Lesson Plan

Going Mobile with Blackboard

Learn what you can and can't do with Blackboard's mobile apps
Chuck D.
Technology coordinator
Metropolitan Community College
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My Grades 12
My Subjects Arts
Objectives

In this iPad 1:1 workshop faculty participants will learn how to:

  • Install Blackboard Mobile Learn app on Android or iOS device
  • Install Bb Student app on Android, iOS or Windows mobile device
  • Install Bb Grader on iPad
  • Navigate MCC courses with Blackboard Mobile Learn app
  • Participate in a discussion forum with Blackboard Mobile Learn app
  • Enable notifications using Blackboard Mobile Learn app
  • Navigate MCC courses with Bb Student app
  • Participate in a discussion forum with Bb Student app
  • Enable notifications using Bb Student app
  • Configure a test to be compatible with Bb Student app
  • Take a test with Bb Student app
  • Navigate MCC courses with unsupported mobile web browsers
  • Configure an assignment to be compatible with Bb Grader app
  • Mark-up and grade an assignment submission with Bb Grader app
Subjects
Science
Grades 12
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Student Notes

1 Hook - Using Mobile Web Browsers for Blackboard

Make sure all faculty participants have iPads, then direct them to login to blackboard.mccneb.edu using Safari.

Direct them to the 'Going mobile with Blackboard' course, and ask them to create a thread in the 'Introduce yourself to the course' forum.

Discuss how this experience is different and less intuitive via the iPad's touchscreen interface.

Student Instructions

Launch the Safari app on your iPad and login to blackboard.mccneb.edu.

Enter the course 'Going mobile with Blackboard'.

Create a thread in the 'Introduce yourself to the course' forum.

Discuss with other workshop participants the pros and cons of using an iPad vs desktop web browser to complete this activity.

2 Direct Instruction - Install Apps

Direct faculty to install the apps.  Lecture while apps are loading.

Mobile web browsers are not officially supported for use with Blackboard Learn.  Users can navigate Blackboard with mobile browsers, but are likely to encounter incompatibility issues with certain Blackboard features.

Blackboard mobile learn is still available in the app store, but is no longer being developed.  It has been replaced by Bb Student, which will continue to receive updates.

Demonstrate the differences between Blackboard Mobile Learn and Bb Student.

Demonstrate the notification settings of a user in a desktop web browser and demonstrate how they align to the notifications set in 'Going Mobile with Blackboard'.

Student Instructions

Install Blackboard Mobile Learn app, Bb Student and Bb Grader on your iPad.

If you brought your own device, feel free to install Blackboard Mobile Learn app and Bb Student on your own device.  Bb Grader is only available for the iPad.

Load the Blackboard Mobile Learn app and select 'Metropolitan Community College - Nebraska' as your school and login.

Review notification settings and make sure they are all turned on.  You should receive notifications from the 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class.

Load the Bb Student app and select 'Metropolitan Community College - Nebraska' as your school and login.

Review notification settings and make sure they are all turned on.  You should receive the same notifications from the 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class.

3 Guided Practice - Navigate a course with apps

Activity: Exploring

Demonstrate the content available in 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class from the instructor point of view in a desktop browser.

Highlight the items that are not compatible with the mobile apps and therefore do not display.

Student Instructions

Using Blackboard Mobile Learn app:

  • Review the content of 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class.
  • Find the 'Introduce Yourself to the Class' forum and reply to your original thread.

Using Bb Student app:

  • Review the content of 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class.
  • Find the 'Introduce Yourself to the Class' forum and reply to your original thread.

4 Guided Practice - Taking a test with Bb Student

Activity: Exploring

Once faculty have submitted the 'Bb Student Test', show it's settings from the instructor point of view in a desktop browser.

Demonstrate which questions are compatible with Bb Student and which are not.

Lead discussion of pros and cons of offering a mobile-friendly test.

Student Instructions

Find and take the test entitled 'Bb Student Test'.

Find and view the instructions for 'Desktop Test'.

Discuss pros and cons of offering a mobile-friendly test.

5 Guided Practice - Submitting an assignment with Bb Student

Activity: Exploring

In a desktop browser go to each participating faculty member's sandbox course and create an assignment called 'Going Mobile with Blackboard'.

Enter student preview mode and submit the PDF 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' to the assignment in each course.

Have a faculty participant demonstrate what they see in the Bb Grader app.

Walk through the steps to mark-up and grade the submission.

Student Instructions

Find and download the PDF 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' in the 'Going Mobile with Blackboard' class.

Open the Bb Grader app. Enter 'Metropolitan Community College - Nebraska' for your school and login.

Enter your sandbox course and find the submission that needs grading.

Follow along with the demonstration and mark-up and grade the submission.

6 Independent Practice - Compose a document

Show what a pages submission looks like in Bb Grader.

Demonstrate the file types that are compatible with the mark-up.

Student Instructions

Launch the Pages app and compose a document.

In the Bb Student app, find the assignment 'Pages submission'.  Submit the Pages document you just created as an attachment to the assignment.

7 Extension - Discussion

Activity: Conversing

Lead discussion about pros and cons of designing a course for mobile access.

Discuss best practices of designing a course for mobile access.

Student Instructions

Discuss pros and cons of designing a course for mobile access.

Share your past experience with students using mobile devices.