Blackboard Learn Ultra Pilot

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The Ultra experience for Blackboard Learn is a new, user experience that is modern, intuitive, and personalized. It is characterized by simplified workflows and an accessible, fully responsive design – making it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device.

LDC is soliciting faculty input and feedback on the Ultra course experience! The migration to SaaS provides the environment necessary to conduct a pilot of Learn Ultra.

This web page will provide information on Learn Ultra's next-generation design and how you can try your own course in Ultra.  


 Watch the video: Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience. 


Faculty will enjoy the streamlined ULTRA course interface, easier navigation, intuitive design and many added features to support online facilitation. Explore the instructor view and the Blackboard ULTRA site:  



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Take 5 minutes to try out your course in the new Ultra Experience. 

How to Test Your Course in Ultra Preview
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  • Sign Up for CourseSites Preview
  • Download a Current Course Copy 
  • Upload to Preview in Ultra 

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Applications to pilot Blackboard Cloud Hosting and Blackboard Learn Ultra have been reviewed and those accepted have been notified. Return to this web page for updates as to their progress. 

  • USD's Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience will not be enabled after migration, although we now have a viable environment to run a pilot program.
  • The faculty steering committee and ATS will assess institutional readiness alongside the Ultra feature product release schedule. 
  • Blackboard Learn Ultra Pilot Program application form.

The Ultra course experience is streamlined for mobility, responsive design, and fingertip navigation. One of the main objectives of the Ultra Pilot program is to assess the viability and benefits of Ultra in terms of USD's institutional strategy and student academic needs. 

As you Preview Your Course in Ultra you may notice that not every current Blackboard feature will convert. Some of the original view features are not going to be a part of Ultra, others are still in development. The Ultra Pilot will scope the features our faculty use alongside the Ultra and the planned release dates.

Blackboard Ultra product development is listening to feedback from the faculty community King out product features. If you have feedback or suggestions, you can send it to the Blackboard Community page.