Current Migration Stage: Welcome to Ultra Base Navigation

Ultra in Action

Rosemary Cleveland of the College of Education and Community Innovation talks about how students love the organization that Ultra Course View provides.

Hear from more Ultra Champions!

What the migration means for you

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Visit the eLearning page for a schedule of training opportunities for learning how to use Ultra Course View.
    • 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.

Who's Already Using Ultra Course View?


Debra Bayus

Eliza MacDonald
Athletic Training

Joy Oslund

MaDonna Adkins Princer

Jennifer Winther


Parag Uma Kosalge

Catherine D'Amour

Catherine Forslund

John Schmit
Visual and Media Arts

Charles Pazdernik

Eliza MacDonald of the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training department talks about the positive changes in the Ultra Grade Center and her student's reactions to the calendar and the activity stream. 

Hear from more Ultra Champions!

Hear even more success stories on our Ultra Champions page.

The Migration Timeline

Moving to the Cloud

Stage 1: Moving to the Cloud

Learning Ultra

Stage 2: Conversion to Ultra Course View

Ultra Course View

Stage 3

About the Migration

In Winter 2021, Grand Valley began a process of selecting a new learning management system (LMS). Ultimately the decision was made to migrate to Blackboard's Learn Ultra product.

Read an overview about the Migration

Get to Know Blackboard Learn Ultra

Ultra Base Navigation

Learn more about UBN in a webinar. These sessions can be found in Sprout.
12/19/22, 1/5/23, 1/11/23     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
1/18/23    10:30am - 12:00pm 

Watch these video overviews of Ultra Base Navigation:

Knowledge Base Articles

Ultra Course View

Blackboard Sponsored Training

Self-Paced Training
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. Faculty can experiment in their Practice Test Course, or request an Ultra Course View template site.

Fall 2022-Winter 2023 Blackboard Ultra Lunch-and-Learn Series
Join us virtually every week during the lunch hour for a series of getting started with Bb Ultra topics.  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 12 noon.

Winter 2023 Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon Sessions
The transition from Blackboard Classic to Blackboard Ultra will require faculty to think differently about presenting course content. Learn how to use Blackboard Ultra to present your content in a dynamic format for your students. We will help you put into practice Ultra’s functionality through guided instruction. 

*Webinars begin at 9 am and are scheduled for 3 hours. 
1/27/23, 2/10/23, 2/24/23, 3/3/23, 3/24/23, 4/14/23

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, as well as plenty of examples on the following topics for designing and building your course.

Step 1:  Foundational Items
Foundational Items needed for the first step will be discussed (Syllabus, Course Schedule, Learning Objectives, Begin Here/Welcome content, Navigation instruction, and more).
3/21/23 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Step 2:  Assessments
Assessments ideas for student engagement and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
4/18/23 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Step 3:  Activities
Learning activity ideas for student engagement, rubrics, and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
11/29/22     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
5/9//23     2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Step 4:  Navigation
5/30/23  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Step 5:  Tech Check
6/20/23 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Visit our eLearning Technologies webinar page to see a complete list of Blackboard Ultra training options. 

To get a sneak peek of Blackboard Ultra courses and watch short video tutorials about its main features, check out this video playlist.

Faculty can also browse our growing list of Ultra Knowledge Base articles.

See our Top 10 Bb Tools which compare Bb Classic vs Bb Ultra features.

Important LMS Changes

Fall 2022

  • 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.
  • Qwickly, a tool for attendance and multi-course messaging, is no longer available.
  • The web address for Blackboard has changed. You will now find Blackboard at
  • 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.

Have Questions or Want to Learn More?

Please visit our Instructor Resources for Blackboard Ultra page in the Service Portal Knowledge Base, or the Student Resources for Blackboard Ultra page.

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