The University of Texas at Austin
  • Blackboard goes mobile

    Published: April 30, 2010

    Students and faculty, rejoice.

    The Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment (DIIA) has unveiled a mobile version of Blackboard. The university is among the first campuses where students can use Web-enabled mobile devices to access everyday tools for viewing grades, checking assignments, participating in discussions, seeing schedules, communicating about courses, assessing instruction, storing files and organizing tasks.

    “I think I speak on behalf of all students when I say we appreciate the effort The University of Texas makes in accommodating our needs, using new and innovative techniques and technologies,” one student told DIIA. “In this day and age, innovation and efficiency are key to success, ours included.”

    The tool is the latest of several student-centered mobile interfaces DIIA has developed for its growing collection of versatile courseware.

    DIIA completed the first version of the Blackboard mobile interface last summer and pilot tested the system last semester. With DIIA’s customization of the university’s Blackboard, the mobile interface has been optimized for delivering many of Blackboard’s familiar features as well as integrating the Digital Archive SErvices (DASE) collection. The interface became operational for all students this semester.

    The mobile Blackboard joins eGradebook, Mobile Ongoing Course Assessment (MOCA) and the electronic Course-Instructor Survey (eCIS) among the choices available at DIIA’s mobile courseware hub.

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      jia said on March 7, 2011 at 10:56 p.m.
      OTS Solutions agree from the blackbord, and think that it offers the full functionality including the two way communication,access to gradebooks,web based plateform,blog access and commenting for the users. So it will be greatly useful for the customers.
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      Sirena Alexander said on Oct. 26, 2010 at 4:19 a.m.
      I agree with Cerda. Many things are not clear as he.she described. But its also true that Mobile Learn, according to Blackboard, will move beyond the company's current mobile offerings and will mimic the full functionality of the Web-based Learn platform, including two-way communication between students and teachers, access to gradebooks, blog access and commenting, discussion board participation, and student-to-student e-mail communications. So if it will b in market than hope it can b a great apps which is useful to all.
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      Michael Cerda said on May 4, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
      This article is not quite accurate. The features listed do not match the DIIA Blackboard mobile view list of features. The DIIA mobile view does not allow instructors to assess instruction, store files or organize tasks. The DIIA mobile view was designed for students. In addition it only shows a limited view of course content. Only top-level content can be viewed. Content in subfolders is not viewable. This description more accurately describes the Building Block/application available from Blackboard, Inc. Even that application does not allow instructors to changes grades (access instruction). What is nice about the DIIA mobile view is that it is platform independent. It does not require a separation application to run (only a web browser).
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