The Blackboard app provides an intuitive way for you to interact with courses, content, instructors, and other students.

The Blackboard app shows only the courses where you're enrolled as a student. Instructors use Blackboard Instructor to access their courses instead.

In the Blackboard app, you can perform these tasks:

  • View course items and course announcements
  • Take assignments and tests
  • Participate in discussions
  • Interact with your instructor and class in Blackboard Collaborate
  • Access both Original and Ultra courses

To see what's been added in the latest release, go to What's New in the Blackboard app.

Landing page

After you log in, the default intial screen is the activity stream. If your institution is able to set a landing page for Blackboard Learn, such as the course list, the app matches that setting. If the landing page is set to the institution page, the activity stream shows instead because institution pages aren't available in the app.

Activity stream

See an up-to-the-minute list of important course activity including new content, announcements, and grades. The activity stream automatically prioritizes items to help you focus on the tasks that you want to take care of right away. Tap the menu icon to navigate to your courses and other features.

More on activity stream

Courses and organizations

Select Courses or Organizations in the menu to see all of the courses and organizations where you're enrolled. Tap a course or organization card for access.

More on the course and organization lists


Tap the Menu button from any of the top-level pages to access more tools:

Settings includes these features:

If you are in a course, tap the back arrow until the Menu button appears and tap to reveal the navigation panel.

Course overview

Your courses may look different than they do in a web browser, but you'll easily navigate through your content.From the course list, tap a course card to see its Course Overview. This concise view of your course provides access to these items:

  • Grades
  • Due dates
  • Announcements
  • Course content
  • Discussions
  • Instructors
    • At this time, user roles listed here may not match what you see in the web view of Learn. For example, a Facilitator may be listed as an Instructor in the app. Please reference the web view of a course for correct roles.

Tests and assignments

Tests and assignments are included in Course Content. You can view an assessment's details, complete the attempt, and submit within the app.

More on tests and assignments

More on grades

More on due dates


See the current activity and participate in discussions. Read and reply to posts.

More on discussions


Within each course, read announcements sent by your instructor to keep you motivated and on track.

More on announcements


You can launch Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions from the Blackboard app if a link is provided within a course. You're directed to a web browser to join the session.

More on Collaborate

Push notifications

Timely reminders pop up on your device for announcements, new tests, upcoming or past due tests, new grades, new content items, and new courses. No need to navigate anywhere else—just swipe from the notification to start working.

More on push notifications


Your Blackboard app profile is populated with your Blackboard Learn profile information, including your name and picture.

More on profiles

Offline Content

You can download course files and view them offline when you have limited or no internet connectivity. Your institution might need an update for you to see this feature in the app.

More on offline content


The Blackboard app is available in over 30 languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. See the full list of supported languages in the release notes.

The language of the app comes from your device's operating system, not your Blackboard Learn language preference. Language settings affect the app interface, but not course content.

Designed for mobile

The Blackboard app provides course access tailored to a small screen. Our native mobile app takes advantage of the unique capabilities of mobile devices and helps you complete specific tasks that we optimized for the app. The Blackboard app is available on iOS and Android.

Blackboard Learn, accessed on a web browser, is a robust learning management system with great breadth and depth of functionality. Some features are available only in the web browser view of Blackboard Learn.