What you need to know now

  • The first step of the migration—moving Grand Valley's Blackboard to the cloud—is complete!

  • Blackboard courses will look and function as they did in the past, but the Blackboard portal page now features Ultra Base Navigation. This will impact how everyone finds their courses and organizations. Watch this video to learn more and explore the additional videos listed below.
  • If you access Blackboard on a mobile device, please delete the app and re-install it. See the Blackboard mobile app page for installation and getting started information.
  • Please update your Blackboard bookmark to lms.gvsu.edu

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.

  • Much more information is available on the LMS migration website. Please visit it to learn more about the migration and what Blackboard Ultra has to offer. You can also find a list of frequently asked questions for faculty as well as students.
  • The eLearning Technologies team will be partnering with their assigned liaison areas for specialized training opportunities. 
  • Faculty who would like to participate as an early adopter/pioneer are encouraged to fill out this form so that we can send you information about training opportunities during the spring/summer 2022 semester.


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: it@gvsu.edu
Call: (616) 331-2101

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

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Tech Tips from eLearning

How to install Duo for MFA

Grand Valley uses Duo as a way to further increase the security of our systems. The term for this is "multi-factor authentication", or MFA for short. This video explains how to request a Duo account and install it.

Logging-in to Blackboard with Duo

This video explains the process of how to sign-in to Blackboard using Duo multi-factor authentication.

What's New from eLearning


You Survived!

May 12, 2022

7 Days and Counting

April 26, 2022

33 Days and Counting

March 31, 2022


Ultra Base Navigation: An Overview

May 24, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Zoom 101

May 26, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ultra Base Navigation: An Overview

June 1, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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."

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