Blackboard Mobile - University of Kansas Medical Center

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CLAY THRELKELD
PHIL WILHAUK
TEACHING & LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER
What is it?
 A dedicated mobile app for accessing the Blackboard
LMS
 Available on Android and iOS (iPad & iPhone)
Android QR Code
iOS QR Code
What is it?
 Completely optional; you can still access Blackboard
through regular web browser
 Cost: $2/year or $6/one-time Individual In-App
License Purchase (requires Wi-Fi connection or Mobile Data
Plan)
 Available now
Why use a mobile app?
 Optimized interface for mobile devices
 Access key course information anywhere, anytime
 Push notifications let you know when changes occur
in your course without constant checking
 Ideal for time-sensitive critical communication
 Great for simple interactions and quick posts or
checks
 Not so great for detailed course or content
development or other activities which require
extensive typing
Key Features
 Upload Files
 Push Notifications
 Announcements
 Testing
 Tasks
 Grades
 Blogs
 Roster
 Journals
 Discussions
 Media
Upload Files
Upload Files
 Upload photos or videos directly to Blackboard from
your mobile device.
 If you use the third-party file hosting service,
Dropbox (www.dropbox.com), you can upload files
directly to Blackboard via the mobile app.
NOTE: As with any third-party app, use caution that you do not store
FERPA restricted information on Dropbox or any non-KUMC servers.
Dropbox is not directly supported by KUMC so TLT and Customer
Support may not be able to help you troubleshoot Dropbox issues.
Push Notifications
Push Notifications
 Uses native iOS Notifications to alert you when pre-
defined conditions exist in Blackboard.
 Pushes alerts to you without need to constantly
check Blackboard
 You have complete control over what notifications
you receive
 You can edit your Notification Settings :
Welcome > Notifications Dashboard > Edit Notification
Settings
Announcements
Announcements
 Quickly read or add (if you have rights)
announcements in your course
Testing
Testing
 Instructors can create Mobile Compatible Tests
which are optimized for delivery on mobile devices.
 If student complete the test through a web browser,
it will behave like a normal assessment.
 Ideal for formative quizzes and brief assessments
 Use caution in allowing students to complete high
stakes exams via mobile device due to the potential
for slow or lost wireless connections.
Tasks
Tasks
 You can assign tasks to be at certain times and the
students can see these and know when certain things
are supposed to be done within the course.
 You have to assign them through the web and not the
mobile app, but you can complete them through the
app.
Grades
Grades
 This tool is not for instructors to give students
grades. This is only for students to view their grades.
Blogs
Blogs
 Blogs are a great feature to use on the mobile app.
They are quick and easy to use.
 Blogs function similar to discussion forums.
Roster
Roster
 Checking the roster can be good for students to see
who else is in the course and collaborate with them.
Journals
Journals
 Journals are a great feature to use on the mobile app.
They are quick and easy to use.
 Journals function similar to discussion forums.
Discussions
Media
Media
 Can display multiple types of media.
 Including:
 MP3
 YouTube
 Images
Additional Resources from Blackboard
 Online Mobile Learn Demos
 http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Resources/Bl
ackboard-Mobile-Learn-Demos.aspx
 Best Practices for Building Mobile-Friendly Courses
 http://www.blackboard.com/getdoc/59e6f603-876e-48339757-d22c6bffd092/Best-Practices-for-Mobile-FriendlyCourses.aspx
 Faculty Guide to Mobile Tests
 http://www.blackboard.com/getdoc/453b979c-20c2-421fb23f-4c3deba1b505/Faculty-Guide-to-Mobile-Tests.aspx
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