Have you ever been sickened by an app?
No? Well try this one and you will be. AFAICT it just logs in to the web-based BB anyway, which has been made worse the last year or so. You think you’re just about going to be able to use it and then you can’t. Something just goes wrong. I was logged in, feeling like “hey, maybe this will work!” Suddenly I’m back on the splash screen. It’s almost as though the people at BB hired their toddlers to build their apps. Completely worthless. I’ve resorted to downloading the online submissions and grading them in other apps, then having to upload them again. BB reeks of incompetence.
One star is too many
App does not work at all, ever. Have never been able to log in.
Not understanding the purpose of the new interface
The old version of this app, though limited, still allowed me to get some basic tasks done..in ONE app. With the old version I could at least switch to the web version. With this one, I can’t. I’m even more restricted than before.
I fail to understand why two separate apps were created, one for emailing, sending announcements, and other maintenance tasks, and the other for grading. Additionally, I’m not able to add attachments, such as marked up papers. I’m not so caught up in myself that I would need to record my feedback either visually or audibly and, more importantly, students don’t need to see me tell them their research paper sucked.
This app ASSumes all college instructors aren’t shy and love to hear themselves talk, and also ASSumes Blackboard is used strictly for online courses, which it is not; it is also used as a supplement for on-ground courses for...what? Yes, classroom management! Therefore, my students don’t need to see me tell them their paper sucked; I can tell them in person.
I hope Blackboard is reading the feedback for these apps and making adjustments, not only for the needs of the students, but for the instructors as well.
Major Work Needed
This app doesn't size correctly for the screen on iPad Pro. Lots of wasted space and all I get is a web view.
By Beautiful lucky Jewlery
When I go into grade students assignments the view is exactly the same as Blackboard and not as it is displayed how it should be.
Rubric scores disappear
I've just found out that although you can use the rubric linked to your assignment to grade on Bb Grader, the individual rubric scores are not being sent to Blackboard. Only the full grade is uploaded. Students clicking on the View Rubric button when reviewing their grades will see the blank rubric. When I go in to review their grades, I too see a blank rubric. When I went back to Bb Grader to look, the grades are still there but here too the individual rubric scores are blank. This is not only a waste of time, but a major problem for anyone who uses rubrics as a means of teaching students.
By BB No Grader
BB Grader is the worst app I've ever seen. It never works. The irony is that I wanted to use this app to grade my students' work, but I can't use it because it doesn't function, and all my students could make better apps than this.
I gave it one star because Apple wouldn't let me submit the review with zero stars. But it's really zero stars.
Can't grade in landscape
I would like to use my keyboard to leave comments in the student feedback, but in landscape mode the comments section rolls off the top of the screen and out of sight making it nearly impossible.
It would also be nice if this could be updated to be compatible with Apple Pencil. That could speed up grading quite a bit.
If you open a student's assignment to grade it while your iPad is in landscape, the "OK got it" button doesn't appear. This drove me crazy for about 10 minutes, but just turn your iPad to portrait and the button appears... I think this is an oversight, but I may be biased.
Otherwise, much like the web grader, it's clunky but functional.
A terrible, but occasionally necessary, evil
By Editor Fangirl
Save yourself the headache– assign everything through TurnItIn; their iPad app is pretty great.
Given the fact that instructor access on their Mobile Learn app is non-existent and the grade book is impossible to use in a mobile browser, this is really your only option for grading on iOS. And it works... kind of... sometimes, which is really what you want in a grade management system.
After saving my comments (I know because I went back and reviewed them), it failed to deliver them to about half my students. For some I could go back and retrieve the comments from my view. For the rest, they were just gone. The actual grades seem to stick, but **do not trust it**.
+ In order to log in, you have to type in the name of your school, log in, enter a view that is identical to and every bit as useless as the browser site, then go back, type in your school again, and re-enter the site. Every single time. Because it can't remember a log-in.
+ The log-in has no landscape mode. The actual grading screen has a landscape mode in theory, but if you use it, you have to type comments in the unviewable nether region above the screen, so prepare to type on the glass keyboard exclusively.
+ Obvious from the date of the last update, but there's absolutely no support for iPad Pro features like multitasking.
Given the fact that this hasn't been updated in 2 years (and their student app hasn't been updated for almost 3), it's pretty clear they do not care about mobile or their user experience. And I have no expectations that any of these problems will be solved. It will get the job done in an emergency, but it's a terrible app.