Current Migration Stage: Welcome to Ultra Base Navigation
Stage 2: Ultra Base Navigation

Things to Know

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

Important Changes

Several tools are no longer available now that Blackboard has moved to the cloud.

  • The Photo Roster tool is no longer supported. If you used this tool in the past, we encourage you to ask students to update their Blackboard profile picture. These photos show in several areas of your Blackboard course site.
    • Students can follow these instructions to update their profile picture. Students may also watch this video to learn how to update their profile in Ultra Base Navigation. 
  • Qwickly is also no longer available.

The web address for Blackboard has changed. You will now find Blackboard at

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

More Ways to Learn about Ultra

To get a sneak peek of Blackboard Ultra courses and watch short video tutorials on primary functionality, be sure to check out this video playlist.

Base Navigation Video Overviews

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. 

Find Zoom 101 webinars on Sprout

Visit Grand Valley's Zoom website

Explore a comparison of Zoom and Collaborate

Download the comparison as an Acrobat PDF

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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Are you a faculty member and interested in getting an early start to using Ultra Course View this summer? Complete this form and we will contact you about joining our Ultra Pioneers during the spring/summer 2022 term.

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Page last modified May 25, 2022