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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.

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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