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Blackboard Mobile Learn Transition to Bb Student & Bb Instructor »

Transitioning from Mobile Learn to Blackboard’s Bb Student & Bb Instructor Apps:

Effective August 1, 2017, Mobile Learn will be removed from all app stores.  After August 31, 2017, Blackboard will no longer support Mobile Learn.  Clients should begin transitioning to Blackboard’s Bb Student (available now) & Blackboard’s Bb Instructor apps (scheduled for release in July 2017).  These two applications offer an enhanced, user-centric mobile experience that puts critical teaching and learning tools right in users’ hands.  All users can expect increased efficiency with our simplified workflows built to complete on the go.

Mobile Learn refers to Blackboard’s mobile application that allows students and instructors to access Learn from their mobile devices.  Mobile Learn was released in 2011 and made available to Blackboard Learn customers with a mobile license.

To provide students and instructors with an enhanced experience, Blackboard has developed two new applications designed to better meet the needs of students and instructors – Bb Student & Bb Instructor.  Bb Student is currently available globally in iOS, Android, and Windows app stores and Bb Instructor is scheduled to release globally in iOS and Android app stores in July 2017.

Important Dates:

  • Now:  Bb Student is already available globally in iOS, Android, and Windows app stores
  • July 2017:  Blackboard’s Bb Instructor is scheduled to release globally in iOS and Android app stores
  • August 1, 2017:  Mobile Learn is scheduled for removal from app stores
  • August 31, 2017:  Support for Mobile Learn is scheduled to end

Impact to Current Mobile Learn Users:

Current Mobile Learn users will continue to have access to Mobile Learn after is has been removed from app stores and after support ends.  However, Blackboard cannot guarantee continued usability of the application.  Apple has indicated that 32-bit apps, of which Mobile Learn is, will not be supported on future versions of iOS.

The VCU eLearning Team
Learning Systems, Academic Technologies
VCU Technology Services

Respondus Test Bank Network Webinar »

The Respondus Test Bank Network offers thousands of ready-to-use test banks for the leading textbooks in higher education. You will quickly see how the Respondus Test Bank Network can save you countless hours each term. And it's free with your Respondus 4.0 license. Learn more in a free webinar tomorrow (5/23/17) at 2pm ET! . . .

Redesigned Interface for VCU’s eLearning Environment »

The Learning Systems team just completed the Blackboard upgrade, and you will immediately notice that it looks different. For several years, Blackboard has maintained the same look, and over time it has become very "dated". The Learning Systems team, within Academic Technologies, has redesigned and customized the interface to have a more professional, s . . .

Blackboard Learn Upgrade – May 16th, 2017 – Completed May 17th at 2:30PM »

Blackboard Upgrade to Q4 2016 Release has been Completed Reminder: The VCU Blackboard system will be upgraded to a newer version on May 16-17. Begin Time: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) End Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) Blackboard will NOT be available during this time. We expect the upgrade to take less than 24 hours, so . . .

Blackboard Availability – May 16, 2017 Upgrade »

Reminder: The VCU Blackboard system will be upgraded to a newer version on May 16-17. Begin Time: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) End Time: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 8:00pm (EST) Blackboard will NOT be available during this time. We expect the upgrade to take less than 24 hours, so check this blog for updates which will be posted when the . . .

Echo360 Instructor Education Series »

Summer is almost here, and it's the perfect time to kick back, relax, and prepare for your courses next term! Starting next Tuesday, Echo360 is here to help complement your course delivery with an educational series for instructors, instructor assistants, and supporting staff. Attend as many sessions as you'd like - you'll learn about the benefits of us . . .

Rolling restart of Blackboard Production application servers »

Beginning Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 2:30pm US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) End Time: Thursday, May 11th, 2017 3:00am US Eastern (UTC/GMT-4) Blackboard Managed Hosting will perform a rolling restart of our Production Blackboard servers.  Rolling restarts will be performed so that there will be no downtime to users.  Regards, The VCU Blackboard Te . . .

SafeAssign processing delays »

We received the following alert from Blackboard Bulletin/Advisory Information: The Blackboard SafeAssign service continues to experience delays in returning Originality Reports and results to end users. We understand the impact that these delays have had on users and apologize for the poor performance of the system during this time. The root caus . . .

May VoiceThread Workshops »

VoiceThread Basics 4 - VoiceThread and your LMS May 2 at 7:00pm ET - Register here We will work on integrating VoiceThread into a learning management system. With LMS integration educators can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. Participants will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during a hands . . .

Update – Blackboard Intermittent Login Issues – RESOLVED »

Blackboard Managed Hosting Engineers and the VCU Blackboard Team has resolved our intermittent login issues.  Both teams will continue to monitor our servers throughout the night; however, no further updates will be provided. We appreciate your cooperation and patience. Apr. 18, 2017 @ 9:00pm . . .

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