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Compare Bb Student and Mobile Learn

What's the difference?

Bb Student is the newest Blackboard mobile application. Designed for students, its modern design helps you efficiently complete coursework. We are continually improving Bb Student and adding features.

Mobile Learn is the original app for viewing your Blackboard Learn courses on mobile devices. Both instructors and students can use Mobile Learn.

Use the table and the feature comparisons to decide if you are ready to go mobile with Bb Student.

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Comparison of Bb Student and Mobile Learn Apps
App Feature Bb Student Mobile Learn
Functionality for students Yes Yes
Functionality for instructors   Yes
Optimized for mobile Yes  
Monthly updates Yes  
Activity stream Yes  
Video conferencing Yes  
Time stamp Yes  
Due dates Yes  
Access to assignments and feedback Yes  
Support for 30 languages Yes  
Google Drive™, OneDrive®, and Dropbox Yes  
Profile Yes  
Consolidated grades Yes  
Full HTML content support Yes  
Take tests and quizzes Yes Yes
View past, present, and future courses Yes Yes
Discussions Yes Yes
Push notifications Yes Yes
Groups   Yes
Blogs and journals   Yes
Organizations   Yes
Modify course name, color, position   Yes

Activity stream

Bb Student

The Activity Stream is the first page you see in the app. The stream shows new announcements, course content, tests, assignments, discussions, grades, and what's due. It prioritizes events and activities across all of your courses so that the most important items catch your attention first. Tap a stream item to go directly to the content or activity.

Mobile Learn

After logging in, you see your course list first. You can then navigate to the Dashboard to see new announcements, content items, assessments, and grades in in the order they were added to your courses. The Dashboard doesn't include due dates or prioritize items.


Course list

Bb Student

Courses provides a timeline of all of your courses and information. You can swipe to view past and upcoming terms. You can hide current courses that you don't need.

Mobile Learn

Past, present, and future courses appear in one list. You can change the display order and color of courses. You can hide courses. To see if you have hidden courses, tap Edit.


Course homepage

Bb Student

Your content outline is easy to scroll through and is optimized for viewing on your mobile device. Items with upcoming or past due dates are noted with red text. Time stamps show when files were uploaded and when a test, quiz, or assignment is due.

Mobile Learn

The course home page is a smaller view of the desktop version of your course. Features aren't redesigned to work best on your mobile device.


Course content

Bb Student

Bb Student displays content from all of your Blackboard Learn courses including PowerPoints, PDFs, Excel documents, and more. Content presentation is simple, clean, straightforward and fun.

You can quickly navigate between the outline, content, discussions, assignments, tests, and grades.

Mobile Learn

Mobile Learn provides a list of your course's content areas and folders. Open each on to view files, media, and play audio.


Due dates

Bb Student

See upcoming assignments and tests across all of your courses in one place. Work is color coded by course and grouped by day and week. You can quickly see what's due and prioritize your work.

Mobile Learn

Not Available. Mobile Learn doesn't consolidate due dates in one place.


Assignments

Bb Student

Questions, responses, and feedback are all located together in the app. It's easy to see how you did on your coursework.

Mobile Learn

Not Available. When you access an assignment, you view it with an in-app browser instead of within the app.


Tests and quizzes

Bb Student

Bb Student provides tests that are easy to read and navigate. Before taking the test, you can see instructions, number of attempts, due dates, time limits, and whether late submissions are accepted. After submitting, access the test in the same location to see grades and feedback. Tests that contain questions other than multiple choice, true/false, either/or, short answer, and essay are offered in a web page instead of the app.

Mobile Learn

Mobile Learn provides basic functionality that allows students to take mobile compatible tests in the app. Mobile Learn supports the same question types as Bb Student as well as calculated numeric, file response, fill in multiple blanks, and hot spot. Mobile Learn does not support either/or questions. Tests that contain questions or settings that aren't supported in the app open in a web page instead of the app.


Grades

Bb Student

One stop for all of your grades! The Grades page in the base navigation shows you color-coded overall grades for each of your courses. You can tap an overall grade to see its items. Access any item to view feedback and submissions. You can also access grades within an individual course by swiping right.

Mobile Learn

A consolidated grades page isn't available. You can view your grades only if your instructor made the My Grades page available in a course. You must check grades course by course.


Discussions

Bb Student

You can read discussions and reply to your classmates. Each thread displays the number of replies. You can edit or delete your replies if allowed by your instructor. You can view attachments added by users in the web view of Blackboard Learn but can't attach files in discussions at this time.

Mobile Learn

View forums and threads. Reply and attach files from Dropbox or your device. You can sort each thread by all replies or just unread replies.


Collaborate

Bb Student

You can participate in real-time video conferencing on your mobile device with Collaborate with the Ultra experience. You can chat and share a whiteboard and files.

Mobile Learn

Not available.

Blogs and journals

Bb Student

Not available.

Mobile Learn

View and create blogs and journals. Post comments and attach files from Dropbox.


Push notifications

Bb Student

Push notifications pop up on your device for upcoming tests, past due tests, and new grades.

Push notifications aren't available for new assignments, announcements, content items, or courses at this time. Instead, all of these items show in the activity stream. Assignments and tests also show in Due Dates if your instructor set due dates.

You can change notifications by logging in to your Blackboard web account on a computer.

Mobile Learn

The types of push notifications are the same for Mobile Learn and also include new announcements, content items, and courses. In the app, you can turn specific notifications on and off.


Profile

Bb Student

You can change your profile picture if it's allowed by your institution. Currently, you can't modify cloud profile avatars.

Mobile Learn

Not available.


Groups

Bb Student

Not available.

Mobile Learn

Your course groups can be accessed in Mobile Learn.


Users

Bb Student

Designed and developed for students.

Mobile Learn

Students and instructors. Instructors can add basic content items or files and participate in discussions.


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