It has been a dynamic year as we have completed the transition to Bb Learn Ultra.   Discover the highlights of the past twelve months and gain insights into how our eLearning Technologies team will persistently assist the GV community in the upcoming semester. 

Be sure to find your dedicated eLearning liaisons, and don't miss out on our engaging Fall 2023 Webinar series.

New Semester Checklist Top 10 Ultra Resources

The New Semester Checklist is a great place to review some of Blackboard's basic and essential functions. Are you looking for tips on getting started with Bb Ultra?  See this knowledge base article for best practices and course design tips. 

Top 10 Bb Ultra Resources

What you need to know now:

Remember the following:


  • eLearning has put together some tips and tricks for how to best copy content from your Classic courses to your Ultra courses
  • See this knowledge base article for best practices and tips for course design in Bb Ultra. 
  • Grand Valley State University uses the Continuous Delivery method, which provides new Bb capabilities and fixes known issues monthly. All system-wide updates are done automatically. Users experience the most recent version of Blackboard Learn Ultra without significant downtime or service interruptions. See the Release Schedule for the planned timeline and the Release Notes for current and upcoming features and improvements.

Bb Idea Exchange for Feature Requests

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Blackboard/Anthology has created an idea exchange for directly engaging with faculty on feature requests. Faculty can sign up for the Idea Exchange and post their suggestions, vote on feature requests others propose, and track their implementation. 

Faculty can also contact their eLearning Liaisons with questions about Bb Ultra features or schedule a consultation

See the Release Schedule and the Release Notes for monthly and upcoming features and improvements.

Learning Ultra Course View

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The eLearning Technologies team is offering a variety of training opportunities for faculty to learn Ultra Course view. Check out our webinar page to register for an Ultra training.

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics

  • Join us virtually every week to learn about different functionality within Bb Ultra.  Topics include Communication tools, Gradebook, Content Market (third-party tools), Assessments, and Data.

Learn from the Champions!

Many faculty have been using Blackboard Ultra Course View for several semesters. They've gladly shared their experiences and advice with the rest of the university.

Learn more by visiting the Ultra Champions page

5 Steps for Course Design using Blackboard Ultra

  • This series uses best practices in course design in the most time-efficient process possible. Each webinar will cover pedagogy and strategies and plenty of examples on the following topics for designing and building your course.

Visit the eLearning Webinars page

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

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Blackboard Ultra Special Topics

September 25, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

5 Steps for Course Design Series

September 26, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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Grand Valley Hosts 2023 miBUG Conference

On Friday May 5, 2023 Grand Valley State University's eLearning Technologies team helped to host the spring 2023 conference for the Michigan Blackboard Users Group. Attendees from almost 20 institutions gathered in person and virtually to share best practices for teaching with Blackboard Learn and learn more about the product's future.

Learn More  Visit the Mobile App

Students share the value of online and hybrid learning at GVSU

“I took a hybrid class because I have an autoimmune disease so it is hard for me to make it to all classes. By taking the class I am able to relieve some of my stress of making it to class.”

- GVSU Student

"Supporting faculty pursuing innovation in teaching and learning."

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