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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.

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June 2020 Release

Journals are here!
This month’s release also introduces further enhancements to discussions, assessment scoring and media embedding.

This month, the phased release of Bb Annotate for inline grading continues. Plus, the Learn SaaS release v3800.11.0 was released to production environments. Highlights of these include: 

Ultra Course View 

  • Journals – This highly-requested feature is now available in the Ultra Course View. Instructors can create a journal assignment, add it to learning modules, apply conditional release, grade it, and include a rubric. Journal assignments appear in the Activity Stream. Students and instructors can discuss the entry in the Comments section below the student’s journal entry. Plus, this is just the beginning. There's much more functionality planned for later this year.

  • Discussions included in “Copy Content” The “Copy Content” tool has been expanded to include Discussions, so instructors with a discussion in one Ultra course can now copy it to others.

  • Students can embed media from integrated tools – Students can now add links and embed media from integrated tools using the Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) standard. When using the content editor in tools such as Discussion Boards and Assignments, students will now be able to access a list of integrated LTI Tools, choose resources, and include them in their authored content. This will allow students to add media and resources from tools such as Kaltura, among many others. Administrators must configure which tool placements are appropriate for student use and access.

  • Score per question – Instructors can now deactivate the “Score per Question” assessment default to choose not to show score per question feedback.

  • Bb Annotate for inline grading – The phased release of Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading continues this month. 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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