This article focuses on the Blackboard App for Students. For information on using the Blackboard Instructor App for course facilitation, please see Blackboard Instructor App (iOS and Android).


Topics in this article include:

About The Blackboard App for Students

Install App and Log In

Navigating the App

What Works Well in the Blackboard Instructor App?

What Doesn't Work Well in the Blackboard Instructor App?



About the Blackboard App for Students 

The Blackboard app (formerly known as Blackboard Student or Blackboard Mobile Learn) is designed for students to view content and participate in their Blackboard courses. With Bb Student, you can view course content and updates, submit assignments, post on the discussion board, and join Collaborate Ultra web meetings. New features are continuously being added.


Important Information Regarding Tests: Please note that while you may be able to use the Blackboard App to take tests, we strongly discourage it. When taking tests, we recommend using a computer and a reliable network connection. For more information on myLesley tests, see Taking Tests and Surveys in myLesley


Attention iOS Users: If you’ve upgraded your device to iOS 12, please update the Blackboard app to version 3.9.1 to ensure that discussions work properly. Earlier versions of the app experience issues with discussions with iOS 12.


For more information, view the video overview: Introducing the Blackboard App.




Install App and Log in

  • Search for Blackboard and install the Blackboard app on your mobile device. 
  • Once you have installed the app, open it and search for Lesley University
  • Log in with your myLesley username and password. If you are experiencing trouble with your myLesley username and password please go to password.lesley.edu to reset it or contact it@lesley.edu.

For more information see the Quick Start guide.


  • Activity stream: This is the first screen after login and where you can see up-to-the-minute action for all of your courses. For more information see Activity Stream.
  • Base navigation. Access your courses, grades, and due dates. Any link on the base navigation shows you a global view across all of your courses. For example, Grades and Due Dates are rolled up for all courses, without having to navigate to each one. 
  • Courses. Swipe left and right to see past and future courses. At the bottom of the Courses list, tap to hide courses you no longer want to see in the list. For more information see Course List.
  • Course Content. Easily scan course materials and access your content. For more information see Course Content.


For more information view the Feature Guide or view the Blackboard App Tour video:






What Works Well in the Blackboard App for Students?

  • Check Course Content: The Blackboard App is a great way to quickly check existing course content. For more information see
  • View Announcements: View Announcements from your instructor directly in the app. For more information see Announcements in the Blackboard App.
  • Read and Respond to Discussions: The Blackboard Instructor app allows you to create, read, and respond to threads in the Discussion Board. For more information see Discussions.
  • Submit Assignments: You may view, submit and complete assignments right from the app. For more information see Tests and Assignments
  • View Grades: Within the app you can easily view all of your grades. However, please note that you will not be able to see your instructor's feedback. If your instructor provided feedback you will need to access the course on your desktop browser in order to view it. For more information see Grades in the Blackboard App
  • Join a Collaborate Ultra Webinar: You join Collaborate Ultra sessions as a guest on your mobile device directly from the Blackboard app. While it is possible to moderate or present in the app, it is not the smoothest experience. If you will be moderating or presenting, you will want to access the session via your web browser (on your mobile device or computer). For more information see Collaborate in the Blackboard App.



What Doesn't Work Well in the Blackboard App for Students?

  • Tests: Please note that while you may be able to use the Blackboard App to take tests, we strongly discourage it. When taking tests, we recommend using a computer and a reliable network connection. For more information on myLesley tests, see Taking Tests and Surveys in myLesley.
  • View Grade Feedback (Assignments And Tests): Within the app you can easily view all of your grades. However, please note that you will not be able to see your instructor's feedback. If your instructor provided feedback you will need to access the course on your desktop browser in order to view it. For more information see Grades in the Blackboard App
  • Presenting or Moderating a Collaborate Ultra Webinar: While it is possible to moderate or present in the app, it is not the smoothest experience. If you will be moderating or presenting, you will want to access the session via your web browser (on your mobile device or computer). For more information see Collaborate in Blackboard Instructor.
  • Blogs, Journals, and Wikis: The Blog, Journal, and Wiki tools are not accessible via the Blackboard Instructor app. You will need to access these tools through your web browser (on your mobile device or computer).
  • Kaltura Media: In order to create/upload videos in Kaltura Media, you will need to use your web browser (on your mobile device or computer). Viewing Kaltura Media can be tricky on a mobile device, depending on your browser and privacy settings. For the best experience, view Kaltura Media on your computer.