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


Topics in this article include:

About Blackboard Instructor

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 Blackboard Instructor 

Blackboard Instructor enables you to view course content, connect with students in discussions, grade assignments, and interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Please note that Blackboard Instructor shows only the courses where you are enrolled as an instructor, Teaching Assistant, or Course Assistant. For courses were you are enrolled as a student, please use the Blackboard App for Students.


Attention iOS Users: If you’ve upgraded your device to iOS 12, please update Blackboard Instructor to version 2.1.1 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: Blackboard Instructor App Tour.




Install App and Log in

  • From your device, access the appropriate online store:
  • Search for Blackboard Instructor and install the Blackboard Instructor 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 mp.lesley.edu to reset it or contact it@lesley.edu.


For more information see the Quick Start guide.



  • Course List. After you log in you will see all of the current courses where you are an Instructor, Teaching Assistant, or Course Assistant. Tap a course to enter. For more information see Course List.
  • Course Overview. From the course list, tap a course to see its Course Overview. This concise view of the course provides access to Due Dates, Announcements, Course Content, and Discussions.


Additional features may be found here: Blackboard Instructor.


What Works Well in the Blackboard Instructor App?

  • Check Existing Course Content: The Blackboard Instructor App is a great way to quickly check existing course content. For more information see Course Content.
  • Create and View Announcements: The Blackboard Instructor app allows you to easily create and view Announcements. For more information see Announcements.
  • Read and Respond to Discussions: The Blackboard Instructor app allows you to create, read, and respond to threads in the Discussion Board. However, in order to create new Discussion Forums you will need to access your course via your web browser (on your mobile device or computer). For more information see Discussions.
  • Grading: The Blackboard Instructor app allows you to quickly review, provide feedback, and grade assignment submissions as well as view associated rubrics and attachments. For more information see Grading.
  • Join a Collaborate Ultra Webinar: You join Collaborate Ultra sessions as a guest on your mobile device directly from the Blackboard Instructor 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 Blackboard Instructor.


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

  • Create Assignments and Tests: While you may view assignments and tests within the Blackboard Instructor app, you cannot create new Assignments or Tests. Instead, you will need to access the course through your web browser (on your mobile device or computer). For more information see Tests and Assignments.
  • 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.