Blackboard Learn Mobile

Blackboard is ending support for their original Mobile Learn app on August 31, 2017.  They have already released the Bb Student app to replace it.  They plan to release the Bb Instructor app in July 2017.  On August 1, 2017, the Mobile Learn app will be removed from app stores.  If you already have that app on your mobile device, it will still work but the company will not be updating or supporting it after August 31, 2017.

Students should install the Bb Student app now and start using it instead of the Mobile app.  Faculty can install the Bb Instructor app starting in July.

mobile-devicesYou can access your Oregon Tech Blackboard classes on your mobile device by downloading the app from your app store. The mobile app will work on any Android device, BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad. Here are the steps to set up the app:

  1. Go the the app store on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, or BlackBerry device. Search for "Bb Student." Install the app on your device.  (Faculty should look for Bb Instructor instead.)
  2. Open the app and a search box will be displayed. Type "Oregon Institute of Technology" in the box. It will display the school's name before you even finish typing the name. Click the school's name to select it.
  3. A message will display.  Click the "Web Login" button.  Type your username and password (your username is your: firstname.lastname). Click the "Login" button.
  4. The app opens in a page labeled "Activity Stream."  Click the icon in the top corner to see a menu.  Click "Courses" to see your list of classes. Click the name of one of them to open the class.
  5. Explore your classes to see what type of information is available in each class and how it displays. Note that some material may not be viewable on your mobile device. Do NOT rely only on your mobile device for accessing your Blackboard class. You can use it for on-the-go access, but you will need a full computer to use with Blackboard on a daily basis.
  6. The next time you open the app, you shouldn't have to select your school again or enter your login information unless the app was recently updated.

You can also use any browser you have installed on your mobile device, such as Firefox or Safari, to log into Blackboard the same way as if you were on a full sized computer.  Mobile browsers aren't supported by Blackboard though so some things may not work on them that would work on a regular computer.

Warning to Students: If the term hasn't started, you will not see your classes yet. Just like the full version of Blackboard, you will have access to your classes on the first day of the term.


Warnings:

** Some class material may not be accessible on your mobile device. Do not rely only on your mobile device to access your Blackboard class. You will need a full computer to participate in your Blackboard class.

** Do NOT take tests using a mobile device. Some tests will not even open on a mobile device. Some tests have detailed images that would be impossible to view on a small mobile device. Even if you were successful in opening a test on your mobile device, a wireless connection is more likely to drop in the middle of a test and kick you out. You should always use a computer that is physically plugged into an internet connection for the most reliable service. Even a laptop should be plugged in rather than using a wireless internet connection.

** Oregon Tech does not provide technical support for setting up or troubleshooting the Blackboard Learn mobile apps on your mobile device. We will ensure that the mobile program is working on our end, but each person is responsible for configuring their device. Oregon Tech does not guarantee that the app will indeed work with all of the above devices.

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