Blackboard provides two mobile apps to 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 the Blackboard app for students and the Blackboard Instructor app.
The Blackboard app for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices provides an intuitive way for students to interact with courses, content, instructors, and other students.
The Blackboard Instructor app provides faculty with a convenient way to access course materials, post announcements, participate in discussions, and grade student Assignment submissions from whenever and wherever.
The Blackboard Instructor 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.
With Blackboard Instructor, you can perform these tasks:
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:
The browser view of Blackboard is designed to be compatible with mobile devices and resizes the course to fit your mobile device screen. Many course functions will work well from a mobile browser, but others will not. It is not recommended to add new content, build tests or surveys, grade student work, or work with the Grade Center from the mobile browser.
Blackboard Mobile Learn is the legacy mobile application, and can no longer be installed on a mobile device. Support ended on August 31, 2017. After that time, mobile devices may not run Blackboard Mobile Learn correctly, depending on the age of the device and the operating system version. It is recommended to transition to the Blackboard Instructor app.