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Ultra Course Pilot Program


You’re Invited: Experience Blackboard Ultra Courses 

Ultra Courses view

Blackboard Ultra Courses is a new course view that offers a more modern, intuitive, and personalized interface. With a simplified workflow and an accessible, fully responsive design, Ultra Courses will make it easier to teach and learn from any device. 

Be one of the first instructors to experience Blackboard Ultra Courses. CITL and ITS are looking for faculty who are ready to experience Blackboard Ultra Courses, and provide valuable input and feedback. 

If you would like to participate in our early pilot program, please fill out this form.  The questionnaire will help us identify potential courses/faculty to participate in this first phase of the pilot. 

Application deadline based on the term you are planning to teach in Ultra:

  • Summer 2021 - April 16, 2021
  • Fall 2021 - July 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 - TBD

 

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

Modern Look 

Content is displayed on a single page, with folders that expand and collapse so it is easier for students to find the content they need. Tools are contextual to reduce clicks and content appears in the course using peek layers that slide from the right. 

New Ways to Add Content 

Quickly add files, links, assessments, and other content wherever you want. With a brand-new text editor, the ability to drag and drop files directly to the course content area and integration with cloud storage, building content has never been easier. 

Build Complex Content as Documents 

The Ultra Courses contain a new content type called Document that allows you to build complex pages with a mix of text, images, videos and files. Best of all, Documents are optimized for mobile devices so students can view them directly from a smartphone browser. 

Conversations for Student Questions 

You can enable conversations for Documents, Assignments and Tests that will allow students to ask for help, share sources or answer questions that others have, with the conversation being tied to that specific content.  

Grading Enhancements 

The default view of your Gradebook, Item List, allows you to quickly see how many students have submitted an assignment/assessment, how many you need to grade and how many grades need to be posted. Grades are kept private until you are ready to post them. Past due assessments are automatically assigned a zero. And you can set accommodations once for a student and apply that to all assessments.

Be one of the first instructors to experience Blackboard Ultra Courses. CITL and ITS are looking for faculty who are ready to experience Blackboard Ultra Courses, and provide valuable input and feedback. 

In the early phase of pilot program we will be accepting a limited number of faculty and courses to go through the program. The goal of the pilot is to explore the faculty and student experience in this environment which will help to prepare for the possibility of a larger roll-out of Ultra Courses in the distant future.

Once faculty are selected to participate in the pilot program, they will be working closely with CITL instructional designers to ensure that the transition to Ultra Courses is as successful as possible. CITL staff will continuously support the faculty and courses throughout the process including before, during, and after the course is offered in Ultra Courses. 

If you would like to participate, please fill out the application form. After submission, your application will be evaluated and a CITL staff member will contact you regarding potential future steps.  

Application deadline based on the term you are planning to teach in Ultra:

  • Summer 2021 - April 16, 2021
  • Fall 2021 - July 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 - TBD

 

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