Summer Preview – Blackboard Ultra


This summer, Blackboard’s home page and base navigation will be updated with a fresh new look. Your current courses will not change and you are invited to opt into a pilot to try a new form of course design called Ultra Courses. Take a look at the following video and overview webpage to get an idea of what is coming. If you would like to be part of the Ultra Course pilot, contact

Ultra Course Highlights – Key Features

  • Mobile-friendly – The Ultra Course View adapts to the size of a user’s screen whether they’re viewing the course on a mobile phone, a tablet, or desktop computer. Users can access their course on the go and on their schedule.
  • Simplified workflows – Adding course content? Simply point to the Course Content area and select the plus sign. The system quickly walks you through the process of adding assignments, discussions, links, and external content. Other common tasks, such as grading and sending messages, are simplified in the Ultra Course View as well.
  • Modern navigation – No need to dig for course tools. At the top of your screen, you’ll find content, events, discussions, grades, and messages, no matter where you are in the course.
  • Embedded analytics – Keep students informed about their progress and each month, Blackboard releases new tools and improvements to the Ultra Experience, allowing faculty to quickly innovate.