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

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 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.


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.