Meet the Ultra Migration Champions
Ultra in Their Own Words

Our Blackboard Learn Ultra migration will come to a close in September 2023. But Grand Valley faculty aren't waiting to make the change! Faculty from across the University have already started teaching with Ultra Course View. Hear their stories! Learn what students love about Ultra.

Megan 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.

Ultra Testimonials

Susan Strouse from the Kirkhof College of Nursing talks about her student's ease of navigating through Ultra Courses as well as their ability to stay on top of assignments. She also addresses the importance of using your Ultra sandbox to begin the transition to Ultra courses. 

Marie VanderKooi from the Kirkhof College of Nursing talks about how Ultra Course View provides benefits for students in their fully online program.

Bradford Dykes from the Statistics Department shares tips for how he has organized his Ultra course content, the importance of the calendar function to help keep his students organized, and reminds faculty about the importance of working with the eLearning liaisons as GVSU transitions from Bb Classic to Bb Ultra. 

Meagan Knoll from the Management department talks about reimagining content, Ultra analytics, and student responses to Ultra Course View.

Kathryn Ohle from Early Childhood Education discusses how Ultra's improved organization and navigation benefit student learning.

Sue Edwards of the Seidman College of Business talks about student reactions to Ultra Course View and the new organizational opportunities it makes possible.

Christina Quick from the Kirkhof College of Nursing talks how Ultra Course View leads to consistent course designs and positive responses from students.

Fabio Espitia from Modern Languages talks about how easy it is to provide student accommodations in Ultra Course View, and how easy it is to navigate in Ultra.

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

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. 

Ultra Course Tours and Show-and-Tells

CIS 238 Blackboard Ultra Course Tour

CIS 238: Internet and Media Programming

Cheryl Kautz, CIS


CIS 231: Problem Solving Using Spreadsheets

Cheryl Kautz, CIS

Wonder what an Ultra course looks like? In this video nine Grand Valley faculty give a tour of their Ultra course sites. Many thanks to:

Rachel Anderson (English / Digital Studies)
Susan Strouse (Nursing)
Brittland DeKorver (Chemistry)
Sue Edwards (Finance)
Fabio Espitia (Spanish)
Jeff Rothstein (Sociology)
Paul Cullen (Management)
Rosemary Cleveland (Education)
Mary Jo Smith (Chemistry)

Kathryn Ohle, CECI, Early Childhood Education

Vinicius Lima, CLAS, Visual and Media Arts

Susan Edwards, Seidman College of Business, Finance

Meagan Knoll, SCB, Management

Scott Truskowski, CHP, Occupational Science and Therapy

Kristin Hedges, CLAS, Anthropology

Rosemary Cleveland, CECI, Teaching & Learning

Marcia Frobish, CLAS, Mathematics

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