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Take a look at the new Blackboard Learn Ultra.

Designed with a modern, intuitive, personalized interface, Blackboard Learn™ with the Ultra experience (Learn Ultra) engages your students and eases the burden on you. With timesaving tools and a streamlined design, it's never been easier to teach and learn on any device.

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Kate Drabinski, Ph.D.
“I am in love with the Blackboard Ultra interface right now. So clean! So streamlined! #grading #soUltra”
Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.
“I found myself pleasantly surprised with the new Ultra user interface, and appreciate the cross-course perspective for faculty, which enables me to efficiently communicate with students and manage my content. I also find the new interface to be more learner-centric.”
Geoff Price, Ph.D.
“Both faculty and students find the Ultra Course View more visually appealing and user friendly.”
Tiffany Cantrell
“Faculty and students have shared that the Ultra Base Navigation is easy to use and that they like the design of it. Being an iPad school, students also value the responsiveness of the interface across all devices.”
Alison Stone
“The faculty members who are trying Learn Ultra are especially impressed with the cleaner interface, the ease of navigation, and that the experience is consistent with the mobile app.”

Why Learn Ultra?

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Save Time

Easily engage students, get the information you need, and manage courses with fewer clicks.

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Teach on the Go

Easily accomplish all your activities from your tablet or smartphone via the web browser or mobile app.

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Drive Success

Continuously drive improvement with embedded insights into accessibility, learner engagement, and academic performance.

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Go Beyond the Traditional LMS

Take advantage of seamless, deeply integrated tools like publisher content, 3rd party tools, and other Blackboard tools.

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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.

Learn Ultra Admin Support Panel
July 2020 Release

Administrators, you’re going to love the new support panel released this month. But we didn’t stop there. Read more about Learn's new system permissions, enhancements to course discussions, and more.

The Learn SaaS release v3800.13.0 was released to production environments on July 2, 2020.

Highlights include:

Ultra Base Navigation & Ultra Course View:

  • Administrator support panel – It's now even easier for administrators to find self-help resources while in Learn Ultra. Just select the help icon in the lower-right corner to access this new support panel that provides quick links to Blackboard Help, Behind the Blackboard links and more.
  • System permissions for brands – With this release, we’ve added two new system permissions—View Ultra Settings and Change Ultra Settings—to allow more granular access to certain areas of the Admin Panel.
  • API updates - We’ve added the ability to provide public APIs to Read Institutional Hierarchy Nodes, and APIs to access and manage user avatars.

Ultra Course View:

  • Course Discussion improvements – To further simplify workflows, instructors can now decide if they want students to generate their own discussions or not. By default, students won’t be able to create discussions. When students are allowed to create discussions, a label appears under discussion titles to show they were student-created. Additionally, the grader role now requires permission from the administrator to modify a discussion, and students are able to delete their discussions given no one else has responded.
  • Bb Annotate for inline grading – This month completes our phased release of Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading. Bb Annotate offers a robust feature set including a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, and various color selections. It replaces the New Box View integration in both Original and Ultra Course Views. To find out more, visit the Bb Annotate Communication & Adoption Toolkit and the Bb Annotate release plan.

View all the details in the Learn SaaS release notes

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