Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Preparing Your Course for Blackboard Mobile Learn

You may or may not be aware that Blackboard has a mobile app, appropriately called Blackboard Mobile Learn. According to Blackboard, students and instructors using Blackboard Learn version 9.1 “can access documents in multiple formats, post announcements, create discussion threads and posts, upload media as attachments to discussion boards and blogs, create content items within the course map, and comment on blogs and journals - all from the mobile devices they love.”

While the Blackboard Mobile Learn app offers a native environment for accessing one’s Bb course content on a mobile device, that mobile device’s underlying technology may limit the Bb features that one can access from the app. Here is a list of features that may not work properly when accessed from the app, and therefore should only be used when accessing one’s course from a computer’s browser:

• 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
• viewing any Flash-based instructional content or movies

You can see that it is very important to plan, choose, and create materials carefully when preparing for a course that may be accessed in this new mobile environment. We can be sure that some of our students will come to expect this sort of mobile access increasingly as the technology improves.

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