In this article, you’ll learn how to make your course available for students to access on the go via the Teachable iOS app. There is not an Android equivalent at this time.
CAUTION: The Teachable iOS is intended to serve as a complement to the desktop web app. We recommend that instructors design their course for the desktop, as this is the most robust way to view a Teachable course, and inform students that the iOS app is a supplementary tool for students to use while they are on the go.
If you come across any bugs while using the Teachable iOS app, please report them through the app. These reports go directly to our engineering team, and any feedback (the more detailed the better) helps us tremendously!
What Can Students Do On the App?
From the app, your students will be able to do the following actions within your course:
- Pick up where they left off on another device
- Stream course videos
- View handouts, worksheets, and lecture text/images
- Take lecture quizzes and view their scores
- Complete lectures and sync their progress with other devices
NOTE: At this time, lecture comments cannot be accessed from within the Teachable iOS app.
To learn more about what they can do, see Using the iOS App as a Student.
How Do I Make My Courses Accessible on the App?
At this time, you only need to do one thing to make courses accessible on the mobile app: make sure myTeachable is enabled on your school. This applies because students can only access the app via their myTeachable account. To learn how to enable myTeachable on your school, see this article.
Once you have myTeachable enabled, any one of your students who downloads the Teachable app will be able to see your school and course(s) from the My Courses area.
So far, the app has been successfully downloaded and used in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and China, but it should be available worldwide. If you find that the iOS app cannot be downloaded in your country, feel free to contact us and let us know.
What the App Cannot Do
School owners cannot manage schools or courses from within the app. It functions only as a way to view and complete lectures and courses.
The app also supports a limited subset of HTML tags: <b>, <bold>, <strong>, <i>, <italic>, <u>, <underline>, <a>, <ul>, <li>, and <br>. At this time, any other HTML tags present in lectures will be stripped from the text. Images put into a lecture with HTML will not display, but any file attachment which is an image will be directly embedded and viewable in a lecture.
Adding App-Friendly Images
Optimal image sizes differ from web to iOS app access, so you'll want to add new course thumbnail and background images sized specifically for the app. Do this by clicking the iOS icon found under Courses > Information > Branding here:
Follow the format and size recommendations so the images appear correctly when students access the app from their phones.
What If I Don’t Have myTeachable Accounts Enabled?
If you don’t have myTeachable accounts enabled on your school, you will be able to see all your courses on the app, but your students will not be able to.
The reason for this is simple: since all school owners manage their schools through their personal myTeachable accounts, your myTeachable account is linked to your school. This means that you can access your school through your myTeachable dashboard and therefore through the app.
In the case of students, however, their account on your school is totally separate from myTeachable, so they are unable to see your school on their myTeachable dashboards--meaning that your courses cannot be synced to the app for them when they access it.