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Supported Course Content in Bb Student

Will my course content display in Bb Student?

Refer to this information to find out your Blackboard Learn course content is supported in the Bb Student app. You can create your content with mobile in mind so that students have the best mobile experience.

Content types

Content types that are natively supported show within the Bb Student app instead of launching in a web page. Natively supported features provide students the best experience in Bb Student.

Content types that aren't natively supported launch in Bb Student's in-app browser rather than in the device's browser. This makes navigating backward in the app easier for students. For example, a test that isn't mobile compatible opens in a browser view within the app rather than in a separate ChromeTM or Safari® app.

Supported Content Types in Bb Student
Content Type Support

Item

Native support. Descriptions aren't displayed. File attachments in items are supported, but the types supported depend on the device operating system.

Files

Native support. Descriptions aren't displayed. File types supported depend on the device operating system.

Audio

Native support. Descriptions aren't displayed. File types supported depend on the device operating system.

Image

Native support. Descriptions aren't displayed. File types supported depend on the device operating system.

Video

Native support. Descriptions aren't displayed. File types supported depend on the device operating system.

Content Folder

Native support. Text descriptions in folders are supported, but rich text formatting and HTML aren't supported.

Module Page

No native support. Module pages launch in a web page.

Blank Page

No native support. Blank pages launch in a web page.

Tests

Native support. Tests that contain question types or settings that aren't mobile compatible launch in a web page, but this isn't an officially supported method for submission. We recommended a traditional web browser for tests that launch in a web page.

Bb Student compatible tests

Surveys

No native support. Surveys launch in a web page, but this isn't an officially supported method for submission. We recommended a traditional web browser for surveys.

Assignments

Native support.

Assignments in Bb Student

Discussions Native support.

Discussions in Bb Student

Calendar Partial support. Bb Student doesn't have a calendar page, but students can access Due Dates and the Activity Stream in the base navigation to see information aggregated across all of their courses.

Due Dates in Bb Student

Blogs

Wikis

Journals

No native support. These tools launch in a web page.

Push Notifications

Native support.

Push notifications in Bb Student

Announcements

The Announcements tool isn't supported natively within the app, but announcements are aggregated in Bb Student's activity stream. Users can’t access the Announcements tool in the same way as Blackboard Learn in a web browser.

When a student dismisses a course announcement it is no longer accessible in the app on any device. When a student dismisses a system announcement, it's no longer accessible in the app on the specific device where the student dismissed the system announcement. In the activity stream, Announcements support plain text only. Rich text isn’t supported.

Course Links

Native support. Content types that are supported natively will also launch natively when accessed from a course link.

Web Links

Native support. Functionality of the target website may be impacted by the device operating system and limitations of the in-app browser.

Learning Modules

Partial support. Learning modules have partial functionality in Bb Student. Users can’t see the module table of contents like they can in a web browser. Contents are listed similarly to a content folder.

Lesson Plans

Native support. Contents are listed similarly to a content folder.

Syllabus

No native support. The syllabus content type launches in a web page.

SCORM

No native support. Content may launch in a web page, but this is not a supported method for completing SCORM content.

LTI Tools

Partial support. The link launches in the in-app browser and there is infrastructure in place to maintain the user’s session in the launch. However, the in-app browser may not support all required technologies to handle the content as expected.

We do not guarantee third-party tools, including building blocks or Blackboard Learn customizations, will function as desired in Bb Student.

Grades

Native support.

Grades in Bb Student

Partner Cloud Tools

No native support. Partner cloud integration tools launch in the in-app browser. Functionality may be limited by the technology requirements of the third-party content and the device operating system.

Course Tools Page

No native support. The course tools page contains links to each available tool type in a course. Course menu links to the course tools page don’t appear in the app. Any course link navigation the course tools page will launch in the in-app browser.
Localization Native support.

Localization in Bb Student

Course Messages No native support. Course Messages are not displayed in any form by the app or its notifications.

Content editor features

Bb Student supports various HTML and CSS features from the Blackboard Learn content editor across iOS, Android, and Windows platforms. Here are some commonly used tags and styles that are supported:

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Underline
  • Strikethrough
  • Links
  • Paragraphs
  • Div
  • &nbsp (non breaking space)
  • Superscript
  • Subscript
  • Font style
  • Text size
  • Bulleted lists
  • Numerical bulleted lists
  • Background color (text highlighting in content editor)
  • Alignment: left, middle, and right
  • Tabbed content
  • Horizontal rules
  • Tables (TR/TD)
  • iFrames have limited support
  • Images: embedded images are fully supported to display inline
  • HTML 5 video: Embedded videos in iFrames from Vimeo or Youtube are supported. Controls are limited and vary by platform. iOS has full support. Android plays the video but the player controls aren't supported yet.
  • Limited Mashup support for embedded items

To be absolutely sure your formatting doesn’t change when viewed in Bb Student, use an attachment such as PPT, DOC, or PDF.


Adaptive release and review status

Bb Student does not currently support the Mark Reviewed feature. Students need to access a course in their desktop web browsers to use this feature if you made it available for a content item.

Bb Student does support adaptive release of content, where instructors can release content only to students who meet certain criteria. The criteria are date, grade, or student membership in a group or list created by the instructor.

Release Content


Embedded media and mashups

Flickr®, Slideshare, YouTube™ and other mashup tools work best when added as an embedded mashup within the content editor.

  1. From the Build Content menu, select Item. Do not select from the Mashups section of the menu.
  2. Use the Mashups feature in the content editor.

Kaltura media isn't supported at this time.

Media files embedded within attached files don't work. For example, an mp4 attachment works, an html attachment works, but embedding the mp4 reference within an html file attachment won't work.

Other third-party video services produce inconsistent results depending on formatting.

File packages that use index.html with an asset file bundle aren't supported.


Tests

Tests are natively supported in Bb Student. A test must contain only mobile compatible question types and settings in order to open natively in Bb Student. Tests that are not mobile compatible open in the in-app browser instead of the app. Tests that are not natively supported in the app must be completed in a desktop browser.

Question types

Bb Student supports these mobile compatible test question types:

  • True/False
  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer
  • Essay
  • Either/Or

Additional question types are available in the edit canvas of a mobile compatible test, but only the types listed here function correctly in Bb Student. Inclusion of other question types will cause the test to launch in the in-app browser, which is not the recommended method for completing the test. Students should take tests that are not mobile in a desktop browser.

Settings

These test settings are not mobile compatible:

  • One at a Time
  • Prohibit Backtracking
  • Randomize Questions
  • Question Sets or Random Blocks
  • IP Filtering

Settings that are not mobile compatible cause a test that contains only mobile compatible questions to launch in the in-app browser instead of natively in Bb Student.

Display

Test descriptions are not displayed, but instructions are displayed.


Assignments

Assignments are natively supported in Bb Student. Assignment descriptions are not displayed, but instructions are displayed.

File attachments are supported. File types supported depend on the device operating system. There is a file size limit of 15 MB for submissions to assignments.

Integration with cloud storage allows students to upload files from their cloud storage accounts for assignments.

How students use cloud file storage


Discussions

Discussions are natively supported in Bb Student. Actions that are supported in Bb Student include:

  • Forum description
  • Max possible grade and rubric for a forum
  • View and create threads *
  • Reply to threads *
  • Reply to replies *
  • View instructor feedback and grades for forums
  • View file attachments to posts; file support depends on device operating system
  • Edit post; if enabled by instructor in the forum
  • Delete post; if enabled by instructor in the forum

*includes anonymous posts

Discussion actions that are not supported in Bb Student at this time:

  • Add attachment
  • Edit thread
  • Delete thread
  • Mark as read for thread, post, reply
  • Show unread count
  • Add tags or flag
  • Updates appear on activity stream
  • Discussion due dates appear in due dates
  • Subscribe to a thread

Push notifications

Push notifications pop up on student's devices for upcoming tests, past due tests, and new grades.

Push notifications aren't available for assignments at this time. Assignments do show in the app's Activity Stream and in Due Dates if you set due dates for them.

Students can change notifications by logging in to their Blackboard web account on a computer.

If you have students who previously used the older Mobile Learn app, they might be used to push notifications for new announcements, courses, and content. These push notifications are not available in Bb Student, but these events are indicated in the app in alternative ways.

  • Announcements show in the activity stream.
  • New courses show in the Courses list when they are made available.
  • New content is shown in the activity stream and marked New within the course.

Due dates

The Due Dates page in Bb Student's base navigation is unique to the app. It aggregates due dates from tests and assignments across all of a student's courses.

Content items with due dates that appear in on the Due Dates page:

  • Tests
  • Assignments

Content items with due dates that do not appear in on the Due Dates page:

  • Discussion Forums
  • Blogs/Journals/Wikis
  • SCORM
  • LTI tools (3rd party)
  • Surveys

The Due Dates feature pulls information from Blackboard Learn's calendar tool, so your school must have the Calendar building block installed.


Grades

Grades are natively supported in Bb Student. Students can view overall course grades and individual item grades with instructor feedback.

Hidden grade columns are supported. Grade Center columns that are hidden from students do not display to students in a web browser or in Bb Student.

Grade information not available in Bb Student at this time:

  • Calculated columns
  • Files attached to feedback
  • Inline grading comments (Crocodoc)

*Statements regarding our product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent our current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to our customers.


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