Mobile Apps

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You can find information on the various mobile apps available at the University of Toronto here.

Table of Contents

Blackboard

Comparison
Restrictions
Downloads
Best Practices

Announcements
Course Content
Viewing Files
Assessments
Grading
Course Management

Troubleshooting
Known Issues

Lecture Capture

Downloads


iClicker REEF

 

Mobile Apps for Blackboard

The Blackboard mobile applications allows students and instructors to conveniently access course content and receive course notifications on their mobile devices. Blackboard offers a few different mobile applications: Mobile LearnBb Student, and Bb Grader.

UPDATE: During the Fall 2016 term, Blackboard announced that Mobile Learn would not be available from app stores after December 31, 2016. In response to user feedback, Blackboard has decided to extend the availability of Blackboard Mobile Learn. 
 
Mobile Learn will remain available in app stores until Bb Instructor, a new mobile app they are designing for instructors, is released. Blackboard has not indicated a release date for Bb Instructor yet. Instructors and students can continue to use Mobile Learn until further notice. Please check here for updates. Students are encouraged to use Bb Student. 
 

Troubleshooting, support, and technical questions related to Mobile Learn should be sent to the Blackboard Mobile Support team.

 
 

Comparison

You can find a quick chart highlighting the similarities and differences between Mobile LearnBb Student, Bb Grader below. Please find a more detailed comparison on Mobile Learn and Bb Student here.

Feature

Mobile Learn

Bb Student

New!
Bb Grader

Access Availability Everyone
(students, instructors, TA's)
Students only Course staff only
(instructors, TA's)
Notifications
Yes

Yes

No
Announcements
Yes

Yes

No
What's Due
No

Yes

No
Course Materials
Yes

Yes

No
Discussion Board
Yes

Yes

No
Blogs and Journals
Yes

No

No
Assignments
Yes
Not Recommended
(See Restrictions below)

Yes
Not Recommended
(See Restrictions below)

Yes
Grading only
(See Restrictions below)
Tests and Surveys
Yes
Not Recommended
(See Restrictions below)

Yes
Not Recommended
(See Restrictions below)

No
Grades
Yes

Yes

No
Groups
Yes

No

No

 

Restrictions

The mobile applications provide convenient access to your course on the Portal. However, there are a few limitations and restrictions to be aware of:

  • Blackboard mobile apps should not be used for taking assessments including tests, quizzes, surveys, and assignments.
  • Instructors should use a personal computer to upload course files and content, create tests and quizzes, and post grades.
  • Students should understand that My Grades in the Portal allows them early access to preliminary grades, but does not represent their official final marks. As per U of T policy, only ACORN represents official final marks.
  • Some media types and file formats may not display on certain devices.
  • Notifications and course updates may be delayed depending on factors such as your network provider or connectivity.
     

Downloads

You can find the links to download the Blackboard mobile applications below. Once you have download and installed the app, you will need to select University of Toronto as the instutition, and sign in with your UTORid and password to access your courses.
 

Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn Logo

     Android
Google Play Store
iOS
Apple App Store
 
         

Bb Student
Bb Student Logo

  Android
Google Play Store
iOS
Apple App Store
Windows
Download Bb Student from the Microsoft Store
         

Bb Grader
Bb Grader Logo

  Android
Coming Soon!
iOS
Apple App Store
(iPads only)
 

 

Best Practices

The Blackboard mobile applications can help students and instructors stay connected with course activities anytime and anywhere. The mobile apps have limited functionality and are not intended to substitute the use of a personal computer for accessing and managing courses in the Portal.

As an alternative to the mobile applications, the Portal can be accessed natively in mobile web browsers on any device. Some advanced tools and features may be limited when using a mobile browser.

Instructors and TA’s will find that Mobile Learn conveniently supports a variety of common tasks and frequently used functions, and provides a new method for interacting with students. Bb Grader can help instructors and course staff view, grade, and leave feedback for Blackboard Assignments. You can review Blackboard's Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Courses for help with designing your course with mobile in mind. When creating your course content, it is recommended to keep in mind the content types supported by Bb Student.

Students can use Bb Student to perform a range of actions such as viewing announcements, course materials and grades, and participating in discussions forums.
 

Announcements

Instructors can post announcements to their course on the Portal using Mobile Learn. Announcements posted using Mobile Learn will appear in the course immediately, however they cannot be emailed to the students.

Students can use either Mobile Learn or Bb Student to view posted announcements, if the instructor has made the course available.
 

Course Content

Course materials such as PDFs, Word files, and presentations can be viewed on both of the mobile apps. Students and course staff can also access interactive course functions such as submitting discussion threads or commenting on existing posts.

Instructors and TAs can add new materials to their Portal course using Mobile Learn, however it is recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer.

Please note that media and file type support depends on the specific device used. Blackboard maintains a list of file types supported in Bb Student.
 

Assessments

The Blackboard mobile applications should not be used for creating or completing assessments such as Tests, Surveys, or Assignments. Bb Grader is available for course staff for reviewing, grading, and commenting on student submissions. Inline grading may be available within Bb Grader for certain supported file types.

Please note that it is always recommended to use a personal computer for these tasks, rather than the mobile applications.
 

Grading

While grades and feedback can be accessed on both mobile apps, it is University policy that only the Repository of Student Information (ROSI) represents official final marks. Note that students using Blackboard Mobile Learn can only view their numerical grade, not any instructor comments or files associated with that grade. This also applies to the viewing of assignments graded via the Inline Grading commenting and mark-up tool.
 

Course Management

It is recommended that instructors and TAs access the Grade Center and other high stakes functions from a desktop or laptop computer. Mobile browsers may have difficulties presenting the complex navigation and management of the many online course components. For more detailed information on effective use and helpful hints please see Blackboard’s documentation on Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Courses.
 

Troubleshooting

The Blackboard mobile apps are developed and supported by Blackboard, not the University of Toronto. The functionality and the service provided through these apps are provided "as-is".

Most issues can be resolved by uninstalling and reinstalling the app from your mobile device. Additional troubleshooting and questions may have to be directed to your cellular network provider, device manufacturer, or to Blackboard directly:

 

Known Issues

The following links contain a list of issues with the mobile applications that have been reported to Blackboard.

 

Lecture Capture

The TechSmith Fuse mobile app allows anyone to easily record and upload videos from their mobile device. Please refer to the instructions on using TechSmith Fuse here. Best practices for using lecture capture software can be found on the CTSI website.


Downloads

TechSmith Fuse

TechSmith Fuse Logo

     Android
Google Play Store
iOS
Apple App Store
Windows
Download Bb Student from the Microsoft Store

 

iClicker REEF

The iClicker REEF mobile app is not institutionally supported at the University. Please see the iClicker page for more information.