Current Migration Stage: Welcome to Ultra Base Navigation
Stage 2: Conversion to Ultra Course View

What this 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.
    • eLearning will soon publicize the schedule of training opportunities for faculty to learn how to use Ultra Course View. These will be offered multiple times through ought 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.

Important Changes

  • 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.

Moving to the Cloud

Stage 1: Moving to the Cloud

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.

  • Tuesday 8/9 @ 1pm
  • Monday 8/15 @1pm
  • Thursday 8/18 @11am
  • Wednesday 8/24 @1pm
  • Tuesday 8/30 @11am
  • Thursday 9/8 @11am
  • Wednesday 9/14 @1pm
  • Monday 9/19 @11am
  • Tuesday 9/27 @1pm

Watch these video overviews of Ultra Base Navigation:

Knowledge Base Articles

Ultra Course View

Please note: Campus-wide training for Ultra Course View will begin in August 2022.   All faculty will be given access to a self-paced Ultra training Blackboard course and eLearning Technologies will also be offering a variety of training options.

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.

Blackboard Ultra Course Build-a-thon Sessions 
Broken into four different Friday morning sessions (9 am - 12:00 pm) with topics repeated throughout the semester, participants will have extended hands-on opportunities to “put into practice” Ultra’s new functionality through guided and individual time in each virtual training session.  Register for each session separately. 

Session 1: Blackboard Ultra Essentials

Session 2: Blackboard Ultra Assessments and Tests

Session 3: Blackboard Ultra Gradebook

Session 4: Panopto, Zoom, Respondus, & Other 3rd Party Tools

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.  
Note:  Step 4 and Step 5 are coming Winter 2023 semester.  Register for each part separately.  

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).
9/27/22     12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Step 2:  Assessments
Assessments ideas for student engagement and components available in Ultra will be discussed.
10/25/22     12:00pm - 1:00pm 

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

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.

From Collaborate to Zoom

Starting with Fall 2022, GVSU will no longer be offering Blackboard Collaborate. Instead, faculty are asked to use Zoom.  Bb Collaborate will be disabled beginning August 17, 2022.

Faculty—Have Questions?

This page is intended to be an overview of Grand Valley's migration to Blackboard Ultra. We know you'll have additional questions about the migration process and how it will affect you. Visit our Faculty Frequently Asked Questions page, which we've designed to help you find the answers you need.

Get Answers!

Students—Have Questions?

Students have questions too. Check out our Student Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on how the move to Blackboard Ultra will affect your digital learning.

Get Answers!

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