Blackboard Mobile Learn
Find answers about accessing UBlearns from selected mobile
What is the difference between Blackboard Mobile and Blackboard Mobile Learn?
Blackboard Mobile is the platform used to bring UBlearns to
selected mobile devices.
Blackboard Mobile Learn is the app used to access UBlearns from
selected mobile devices.
Who can use Blackboard Mobile Learn?
The Blackboard Mobile Learn app can be used with the following
networks and devices:
- iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone on a Wi-Fi connection
- Android, Blackberry and Palm device via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G
Is there a charge for using Blackboard Mobile Learn?
Through a partnership Blackboard built with Sprint, UB can
provide Blackboard Mobile Learn to our faculty and students with
Android and BlackBerry mobile devices at no cost, and free on a
Wi-Fi-only basis on the Apple iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
You will need a web/data plan through a carrier or a Wi-Fi
connection for Apple devices.
How can I get Blackboard Mobile Learn on my mobile device?
- Visit the App Store, Google Play or BlackBerry App World.
- Search for and install the Blackboard Mobile Learn
- Launch the app and search for University at
- Log in with your UBITName and password.
As a student, what can I do on Blackboard Mobile Learn?
Students can view announcements and class rosters, check
assignments and grades, create discussion threads and posts, and
view or post to blogs and journals. You also can access documents
in multiple formats, as well as view music, videos, and images
uploaded by your instructors (using the appropriate software
specific to the media type).
As an instructor, what can I do on Blackboard Mobile Learn?
You don’t have to do anything differently with your
Blackboard courses for you or your students to use Blackboard
Mobile Learn. Using an eligible mobile device (see above) with the
Blackboard Mobile app installed, you can access all the content
available in your Blackboard courses. In addition, instructors can
post a class Announcement “on the go”, create
discussion threads and posts, and comment on student blogs and
What are the limitations of Blackboard Mobile Learn?
Blackboard Mobile Learn is designed for viewing content, not for
uploading content to Blackboard. Depending on the particular
device, some features will not work correctly, but you can always
access these features using a browser such as Firefox on your
computer. Students should not attempt to submit assignments or take
tests or quizzes in Blackboard Mobile Learn; they should use a
non-mobile Web browser for those purposes.
Some features that may not work correctly on all devices are:
- Flash video
- Java-based video
- Quicktime video
What happens if I try to access Blackboard Mobile Learn from iOS?
- Apple iOS device users (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) will be able
to use the app via Wi-Fi. If not on Wi-Fi, iOS device users will
receive a message saying you need to be connected to Wi-Fi.
If I’m using an Android or Blackberry device, can I download the Blackboard Mobile Learn app?
All Android and BlackBerry users will see the Blackboard Mobile
Learn app listed in BlackBerry AppWorld or Google Play. All
users can download the app.
What happens if I’m using an Apple device (i.e., iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch) to access Blackboard Mobile Learn and move out of range of a Wi-Fi connection?
If you move from using a Wi-Fi connection to a 3G connection,
you will receive an error message stating that the app only works
over Wi-Fi, and you should re-connect via Wi-Fi.
What security measures will ensure my privacy when using Blackboard Mobile Learn?
- Once a device connects with UBlearns servers, the
Blackboard system is out of the communication loop. The connection
is encrypted via SSL.
- Blackboard never saves a user’s credentials on its
- The Save Password option on the mobile device simply allows you
to save login information on the secure storage space within the
application. (This process is akin to the way other mobile
applications save passwords on devices.)
- Blackboard Mobile Learn securely transmits usernames and
passwords over SSL connection.
I heard that FERPA-protected data might be passing through a central service between user devices and my Blackboard Learn installation. Should I be concerned?
You need not be concerned because no FERPA-protected data passes
through a central service.
When you log into Blackboard Mobile Learn, certain information
about you is passed between their mobile device and the Blackboard
Mobile Web Services Building Block installed on UBlearns
server. This works in the same way that user-specific data is
handled on a desktop or laptop computer between a web browser and
our Blackboard Learn server.
Again, no FERPA-protected, user-specific data passes through the
central service that supports Blackboard Mobile Learn.
Where can I find more information about Blackboard Mobile Learn or get assistance?
Support requests for Blackboard Mobile Learn can be sent
See a demo
of how Blackboard Mobile Learn works on eligible mobile