for Ultra courses and requires minimum Learn version 3900.12.0.


Blackboard Instructor 4.3

Date Updated: April 26, 2021

iOS

In this release we’ve fixed:

  • An issue where course pages do not properly load after viewing content
  • A crash when viewing a large number of messages

Android

In this release:

  • We’ve made some small improvements and bug fixes.

Blackboard Instructor 4.2.2

Date Updated: March 31, 2021

iOS

In this release we’ve fixed a crash when opening courses, squashed some small bugs, and made some minor improvements.


Blackboard Instructor 4.2.1

Date Updated: March 31, 2021

Android

In this release we’ve fixed a crash when opening courses, squashed some small bugs, and made some minor improvements.


Blackboard Instructor 4.2

Date Updated: March 8, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release, we’ve added messages to your courses.

You’ll now be able to:

  •  Access all messages from your courses
  •  Add rich text and media when composing messages
  •  Receive push notifications for new messages

We’ve also made some small improvements and bug fixes. 

Minimum Learn Version 3900.2 is required to support Messages on the Blackboard Mobile App. 


Blackboard Instructor 4.1

Date Updated: February 17, 2021

iOS

In this release, we’ve:

  • Fixed a misaligned date/time picker when changing settings in due dates
  • Improved support for content linked in files when offline  

Android

In this release we’ve:

  • Improved support for content linked in files when offline
  • Resolved an issue where discussion board items were not updating after deleting

Blackboard Instructor 4.0.1

Date Updated: February 4, 2021

iOS

In this release, we’ve fixed an issue that resulted in displaying multiple different questions randomly in a Test.  


Blackboard Instructor 4.0

Date Updated: February 1, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release, we’ve improved access to Zoom LTI sessions. 


Blackboard Instructor 3.11.2

Date Updated: January 25, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release, we’ve fixed an issue that resulted in some users being frequently logged out. 


Blackboard Instructor 3.11.1

Date Updated: January 20, 2021

iOS and Android

In this release, we’ve fixed some bugs and made some minor improvements. 


Requirements

Blackboard Instructor App Requirements
Requirement Description
Blackboard Learn Minimum Versions Q4 2018 | Q2 2019 | Q4 2019 or Blackboard Learn SaaS*

*The Blackboard Instructor app functions in a limited capacity on older Blackboard Learn releases. Some features may not be available or fully functional on these releases: October 2014 | Q4 2015 | Q2 2016 | Q4 2016 | Q2 2017 | Q4 2017 | Q2 2018

Mobile Web Services Building Block

Blackboard recommends using version 94.9.12+ of the Mobile Web Services Building Block to ensure the best experience with the Blackboard Instructor app. The Mobile Web Services Building Block must be activated and registered with the Mobile Central Service to use the Blackboard Instructor app. To learn more, see Release Notes for Mobile Web Services (available in English and Spanish only).

Mobile Web Services Building Block 94.9.6 is required for versions prior to Q4 2015.

Device OS

iOS 11+

Android 6+

Please be advised that while the Blackboard app and Blackboard Instructor app can run on Android 6 and above, Google only provides security updates and support for Android 8 and above.

Markets and verticals

Blackboard Instructor is available in all regions, countries, and territories supported by the Google Play and Apple App stores. The app is available to NAHE, ProEd, and K-12 clients for iOS and Android.

Description

Blackboard Instructor is a mobile app that enables instructors to view the course content, grade assignments, connect with students in discussions, and interact with their classes in Blackboard Collaborate. Users see all their current courses where they're enrolled as an instructor, TA, course builder, or another custom role.

    Features

    See the Blackboard Instructor feature guide for a list of tools and capabilities in the app.

    Additional notes for administrators:

    Language support

    The language of the app comes from the device's operating system, not the Blackboard Learn language preference. Language settings affect the app interface, but not course content.

    • Arabic
    • Bulgarian
    • Catalan
    • Czech
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • Finnish
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Irish
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Malay
    • Maori
    • Norwegian
    • Nynorsk
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Portuguese (Portugal)
    • Russian
    • Simplified Chinese
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Traditional Chinese
    • Turkish
    • UK English
    • US English
    • Vietnamese
    • Welsh

    Dependencies

    • Blackboard recommends using version 94.9.12+ of the Mobile Web Services building block to ensure the best experience with Blackboard Instructor. The Mobile Web Services building block must be activated and registered with the Mobile Central Service to use Blackboard Instructor. To learn more, see Release Notes for Mobile Web Services (available in English only).

    • Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS).

    App installation

    Instructors can follow these steps to download and install the Blackboard Instructor app.

      1. From your device, access the appropriate online store.
      2. Search for Blackboard Instructor.
      3. Install the app on your mobile device.
      4. Open Blackboard Instructor and search for the full name of your institution.

        If you’re unable to find your institution, try modifying your search. If your school is part of a larger institution or district, try searching for that name instead.

      5. Log in with your Blackboard Learn username and password. These are the same credentials you use to access your Blackboard courses on a computer.

      Learn more

      If you have questions, please reach out to our Blackboard Technical Support team on Behind the Blackboard (available in English only).


      Statements about future development

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