Mobile Learn Version 4.0

Blackboard has released the latest versions of the Mobile Learn v4.0 for Android and iOS.

What's New in Version 4.0

http://help.blackboardmobile.com/customer/portal/articles/1277934-what-s-new-in-mobile-learn-4-0-

Inspired by your feedback, we’ve completely redesigned the app. This update makes using the app and reading content easier than ever. Some of the sweet new features include:

-”Unread Counts” that show you which courses and tools have new items (currently only for Android, coming to iOS)

-You can now “favorite” an area of a course for easy access later on

-More support for Rich Content Styles like Bold, Underline, Italics, and Hyperlinks

-New layout for Discussions that show you the history of each reply

Note: some of the new features like "Unread Counts" (Android) and the full "Rich Content" support will only be available after our Building Block upgrades on Thursday, August 29th.

Mac OS X Java update

Late last week Apple released an update to Java for OS X versions 10.7 (Lion) or later.

Java for OS X 2012-006 delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_37.

This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled "Missing plug-in" to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in from Oracle.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5493 for more details about this update.


However, Chrome for the Mac cannot use the Java 7 plug-in.  The Java 7 plug-in only works on 64-bit browsers, and  Chrome (v.22) is currently a 32-bit application.

Reference: http://java.com/en/download/faq/java_mac.xml


How this might impact Blackboard users?

There are a few tools in Blackboard that require Java applets.

  • Equation Editor
  • Chat/Virtual Classroom Collaboration Tools
  • Content Collection > Multiple Files and Folders Upload

Our initial testing has shown that these tools continue to work with Safari 5.1 / Java 7 (1.7.0_09). Please let us know if you encounter any Mac/Java browser issues post-Java for OS X 2012-006 update.