In 2012, we released the first Blackboard Collaborate Mobile app for iOS devices. The immediate response was rewarding: over 60,000 downloads worldwide. Now we’re expanding our reach even further.
Blackboard Collaborate is itself a collaboration. By working closely with our Product Advisory Council, I was able to gather feedback to help guide the future of our mobile initiatives. You asked for Android support and now you have it! We are pleased to announce Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing for Android, which includes the Kindle Fire HD.
What You Get
While the Android app offers all the functionality our iOS users enjoy, we also took the time to redesign the interface specifically for our Android users.
With the new Android app, users can easily view shared content, including whiteboards and applications straight from the instructor’s desktop, as well as interact via text or two-way audio, respond to yes/no or multiple-choice questions, raise their virtual hand, and indicate emotion.
Beta Users Weigh In
Even a quick glance at any college campus emphasizes how many students prefer working on their phones rather than their computers. Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of California Pacific Charter Schools and a member of the Blackboard Product Advisory Council (PAC), said, “The Blackboard Collaborate mobile app provides students with more options to attend the live sessions and gives them no excuse to not attend.”
Matias Marabotto, LMS and Help Desk Manager at the University of West Georgia, echoes Anderson’s endorsement: “The Android app enables a previously under-served audience to…watch session recordings from their mobile devices, which will increase their engagement and success.”
I am personally excited for the launch of Blackboard Collaborate on the Android platform because I know we will see even more impact on student learning and satisfaction by providing even more access to live sessions.
As always, we want to know your opinion. What do you think about the new app? Tweet with hashtag #BbCollab