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Keeping track in class: there’s an app for that
March 3, 2016

Keeping track in class: there’s an app for that

Keeping track in class: there’s an app for that

Academic Technologies Director Sherita Love demonstrates the benefits of using the Blackboard app. Photo by Paul Fernandez

UPDATED:  9:58 p.m., March 3

By Crystal Valentin

Criminology sophomore Maurice Young checks Blackboard when he gets a notification on his watch or smartphone. He paid $4.99 for the app two years ago and said it was worth it and he’d be lost without it, especially when a professor posts notifications of a pop quiz or test.

“If something gets put on Blackboard it will tell me,” Young said. “If nothing is put on there, then I’m not going to look at it.”

The Blackboard app offers support by helping students and professors stay up-to-date with important information. Students can benefit from getting notifications of their grades and staying on track with all their classes.

“This is good because you can have real-time information,” said Sherita Love, manager of Academic Technologies said. “If the professor posts something, you can get the information right now, right then.”

In three years, more than 4,700 Texas A&M University-San Antonio students utilized Blackboard Mobile.

The Blackboard app is currently $1.99 for a one-year pass and $4.99 for an unlimited pass.

Love said A&M-San Antonio will consider participating in a program where students can receive the app for no charge.

“So, we’re still investing and hoping that at the earliest to have that in by the fall,” Love added.

English sophomore Makayla Mortensen recently heard about the Blackboard app in class but has not used it herself, however, she logs in multiple times daily.

“If it was free, I would probably download the app,” Mortensen said, “Because it’s convenient, rather than having to go login every time.”

There is a problem viewing videos. If the Blackboard app has a video in Adobe’s Flash software it will not play on iPhones but might play on Androids that have Flash.

“Blackboard heard all the feedback they were getting and they are going through the process of editing or improving the app,” Love said.

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