What you need to know now

  • From now through April 2023, course sites in Blackboard look and function as they did before the start of the migration.

  • Starting with Spring/Summer 2023, all courses will use the new, much updated Ultra Course View.

  • Faculty have until then to move their courses from Classic Course View to Ultra Course View.
    • eLearning has made available a variety of training opportunities for faculty to learn how to use Ultra Course View. These will be offered multiple times throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
    • Every faculty member has their own "Ultra Practice Test Course" where they can begin exploring how to use Ultra Course View.
    • All faculty have been enrolled in a Blackboard site named "Blackboard Learn Ultra Self-Paced Training." You can use this site to become familiar with Ultra Course View at your own pace.
    • Hear from our early adopters about their experiences teaching in Ultra courses.

General Migration Information

Over the next several months, there will be regular communication to the campus community as we prepare to equip and support faculty and students in the transition to the new enhanced Blackboard Learn Ultra platform.

Learning Ultra Course View

simple illustration of a goose holding a light bulb

Training Opportunities

eLearning Technologies is offering a variety of training opportunities for faculty to learn Ultra Course View.

Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn

  • Join us virtually every week during the lunch hour for a series of getting started with Bb Ultra topics.  Topics include Creating and Organizing Content in Ultra, Assessments, Tests, Grading, Communications, and using Discussions. Webinars will be offered in 50-minute segments with 20-25 minutes allotted for demonstrations and the remaining time available for questions. All webinars will begin at noon.

Blackboard Ultra Course Build-a-thon Sessions

  • Join the eLearning Technologies team to learn how to set up your course in Blackboard Ultra. This series is a deeper dive training with dedicated time for guided hands-on practice and course building.

5 Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra

  • This is a five-part series scheduled once a month between 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on the last Tuesday of the month. 

Visit the eLearning Webinars page

Learning Ultra Base Navigation

Learn about Ultra Base Navigation (UBN)

Learn about Ultra Base Navigation (UBN)

In this short video, you are introduced to Ultra Base Navigation and the new Blackboard Portal which will be available beginning May 8, 2022 at lms.gvsu.edu

Finding Courses and Organizations in UBN

This short video provides an overview of where to find your courses and organizations in Ultra Base Navigation.

About eLearning

About eLearning

eLearning Technologies provides a wide array of services and resources designed to facilitate a cohesive and seamless digital learning experience for students at GVSU -  through supporting faculty in delivering high-quality, high-impact, high-engagement innovative teaching. 

We support faculty, contribute to teaching excellence, and enhance student success through:

  • IDeL
    Exemplary Instructional Design for Online and Hybrid Courses
  • Teaching with Technology
    Effective Application of Instructional Technologies
  • Blackboard
    Learning Management System Enhancement
  • Digital Studio
    Interactive Digital Media Development
  • We also partner with the Atomic Object Technology Showcase to bring innovative emerging technologies to GVSU.

Email Us: [email protected]
Call: (616) 331-2101

Hours: 8:30 am - 4pm, Monday through Friday
24x7 After Hours Support is Available

Login to Blackboard

What's New from eLearning


5 Steps for Course Design - STEP 3 Activities

November 29, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Blackboard Ultra Essentials

December 14, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Blackboard Ultra Essentials

December 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Recent Updates

  • We're happy to announce that we have a new Class Photo Roster, which is now found in Banner. This new way to find your students' ID photos can be found in the GVSU Faculty/Staff Additional Banner Applications "Class List" tool.

  • The Blackboard portal page now features Ultra Base Navigation. This impacts how faculty and students find their courses and organizations. Watch this video to learn more.

  • Please update your Blackboard bookmark to lms.gvsu.edu

Students share the value of online and hybrid learning at GVSU

“I chose to take an online class because I was given an opportunity to take an incredible internship on the other side of the country. In order to graduate, I needed to take an online course that fits into my schedule and graduation requirements.”

- Adam Chlebek

"Supporting faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning."

Credits: Bird Tangram Puzzle by irene hoffman from NounProject.com ; Light Bulb by Numero Uno from NounProject.com

Page last modified November 15, 2022