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Blackboard: Mobile Learn Application

Introduction

Blackboard Mobile Learn takes interactive teaching and learning to the mobile device, giving students and teachers instant access to their courses, content and organizations anywhere.

Available on the following devices:

  • AndroidTM devices
  • BlackBerry smartphone devices
  • HP webOS devices (Palm devices)
  • iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad


Download Instructions

1. Visit the app stores below according to your devices and install the Blackboard Mobile Learn Application (App). Simply search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn”.

Direct access to Blackboard Mobile Learn App:

QR Code Link
Android Devices
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Google Play Blackboard Mobile Learn
BlackBerry Smartphone Devices
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Blackberry App World Blackboard Mobile Learn
HP webOS Devices (Palm Devices)
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Palm App Catalog Blackboard Mobile Learn
iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
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iTunes App Store Blackboard Mobile Learn


2. Search for “Cal Poly Pomona”.

3. Log in to Blackboard Mobile Learn with your BroncoName and BroncoPassword.

Features

Students will be able to access the following features from their mobile devices; if the features are enabled or used by the Instructors.


Announcements

Students can read announcements on their mobile devices, giving them with instant access to your important messages. Instructors have the ability to create announcements using their mobile device. Just as in the desktop browser version of Blackboard Learn. Note: Only Course Instructors can create announcements using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.

If instructors have an Android or BlackBerry device, they can add an announcement by going to the announcements section of their course, hitting the menu button on their device, and selecting “Add Announcement” in the resulting pop-up menu.

If instructors have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply use the “Add Announcement” button in the Announcements section within the app.


Blogs

Both instructors and students can read, create and comment on blog posts via their mobile devices. Instructors and students also have the ability to upload attachments to blog posts directly from certain mobile devices.

Course Content

Students can quickly see course content, such as syllabus, course materials, assignment instructions, etc.

Discussions

Breaking general discussions into a larger number of more finely-focused discussion threads allows students to easily navigate through discussions both via the desktop browser and mobile app environments. Instructors and students can read, create and comment on discussion posts from their mobile devices.

Instructors and students also have the ability to upload attachments to discussion posts directly via certain mobile devices.

My Grades

Students will have access to all of their grades using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. For the time being, we recommend that instructors continue to access the Grade Center and perform other course-management duties in the Blackboard Learn environment on their desktop or laptop browser.

Journals

Students can view and create journal entries via their mobile devices. Instructors have the ability to view and comment on journal entries from their mobile devices. Please note that journal prompts will not be able to be seen on mobile devices.

Roster

With the class roster, instructors and students can quickly view the class list, which easily facilitates the organization of study groups.

Tasks

Once instructors add tasks into Blackboard Learn using a desktop or laptop browser, instructors and students can update their status via the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.

Mobile-Compatible Tests

Students have the option to take Mobile Tests via their desktop computer or the Blackboard Mobile Learn app using their iOS or Android mobile device.

For step-by-step instructions, see Blackboard's Faculty Guide to Mobile Tests [.pdf]. Note: Images and colors in the guide may vary slightly from your Blackboard Learn course interface.


Limitations

To avoid technical issues, the following actions should be done using a desktop or laptop rather than the Blackboard Mobile Learn application.

For Instructors:

Avoid using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app when...

  • Managing course content such as entering course information or instructions and uploading course documents, etc.

    Note: Always remember that links and attachments embedded within the Visual Editor cannot be viewed from a smartphone or tablet device. Embedding HTML in the item title and description should also be avoided.

  • Managing assessments such as creating assignments, tests, quizzes or surveys.
  • Managing Grade Center such as entering and adjusting grades.


For Students:

Avoid using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app when...

  • Completing assignments, tests and surveys.
  • Viewing flash animation/video, Adobe Presenter presentation and any other audio and videos that require Silverlight and Windows Media player.

    Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, not all media files are accessible via every mobile devices. For example, Flash cannot be viewed on iOS devices.

  • Communicating using a synchronous communication tool such as Virtual Classroom, Chat and Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate).



Resources



Mobile Learn Device Demos