Learn Ultra. Clearing the Path to Modern Learning.

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Blackboard Learn™ with the Ultra experience (Learn Ultra) delivers a simpler, more powerful teaching and learning experience. With a modern, intuitive, fully responsive interface, Learn Ultra better engages students, eases the burden on educators, and clears the path to success.

Join Over 250 Clients Who Have Made the Move to Learn Ultra

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Paulita Brooker, Ed.D.
“Learn Ultra is critical to our vision of growth and is one of the catalysts of change needed to meet our aggressive goals.”
Professor Peter Francis
“We have partnered with Blackboard as we felt they are, with their new products and enterprise partnership ambitions, the leading technology company to support Northumbria to deliver an innovative and dynamic student learning experience.”
Jean Marlow
“Learn Ultra supports our goals of retaining and graduating more students. It looks great, facilitates communication, and offers students the educational resources needed to be successful.”
Roger Wen, Ph.D.
“We have 15,000 students and more than 50% of them are relying on mobile devices, working in Starbucks and on Rapid Transit. We needed Blackboard’s highly responsive, clean [Ultra] design.”
Deidre Price, Ph.D.
“The student experience within Learn Ultra is terrific. The student navigation is simple, the Activity Stream is remarkable, and the sense of aggregating, streamlining and simplifying communications is dramatically improved.”

Why Learn Ultra?

Here are just a few ways Learn Ultra removes barriers to teaching and learning in order to drive student success.

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Efficiency. Get Things Done, Quicker & Easier.

Powerful, yet simple tools and workflows help learners and instructors stay organized, easily take action, and engage with content and each other.

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Mobility. Any Device, Any Time.

Learners and instructors can easily learn and teach anytime, anywhere with Learn Ultra’s fully responsive design for all devices.

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Actionable Insights. Data, It's More Than Just a Buzzword to Us.

We’re not just handing you data. We’re surfacing data that matters when it matters most— to foster more personalized interactions and drive student success.

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Accessibility. Helping All Learners Succeed.

Our goal is to help all learners and instructors—regardless of age, ability, or situation—succeed. At Blackboard, accessibility is at the forefront of product development—not an afterthought.

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Openness. In Every Sense of the Word.

Open to integrate. Open to extend. Open to get your data. Because we understand that Learn is just one part of your educational ecosystem. Plus, you’ll have access to the most robust partner network available.

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Seamless. Go Beyond the Traditional LMS.

Excite educators and learners with seamless, deeply integrated tools that “just work”—like publisher content, other Blackboard products, and 3rd party tools.

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Reliability. Always On, Always Updated.

Teaching and learning never stops. Eliminate downtime (and breathe a sigh of relief), plus take advantage of the latest enhancements as soon as they become available; no upgrade—or system downtime—needed.

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Flexibility. Change at a Pace That Works for You.

Institutions need to adapt to meet learner and instructor needs while minimizing disruption and ensuring continuity. That’s why we provide options so you can roll out the Ultra experience at your desired pace.

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What’s New in Learn Ultra?

When was the last time you looked at Learn Ultra? It’s time to take another look. Check out the latest additions.

March 2020 Update Preview
March 2020 Release

The highly-requested Calculated formula question type for Ultra Courses is now available! Plus, this release is packed full of many small, but meaningful changes that will positively impact usability for all — administrators, instructors and students alike.

On March 5, 2020, the Learn SaaS release v3800.4.0 was released to Production environments.

Highlights of the release include: 

Ultra Base Navigation 

  • Course ID displays with Course Name – The Course ID now appears along with the Course Name on the Courses page of the Ultra Base Navigation, in the Calendar, and when copying course content.
  • "Edit course image" option moved – The “Edit course image” option has been moved to the overflow menu at the top-right corner of the course tile.

Ultra Course View 

  • Calculated formula question type – The highly-requested Calculated formula question type has been added to Ultra assessments. Instructors can convert existing Calculated Formula questions from their Original Courses, or can create new ones within their Ultra Course.
  • All "Create Item" panel options display by default – To make options easier to find and access for instructors creating new content on the Course Content page, all options in the “Create Item” panel will now open by default rather than just the “Course Content Items” options. 
  • Discussion conversion improvements – Now converting an Original graded Discussion to Ultra is even easier, requiring little to no manual intervention.
  • Option to make Messages read-only for students – Administrators can choose whether students are able to create and reply to messages.
  • Eliminated overdue notifications for submissions collected offline – Students will no longer receive overdue notifications for Ultra Assessments that use the “Collect Submissions Offline” setting.
  • Text editor word count – When instructors create documents and students respond to essay questions, they will be able to take advantage of the new word count that has been added to the text editor.
  • Text updates that increase usability and clarity – We’ve updated the text prompts around adding YouTube videos, creating and answering Matching questions, and activating the Ultra Base Navigation to improve the experience for all users.
  • Ultra Extension Framework updates – These updates to the Ultra Extension Framework add capabilities for banners, modals, and notifications. Partners can dynamically create banners within the Ultra UI to display data to the user while the user is within a course. We also added the ability to notify users in a course through blocking modals, dynamic guidance messages, and notifications.

View all the details in the Learn SaaS release notes

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