Blackboard App for Students
|Blackboard App is a free mobile and tablet-optimized app for iOS, Android, and Microsoft. This app gives Mason students access to their Blackboard course content on a variety of mobile devices. The first release of Blackboard App includes the ability to access courses, view course content, take tests, participate in discussions, and join Collaborate sessions.|
Getting Started with Blackboard App for Students
- Install the free app. Search for "Blackboard App" from your device's app store, or download using the links below:
Download on your iPhone® or iPod touch®
Note: If you search the App Store from an iPad, be sure to change the iPad Only filter to iPhone Only to find the app.
- Once the app is installed and open on your device, search for "George Mason University"
- Sign in with your Mason Credentials
Activity StreamSee an up-to-the-minute list of important course activity including new content, announcements, and grades. The activity stream automatically prioritizes the items to help you focus on the tasks that you want to take care of right away. Your activity stream lets you know when new course content, assignments, and tests are available and when work is due.
AssignmentsReceive notifications on your mobile device when new grades are posted or to remind you about upcoming and past due tests. Complete and submit assignments on the go by entering text on your mobile device or by uploading files from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive. Blackboard App even allows you to upload photos from your mobile device.
DiscussionsSwipe right to access Discussions and engage with fellow students. You can view available Discussion Boards in your course and start new threads or reply to other students. You might see a link to discussions on the Course Content screen in the app, which will display the desktop web browser view. For the best experience in the Blackboard app, we recommend you access discussions by swiping right to use the app's built-in discussion tool.
GradesView a list of all courses for available terms and get a summary of each course including upcoming assignments, announcements, discussions, and more.
CollaborateThe Blackboard app includes Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience—a synchronous web conferencing solution for high-quality virtual classes and meetings. Instructors can share files and video while interacting with the class. You don't have to install anything extra to join a session.
TestsYou can take tests and submit assignments in the Blackboard app. Any test that includes compatible question types (Multiple Choice, True/False, Either/Or, Short Answer, or Essay) can be taken from within the Blackboard App interface. If a test contains question types that are not mobile compatible, you will directed to a browser view of the test. It's best to take these types of tests on a web browser instead of the app.
When should I use a computer to access my course?
While the app offers a native environment to access your course content, some features can be limited depending on the mobile device being used. The mobile app is not a replacement for a computer browser but it is a way to access and view your course content on the go.
The following features will not function properly and should only be used in a full browser on a computer:Students will not be able to:
- participate in groups, blogs, and journals
- access organizations
- take some tests, quizzes, or surveys
- format text or upload files in discussions
Support and SuggestionsFor help or suggestions, click the Contact Us link above or stop by the Collaborative Learning Hub in Johnson Center 311, (703) 993-3141.