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Blackboard Ultra Courses


What are Blackboard Ultra Courses?

Blackboard Ultra Courses are a completely redesigned course experience within the existing Blackboard landscape.  Ultra Courses have a cleaner, more modern design with easy-to-use workflows and powerful new tools. 

Blackboard Ultra Courses are currently in limited release for our Preview Group instructors, with plans for wider release later this academic year.  If you are interested in being part of our preview group, review the additional materials below and sign up for a consultation to discuss next steps. 

Join the preview group

Step 1: Is Ultra right for me?


Feature Changes

Ensure Ultra Courses' feature changes will meet your needs and keep your classes running smoothly.



Publisher & Add-on Compatibility

Ensure Ultra Courses are currently compatible with your preferred publishers and add-ons before making the change.


Step 2: Schedule a consultation 


Get Started

Why Ultra Courses?

Modern Look

Content is displayed on a single page, with folders that expand and collapse so it is easier for students to find the content they need.  Tools are contextual to reduce clicks and content appears in the course using peek layers that slide from the right.

New Ways to Add Content

Quickly add files, links, assessments, and other content wherever you want. With a brand-new text editor, the ability to drag and drop files directly to the course content area and integration with cloud storage, building content has never been easier.

Build Complex Content as Documents

The Ultra Courses contain a new content type called Document that allows you to build complex pages with a mix of text, images, videos and files.  Best of all, Documents are optimized for mobile devices so students can view them directly from a smartphone browser.

Conversations for Student Questions

You can enable conversations for Documents, Assignments and Tests that will allow students to ask for help, share sources or answer questions that others have, with the conversation being tied to that specific content.

Grading Enhancements

The default view of your Gradebook, Item List, allows you to quickly see how many students have submitted an assignment/assessment, how many you need to grade and how many grades need to be posted.  Grades are kept private until you are ready to post them.  Past due assessments are automatically assigned a zero.  And you can set accommodations once for a student and apply that to all assessments.

Communicating with Students

You can get to know your students by viewing their profile pictures in your Roster, Gradebook, Discussions, Conversations and Messages.  In Ultra Courses you communicate with your students via Messages rather than email, and unlike email, Messages keeps a record of the sent messages.  Course Announcements appear as a pop-ups in your course.