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

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  • Lacie M. Crone

    I am extremely excited about the launch of the Android version of Collaborate. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Beta testing group. ~Lacie

    • Trent Gillaspie

      Thanks for being a part of the group, Lacie! Really appreciated your feedback along with the rest of the group in helping us make this launch so well received. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.

  • Lisa Durff

    Trent, I see it says V12.5 – do we need to upgrade our rooms in order to accommodate the Android devices?

    • Trent Gillaspie

      Thanks for your patience with me getting back to you, Lisa. Yes, you have to have Blackboard Collaborate 12.5 installed to support the Android application on Android devices and Kindle Fire HD. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thanks!

  • DJK

    Darn thing doesn’t work, and v11 and v12 were a nightmare to use on ordinary laptops. We want v10 back !

    • Trent Gillaspie

      Sorry to hear about the issues you’re having. Have you filed a support ticket? Let me know if you have a case number you’d like me to have some of the team look into. Outside of that, the Android Mobile App is only supported in v12.5, the latest version of Blackboard Collaborate. Let me know if you have any further issues, and I’ll follow-up to see what I can do. Thanks!

  • Todd Conaway

    To make it work you have to pay for the mobile version in your licensing, no?

    • Trent Gillaspie

      Todd, your institution just needs to have Blackboard Collaborate 12.5 installed, and the Mobile application is supported across Android and iOS devices for free. The app is also free for your users to download and start interacting with their classes straight from their mobile device. Hope that helps, but let me know if I can answer any other questions. Happy Friday!

  • Todd Conaway

    To make it work you have to pay for the mobile version in your licensing, no?