Blackboard Migration to Cloud-Hosting (SaaS)

Blackboard Migration and Learn Ultra


Discover the new modern base navigation, no change to course view or data, and all the benefits of cloud-hosting! 

As of January 1st, 2019, Blackboard migration to the cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environment is complete.

Users should clear the cache of the browser(s) before log on.

At the same Blackboard URL '' users will now discover:       

  • At first log on, users will see the modernized landing page, a new Activity Stream feature, and accessible USD support links. Users will find the same course list and organization lists as before. 
  • After selecting a course from their list, users will find the familiar 'original' course view with the same course navigation, interface, and features. All content and student data will be intact. 
  • Less obvious, but appreciable over time will be the subtle improvements to this 'original course experience' and no downtime for product upgrades and support. 

Explore this web page for an overview of the new base navigation screen, description of features and benefits, and training links to learn more about the SaaS continuous delivery Product Releases in the new environment.

Note: After the migration, ATS will commence with an early pilot of Learn Ultra, a next generation product. Refer to the Learn Ultra Pilot web page for details.

Faculty Workshops

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Faculty Bootcamp - Jan. 23rd, 24th, & 25th

Student Training

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The left-hand 'base navigation' links to your profile, and your Courses and Organizations lists. New to all users will be the Activity Stream, a pipeline view of all course activity. On the new landing page, we recommend you:

this is an animated gif showing the new landing page. the course list, support resources, activity stream are highlighted.




After selecting a course from your Courses list, you will find the original course view with the same instructor interface, navigation, features, and tools.   

a screen shot of the instructor editing mode after migration it is exactly the same

The current dashboard landing page displays your Courses and Organizations list as Modules, with support information in the upper right.  

this is an animated gif showing the current welcome page and highlighting the support link, courses list and organizations list

Profound, Long Term Benefits

see the archive of communications for description of timeline milestones and dates.


Moving Blackboard to the Learn SaaS platform and modern cloud computing architecture has profound benefits to the end user in the near and longer term, including: 

  • 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. 

Migration Communications Archive

  • Jan. 1st, 2019: Blackboard is Back Up!
  • Dec. 20th, 2018 Blackboard Migration - Final Reminder
  • Dec. 17th: Blackboard Migration - Things You Should Know! (To: Students)
  • Dec. 10th, 2018: Blackboard Migration Reminder
  • Nov. 14th, 2018: Reminder! Blackboard to be inaccessible 12/26/18 - 1/1/19
  • Nov. 8th, 2018: Faculty Considerations for Blackboard Migration
  • Sept. 19th, 2018: Blackboard Migration and Ultra - Get Started!
  • Sept. 1st, 2018 Grace Period Added! Blackboard archive extended to 9/7/18!
  • Aug 23, 2018: Blackboard Migration - Archive your courses and Orgs by September 1, 2018
  • August 15th, 2018: Blackboard Migration - Archiving your Org is Needed
  • August 2018: ATS Newsletter - Technology Updates
  • July 27th, 2018: ACTION IS NEEDED: Please Save and Archive your Blackboard Courses
  • May 18, 2018: ATS Newsletter - Technology Updates

FAQs about the Migration

  • Will we be moving to 'Ultra' after migration?
  • Will I be able to grade during winter break? Can I use the Grade Center offline?
  • How do I archive a Blackboard Course?