On Feb 14, 2012, at 3:15 PM, Colleen MacKinnon wrote:
> I'm teaching an online class and suggested Bb Mobile Learn as an app to
> access the course site on Bb for those needing access on the road. However,
> if they do not have wi-fi, they receive this message:
> "Sorry your institution's configuration does not allow access via celluar
> connection. Please connect to a Wi-Fi network and try again."
> Another message that has been received by another carrier:
> "Sorry, you can't access the application. You'll be able to login using the
> application if your institution licenses Blackboard Mobile Learn. Or, Sprint
> users can use Blackboard Mobile Learn at no cost to the institution due to a
> partnership between Sprint and Blackboard."
> What might students expect in the near future regarding cell-phone access to
> Bb? Seems like there's a need for agreements with a variety of service
Blackboard offers a "Mobile Central" product at an additional licensing cost. Licensing this product would allow users to connect on carrier networks other than Sprint - however there are currently no plans to license the Mobile Central product in the near future. Unfortunately, this means that the mobile app is a WiFi-only tool for the time being.
> Thanks, Colleen MacKinnon
Learning Systems Development Support
Center for Teaching & Learning
University of Vermont
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