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Blackboard Mobile Apps

The Blackboard Mobile apps bring interactive teaching and learning to the mobile device, giving students and teachers instant access to their courses, content, and communities anywhere. The suite of apps includes Bb Student, Bb Grader, and Bb Instructor (coming July 2017)

The Bb Student app for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices provides an intuitive way for students to interact with courses, content, instructors, and othe students.

The Bb Grader app for iPad (mini, Air, 2, 3, or 4) provides faculty with a portable solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student assignments and portfolios for Blackboard Learn courses - when and where you have time.

The Bb Instructor app (coming July 2017) provides faculty with a convenient way to access course materials, post announcements, and participate in discussions from whenever and wherever. In the meantime, faculty should continue using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.

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Getting started with Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn will only be available in the Google and Apple app stores until August 1, 2017, and will only be supported until August 31, 2017. After that time, mobile devices may not run the apps correctly, depending on the age of the device and the operating system version. By August 31, 2017, Blackboard recommends transitioning to the Bb Instructor app, which will be released in July.

The Blackboard Mobile Learn application can be downloaded from the following locations:

Then, after launching the app on your device, search for "Northern Illinois University" and enter your NIU AccountID and password to securely login and begin accessing your Blackboard courses.

Features and limitations of Blackboard Mobile Learn

While the app does offer a native environment for accessing Blackboard course content on a mobile device, the underlying technology of whichever mobile device being used may limit the Blackboard features that can be accessed from the app. The following features likely will not work properly when accessed from the app and therefore should only be used when accessing from a full browser on a computer:

  • adding new content to a course
  • building tests, quizzes, and surveys
  • submitting tests, quizzes, and surveys
  • submitting assignments
  • grading assignments
  • adjusting Grade Center options
  • participating in chat or synchronous sessions via Blackboard Collaborate
  • viewing any Flash-based instructional content or movies

As Blackboard Mobile Learn apps for additional mobile platforms are announced and made available, details will be updated here.

Last Updated: 6/6/2017