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Current Migration Stage: Welcome to Ultra Base Navigation

Ultra and Data-Informed Instruction

Meagan Knoll from the Seidman College of Business Management department shares how data can inform instruction and shared a moving story about making a student intervention after analyzing her Blackboard Ultra course data.

Did you know we have 258 faculty already teaching in Bb Learn Ultra?  

Hear from more Ultra Champions!

What the migration means for you

  • Starting with Spring/Summer 2023, all courses will use the new, much-updated Ultra Course View.  The Ultra course experience focuses on:
    • Improved workflows and seamless transition between mobile devices and desktops.
    • An updated personalized interface that focuses on the learning process.
    • Embedded analytics to help keep students informed about their progress and tells faculty quantitative stories about their students’ learning.
    • Monthly Bb releases of new tools and updates allowing GVSU to adapt dynamically and progressively.
  • 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.

What does an Ultra course look like? What are some suggestions for how to organize materials in Ultra? Watch this video for some ideas!

Credit: Michael Reagan, MPNL / Stephanie Webber, eLearning

Who's Already Using Ultra Course View?


Keri Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Rick VanderMolen

Christina Beaudoin
Exercise Science

Raymond Higbea
Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration

Lara Jaskiewicz
Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration


Alisha Karabinus
Digital Studies

George Lundskow

Melissa Morison

Jeffrey Rothstein

Daniel Giedeman

Grand Valley faculty discuss the benefits of switching to Blackboard Ultra.

Hear from more Ultra Champions!

Hear even more success stories on our Ultra Champions page.

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Record Numbers Attend Blackboard Ultra Workshops

On Friday February 3, 2023, eLearning Technologies held two in-person workshops devoted to Blackboard Ultra. Over 70 faculty and staff from across the university attended the events in the Kirkhof Center’s Pere Marquette room. On hand to lead one of the workshops and answer questions were representatives from Anthology, Blackboard's parent company.

Learn More

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.4/12/23, 4/28/23, 5/3/23 (12:00 pm - 1:00pm)

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.

Drop-in Bb Ultra Office Hours 
We have two graduate assistants who are available Monday - Friday (9 - 4) to help with Ultra questions.  Stop by KHS 4450 on the Allendale campus. No appointment is necessary. Daniel Rikkers and Sam Nyarega are ready and eager to help you with Bb Ultra. 

Blackboard Ultra Essentials 
This webinar is recommended for faculty/staff, who are comfortable learning new applications on their own and want to learn the most commonly used features of Blackboard Ultra.  
4/24/23, 4/27/23, 5/9/23, 8/16/23  (11:00 am - noon)
5/1/23, 6/19/23, 8/14/23 (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)
4/27/23, 6/22/23, 8/10/23 (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Bb Ultra Lunch-and-Learns – Q&A Sessions 
*All sessions begin at 12 noon.  Bring your questions about Bb Ultra.  
4/3/23 4/5/23, 4/11/23, 4/13/23, 4/17/23, 4/19/23, 4/25/23, 4/27/23, 5/2/23, 5/4/23, 5/8/23, 5/10/23

Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon Sessions
*Webinars are scheduled for 3 hours.  During Zoom sessions, participants will be put in breakout rooms with dedicated members of the eLearning team for guided practice. 
4/11/23                9 am – 12 pm       MAK B-2-226 (Allendale)
4/11/23                1 pm – 3 pm         119E DEV (Pew Campus)
4/12/23                9 am – 12 pm       RFH 404 (Health Campus)
4/13/23                1 pm – 3 pm         DCIH (Health Campus)
4/14/23                9 am – 12 pm       Zoom
4/17/23                1 pm – 4 pm         MAK B-2-226 (Allendale)
4/18/23                9 am – 11 am       119E DEV (Pew Campus)
7/27/23                1 pm – 4 pm         Zoom
8/18/23                9 am – 12 pm       Zoom  

Bb Ultra Show-and-Tell
Want some advice about how to organize your Ultra course?   Come and see how our early Bb Ultra adopters are organizing their courses and teaching in Ultra.
4/13/23 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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).
( information on a future date for this session will be released soon )

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.
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

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Using Data in Learn Ultra
(5/11/23 11 am - noon and 6/6/23 1pm - 2pm)
Holding every student accountable and identifying individuals who are falling behind is made easier in the Blackboard Learn Ultra experience. This webinar will focus on the data and analytics that are available throughout your Ultra Course and include an overview of Blackboard’s Assessment and Accreditation solution, EAC Visual Data. During the session, we’ll guide instructors through the assignment analytics, student progress analytics, and course data that will allow you to measure and boost your students’ performance.

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Communication Tools
(5/11/23 1pm - 2pm and 8/21/23 10am - 11am)
Learn how to communicate with students in Blackboard Ultra using notifications, messages, discussions, conversations, and announcements.

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
(5/16/23 2pm - 3pm, 6/29/23 10am - 11am and 8/22/23 10am - 11am)
Learn how to navigate and use the gradebook. You can access grades from Ultra Base Navigation or from the Gradebook tab in a course.

Blackboard Ultra Special Topics
Content Market
(5/18/23 11am - 12 ppm, 7/11/23 2pm - 3pm, and 8/23/23 10am - 11am)
Learn how to utilize course tools from the content market, which include the accessibility report, Google assignments, Panopto videos, quizzes, and assignments, Zoom, Hypothesis, etc.

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

Watch short video tutorials about its main features on this video playlist.

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

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


Photo Roster, Bb Bookmark and Mobile Considerations

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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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