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Blackboard Ultra Upgrade Project

TLC and ITS will upgrade the Blackboard Learning Management System to its newest version, Ultra Learn, to take advantage of improved navigation and to enhance the user experience. 

For any questions about this transition, please visit our frequently asked questions webpage.

Blackboard Ultra Course View Conversion Is Approaching! 

  1. Watch a recording of the Blackboard Ultra Course Overview session recorded on November 9, 2023.
  2. An Ultra Orientation Training Course is available. Faculty are strongly encouraged to become more familiar with Ultra ahead of the spring semester. Follow the steps listed below to self-enroll in the orientation course.
    • Log into Blackboard.
    • Use Course Catalog to locate "LTE_23 Learn Teaching Essentials for Ultra."
    • Click the drop-down arrow to Self-Enroll.
  3. Blackboard and TLC will be holding office hours to assist with individual questions.
  4. Download a checklist with instructions for copying your edited Ultra template to your Summer 2024 course.

Office Hours

Blackboard faculty and staff are invited to drop by Ultra Course Office Hours to speak with Anthology Blackboard and TLC Consultants. Please review the below schedule for dates and times.

These one-hour sessions do not serve as trainings but are designed to briefly address Ultra Course inquiries. Bring your questions and join us using the Zoom links below.

Date Time (CST) Time (EST) Zoom Link
February 6 1 pm – 2 pm 2 pm – 3 pm Zoom Link for Feb 6
February 9 12 pm – 1 pm 1 pm – 2 pm Zoom Link for Feb 9
February 13 2 pm – 3 pm 3 pm – 4 pm Zoom Link for Feb 13
February 16 12 pm –  pm 1 pm – 2 pm Zoom Link for Feb 16

Consults

TLC Consultants are available to address questions after the course has been converted. You can request a consult here.

Information about Blackboard Ultra

Project Overview

Downloadable PDF: A Better Blackboard Learn: Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience

Ultra Overview, Part I (64 minutes)
Ultra Overview, Part II (60 minutes)

Ultra Base Navigation Introduction

Downloadable PDF: A Better Way to Navigate Blackboard Learn
Blackboard’s List of Key Ultra Features

Modern, intuitive user experience

      • The user experience will be simpler, more intuitive, and engaging.  

Works well on mobile devices

      • Blackboard Ultra is designed to work well on all of your devices.

Aggregates important information 

      • All course and organization information is consolidated into one global view.

Activity Stream 

      • Activity streams gives an organized list of everything that's happened in courses.

One click away 

      • Click on a tab to be taken directly there, minimizing clicks, and saving time.
Ultra Course View

 

Ultra Tour

In Ultra Course View, you have simplified workflows, a modern look and feel, and a fully responsive interface on all devices. On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to create content. 

All of your course content appears in the main part of the page. You can always see the left navigation area that peeks from behind layers. Most content items, such as folders and assignments, have a menu with options. When you open a piece of content, it slides out in a layer on top of the Course Content page. Close layers to go back to a previous spot in your course.

      1. Navigation bar: Open frequently used tools in one step. Select a tab to check the course calendar, respond to class discussions, access the course gradebook, and send a message.
      2. Details & Actions: Manage your course and create/manage groups, rosters, course availability and other set features.
      3. Add content: Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. If you want to copy or import content, open the menu on the right side above the content list.
      4. New activity: If you've enabled conversations on content, activity icons appear for new conversation activity. 
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Feb 13, 2024