Most features of Blackboard can be used on a mobile device, particularly on tablets, but the experience is much different than on a laptop or desktop. There is a Blackboard application for both iOS and Android, but it is limited in its functionality and is more suited to small screens and student use. For some tasks, a browser is better, while for Tegrity and Collaborate, you will need to use their respective apps. Fuller documentation is available at:


Suggested Apps (iOS)

  • Blackboard Mobile Learn
  • Tegrity
  • Collaborate
  • GoodReader or File Browser
  • Safari or Dolphin
  • iWorks apps
  • Dropbox - do not put student materials or Grade Center downloads in Dropbox
  • Anyconnect - if working off campus
  • Suggested Apps (Android)
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn
  • Tegrity
  • Collaborate
  • Adobe Acrobat or iAnotate
  • Kingsoft Office
  • Dropbox - do not put student materials or Grade Center downloads in Dropbox
  • Anyconnect - if working off campus


Blackboard settings that facilitate mobile use:

  • Turn off Visual Editor
  • Put Grade Center in Screen Reader Mode


Blackboard Mobile Learn tips

  • If connected to a Dropbox account, files of up to 10MB can be uploaded and attached to items and discussion postings.
  • You cannot access the grade center through Mobile Learn.
  • Use a browser for Grade Center access
  • On iOS, use a WebDAV-enabled app like GoodReader or File Browser to upload and download large files or Grade Center files.


General tips

  • In browsers, you may need to tap next to a button or link to open it. You may also need to press and hold buttons and choose “open” from a pop-up menu.
  • Due to peculiarities to the way Blackboard formats Grade Center download files, most spreadsheet apps on iOS and Android cannot read them. So far as we are aware, the only iOS spreadsheet that can do this is Numbers and the only one on Android is Kingsoft Office.