SaaS Deployment. Minimize Downtime, Maximize Learning.

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Today, teaching and learning never stops. Eliminate downtime (and breathe a sigh of relief) with the SaaS deployment for Learn. Provide your students and educators with the latest enhancements as soon as they become available—no upgrades needed.  Plus, have the option to enable the Ultra experience characterized by simplified workflows, a modern look and feel, and a fully responsive interface. 

Why Move to SaaS?

Kimberley N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
“Eliminating downtime is a huge advantage of SaaS. As a Managed Hosting client, we would need to take the system down for upgrades and fixes – and we just couldn’t afford to do that any longer.”
Kimberley N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
Director of Distance Education and Teaching Excellence, Elizabeth City State University

Zero downtime software updates

Updates are applied without having to take the system offline, so teaching and learning can happen 24x7x365

Roger Wen, Ph.D.
“Faculty and students want the latest updates and SaaS ensures we are able to offer our users the most recent features & functionality immediately.”
Roger Wen, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Online Campus, Office of Academic Affairs, California State University at East Bay

Always up-to-date

Enhancements, new features, and fixes are delivered on a monthly basis, improving quality and user satisfaction

Chuck Grubisic
“Updating to a new release as a Managed Hosting client was a big process that we’ve eliminated with SaaS. Now we are always current with releases which makes our faculty very happy.”
Chuck Grubisic
Director of Technology Services and Operations, Lakeland University

Easier change management

Smaller, continuous delivery updates are easier for you to roll out, and for students and educators to adopt

Bryan Fendley
“Moving to SaaS is like gaining headcount. Now my team is free to invest time in more meaningful tasks – like faculty development. By refocusing our time, we were able to train all faculty on Learn, growing the number of courses by almost 300% in one semester.”
Bryan Fendley
Director of Instructional Technology & Web Services, University of Arkansas at Monticello

Peace of mind

Experienced Blackboard staff manage operations 24x7x365, so you can focus on other important work

Kimberley N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
“Eliminating downtime is a huge advantage of SaaS. As a Managed Hosting client, we would need to take the system down for upgrades and fixes – and we just couldn’t afford to do that any longer.”
Kimberley N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
Director of Distance Education and Teaching Excellence, Elizabeth City State University
Roger Wen, Ph.D.
“Faculty and students want the latest updates and SaaS ensures we are able to offer our users the most recent features & functionality immediately.”
Roger Wen, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Online Campus, Office of Academic Affairs, California State University at East Bay
Chuck Grubisic
“Updating to a new release as a Managed Hosting client was a big process that we’ve eliminated with SaaS. Now we are always current with releases which makes our faculty very happy.”
Chuck Grubisic
Director of Technology Services and Operations, Lakeland University
Bryan Fendley
“Moving to SaaS is like gaining headcount. Now my team is free to invest time in more meaningful tasks – like faculty development. By refocusing our time, we were able to train all faculty on Learn, growing the number of courses by almost 300% in one semester.”
Bryan Fendley
Director of Instructional Technology & Web Services, University of Arkansas at Monticello

How Do I Make the Move to SaaS?

We make the move to SaaS simple and seamless for you. With over 700 SaaS clients to date, the path to SaaS is clear.

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Join a SaaS Planning Workshop

Ready to start planning your move to SaaS? Our free SaaS Planning Workshop will provide you with step by step guidance as well as the resources needed to plan a successful migration. You will have direct access to our product experts as well as peers moving along a similar path, to ensure all your questions are answered.

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Consider the Ultra Base Navigation

More and more institutions are choosing to enable the Ultra Base Navigation when they migrate to SaaS to provide a more engaging, efficient, and enjoyable experience for their students and instructors - without having to change their courses! Students and instructors can continue using the Original courses they are using today, while benefiting from a more modern, personalized, and intuitive experience navigating Learn.

Over 700 Learn clients are benefiting from SaaS deployment

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Michael Shelmet
“The move to SaaS went much faster and smoother than ever expected… and the benefits of SaaS are numerous: zero downtime, equal if not faster speeds, disaster recovery, and we are now always on the latest release.”
Kathy Saville
“Learn SaaS enables us to maintain a level of commitment to our college community and allows our small team to devote more time to a higher quality teaching and learning environment.”
Tiffany Cantrell
“Moving to the Ultra Base Navigation and SaaS has been great. It was a painless transition and we should have done it long before we did.”
Michael Robinson
“Now that our technical staff doesn’t have to worry about managing Blackboard, they have refocused on building more system integrations and analyzing our learner analytics.”
William McKinney
“We have 5 colleges with varying schedules which was making it increasingly difficult to find windows for upgrades and new releases. Plus, our faculty like getting new releases immediately and in smaller, manageable chunks.”

Looking for one on one support, guidance, or training to address your unique needs?

What’s New in Learn Ultra?

When is 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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