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Your course discussions look a bit different in the Bb Student app. Spend a few minutes getting familiar with the new look and you'll feel right at home.

Access discussions

To access Discussions, tap a course title and then swipe right or tap the left arrow.

Image showing how to tap a forum to view its threads

  1. Each folder in the list represents a forum and lists the number of threads in it. Tap a folder to view the threads.
  2. Each thread displays the number of replies in it.

You might see a link to discussions on the Course Content screen in the app. This link opens a small version of your desktop web browser view of course discussions. This link shows in the app because it is included in the course menu of the web view of your course. For the best experience in Bb Student, we recommend you access discussions by swiping right to use the app's built-in discussion tool.

Navigate to other areas

Swipe left or right to switch between Course Content, Grades, and Discussions. Swipe down to navigate to a previous area.

Participate in discussions

After selecting a forum, tap Start a thread to begin a new conversation. Type your message. Tap Start now to post it.

Alternatively, tap an existing thread to participate in it. Tap Add reply and then type your message. Tap Add reply again to post your message to the rest of the class.

If you are not allowed to create threads because of settings selected by your instructor, the Start a thread button does not appear.

Edit and delete posts

You can edit or delete your own posts only if your instructor has made those options available to you in the discussion's settings. You cannot edit or delete others' posts. If you post a message in error and the option to delete it is not available to you, contact your instructor.

Tap a discussion post or reply that you authored. The Edit and Delete options appear. If the options are grayed out, your instructor hasn't allowed these functions.

You will be asked to confirm deletion of a post or reply because this action is irreversible. Your instructor determines if you can delete just your post or your post with all replies. If you are allowed to delete your post with replies, all posts are permanently deleted. If you are editing a message, you aren't asked to confirm the action.

Graded discussions

Instructors can choose to grade entire forums or individual threads. Forums and threads can also be ungraded.

When you access a forum that is graded, the maximum score is listed before the description. After your instructor grades a forum, the forum's thread count on the main Discussions page updates to the date and time of grading.

View grades

From Discussions, swipe right to access Grades and view scores for your discussion contributions. Tap the grade to view your posts, instructor feedback, and any available grading criteria.

Grading criteria

If your instructor associated a grading rubric with a forum or thread, you can tap Grading Criteria to see a breakdown of scoring requirements.

Some discussion features available only in web version

A few features are not in the app, but are still available in the web version of Blackboard Learn. For example, log in to Blackboard on your computer if you want to rate posts.

I don't see Discussions in the app

Your school's Blackboard system needs to have the latest mobile update for you to see Discussions in Bb Student. If you don't see Discussions now, your institution likely needs to update Blackboard Learn.

Administrators: To ensure Discussions appear for your school's Bb Student users, update the Mobile Web Services building block. For more information, please see the release notes.


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