Blackboard Ultra

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

Things to know:

  1. First, users should clear the cache of their browser(s) before logging on.
  2. Second, use the same Blackboard URL '' to log on.
  3. Once you log in, you will see the modernized landing page with some new features such as a new Activity Stream feature, Profile, Calendar and Messages.
  4. Click on Courses to see all of your courses; current, past and upcoming.
  5. To learn more, attend workshops, quick start trainings, and orientation sessions, click on the links below. You can also make an appointment with the LDC or visit us in the drop-in center in Barcelona 125. 

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, LDC will commence with an early pilot of Learn Ultra, a next-generation product. Refer to the Learn Ultra Pilot web page for details.

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

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. 

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?