Appy Hour: Blackboard Mobile Learn

Welcome to Appy Hour, a series in which we review apps related to learning, reading, or that may be of special interest to the CUA community.

App: Blackboard Mobile Learn™  Blackboard, Inc. logo
By: Blackboard Inc.
Price: Free
Device: Reviewed on an iPad

Blackboard Mobile Learn allows users to access their Blackboard content from mobile devices.

With a 1 ½ star iTunes rating, I went into this app with some skepticism. My initial reaction is that it is sleek looking and intuitive with the menu bar on the right and the dashboard down the middle. After I clicked on a course, the course content links appeared down the middle.

At this point I decided to look at my course reserves. When I clicked, a Safari browser opened in the app and I was essentially using Blackboard in a web browser, but within the app. So, I decided to try the discussion board–same thing.

As far as I can tell, this app has a sleek beginning for looking at your Blackboard content, but really, you just see it in a web browser after all. I also feel that Blackboard’s interface is best utilized on a PC or laptop. I’m afraid I agree with the low rating for this application.

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