Blackboard Mobile Learn Application

The Blackboard Mobile Learn application is now available for Northeastern. This application allows students and instructors on-the-go access to their courses, content and organizations over WiFi* on a variety of mobile devices including Android, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, BlackBerry, and Palm WebOS smartphones.

See the Blackboard website for links to view the Mobile Learn Device Demos.


Blackboard Mobile Learn offers features for easy viewing of Blackboard content on mobile devices. Some features include: viewing and posting announcements, discussions, blogs, tasks, view roster, and journals. Blackboard Mobile Learn also supports playing embedded media such as videos and music from a course’s Blackboard site. Students can also view grades for assignments on mobile devices using Blackboard Mobile Learn.

Instructor Features**:

  • Create and view announcements
  • Create and view discussion board threads
  • Post comments on students’ blogs and journals
  • View tasks, class roster, and embedded media

Student Features**:

  • View course content for all your available courses
  • View announcements, tasks, class roster, grades, and embedded media
  • Participate in Discussion Board forums
  • Comment on classmates’ blogs and journals

Differences between Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a new and evolving technology, and offers many convenient features right on your mobile device. It’s good to keep in mind that while the app does offer a native environment for accessing Blackboard course content on a mobile device, the underlying technology of whichever mobile device is being used may limit the Blackboard features that can be accessed from the app. Also, since this application is geared more toward student consumption, we recommend that all faculty content creation is done on a full browser on a computer.

The following features will not likely work as expected 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 Wimba Classroom
  • Viewing any Flash-based instructional content or movies

Mobile Learn is a WiFi-only application. It only operates over WiFi, with the exception of Sprint users who can use the app over the Sprint 3G/4G data network as well as over WiFi. WiFi includes the on-campus NUwave and NUwave-Guest networks as well as home and public WiFi (Libraries, coffee shops, etc.).

Get Started

To use Blackboard Mobile, start on the Blackboard Mobile Learn Download App page on the Blackboard website.

After you have installed the application, run it and search for “Northeastern” in the list of schools.

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a mobile application created and maintained by Blackboard. Northeastern will enable connectivity to the application, but has no control of the application’s offerings. The current release allows access to limited features and tools within Blackboard. This application is frequently updated (like any mobile application) and new functionality will be offered as Blackboard improves this service.

*Please note: The Mobile Learn application works over WiFi for all devices, and over the 3G/4G network for Sprint devices.

**Some 3rd party applications (add-ons) in Blackboard may not work on Blackboard Mobile.

You can provide feedback to Blackboard regarding the Mobile Learn app at:

See also the Get Help x4357 > Blackboard Support > Blackboard Mobile Learn page.

Posted in 2011 March IS Newsletter and tagged , .