Blackboard Cloud Hosting (SaaS) and Learn Ultra

Blackboard Migration and Learn Ultra

Moving Blackboard to the Learn SaaS platform offers USD a similar Blackboard experience but delivers on a modern cloud computing architecture for increased stability, data recovery, and faster roadmap delivery. While the look and feel of our platform will undergo a few enhancements, there are significant benefits to the end-user that may not be as obvious.

These benefits include:

  • Zero impact to students and faculty during updates. New features, fixes, and enhancements are delivered with no downtime or routine maintenance windows. 
  • Scalability- The platform easily scales during high usage periods and utilizes 2 data centers for recovery and back-ups.
  • Monitoring- Blackboard support of the system is 24x7x365 with hosting on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Integrations- Utilizing industry standards, SaaS hosting allows for tighter integrations between third-party technologies, tools and publishing content.
  • Faster Roadmap Releases- SaaS allows USD to pilot Blackboard's next generation course experience, Ultra. With consolidated workflows and integration of data, faculty and students can experience the latest in this streamlined user experience. 
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Blackboard SaaS - Interface Changes and Options

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DRAFT 2.0 Migration Phases 

*This timeline is intended to provide a graphical overview of migration and adoption of the Learn Ultra platform. The actual project plan and milestones are subject to change based on various factors such as resource, testing, and feature roadmap/rollout.