Ohio University

Search within:

Feature changes in Blackboard Ultra

Original Feature Ultra Feature Status in Ultra Details
Achievements To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Add/Modify Enrollments Roster, Enroll People Available with Limitations Beginning on May 6 instructors will be able to add students to their Ultra Courses. If any other extra users are needed, such as a TA or secondary instructor the instructor would need to contact the IT Service Desk to request that the user be added. 
Adaptive Release Conditional Availability Available  
Additional Attempts to students in specific Assessment Additional Attempts to students in specific Assessments Available with Limitations Due date exceptions will be coming in the future
Anonymous Grading Anonymous Grading Available  
Announcements Course Announcements Available   
Assignments Assignments Available Student Submission Receipts now available
Attendance Attendance Available  
Audio/Video Feedback Audio/Video Feedback Available  
Blackboard Mobile App Blackboard Mobile App Available There are two available Blackboard Mobile Applications.  The Blackboard app is the one intended for Students, while the Instructor app has additional features that allow some grading.
Blank Page Documents Available with Changes Documents in Ultra Courses more closely resemble a web page. They can include images, text and uploaded files.
Blogs To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Bulk Download of Assessments Bulk Download of Assessments Available Now available for Ultra Courses.
Calculated Formula Calculated Formula Available This question type is now available in Ultra Courses.
Calculated Numeric To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Calculated Numeric test type is being considered for inclusion in Ultra.
Calendar Calendar Available  
Calendar - Export Calendar - Export Available Exports synch with the calendar multiple times daily.
Not Available in Original Calendar - Import New Feature ICS files only, and they do not update.
Contacts N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses.
Content Editor Content Editor Available with Changes Ultra Courses uses a different Content Editor than Original Courses. There is no ability to edit HTML, and you can only embed certain media types. 
Course Banner To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses. 
Course Builder Role To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Course Link Course Link Available with Limitations You can now create course links to some content and tool types in Ultra Courses.  Additional features are planned for Ultra Courses.
Course Menu N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses. 
Course Merge N/A Discontinued The instructor facing tool is not compatible with Ultra Courses. The process can still be completed by an admin. The instructor would need to contact the IT Service Desk to request that the courses be merged.
Course Messages Course Messages Available Additional features planned for Ultra Courses.
Course Reports Student Activity Available with Changes Reporting capabilities are different. 
Course Structures N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses.
Course Themes To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Course Surveys To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Date Management Bulk Edit Available with Limitations Limitation: You can only edit within a single folder at a time; you cannot bulk edit items within and across folders at the same time. 
Decimal Points in Tests Decimal Points in Tests Available Decimal points in tests is now supported in Ultra Courses.
Delegated Grading Parallel Grading Available with Limitations There can be only 2 graders specified, graders cannot be assigned subsets of students, graders cannot also be reconcilers, graders cannot see the rubrics/scores or feedback submitted by other graders, and students can only view the rubric/score and feedback submitted by the reconciler. 
Discussions Discussions Available with Changes

In Ultra Courses, discussions with grading enabled have a detailed Discussion Analysis feature that provides insight on the level of complexity and critical thinking of a student's posts compared to their classmates. Additional capabilities are planned.

Limitation: You cannot prevent students from editing or deleting their posts, but replies are not deleted when posts are deleted. Subscriptions are not available, but discussion posts are included in the Activity Stream and daily notifications. 

Not Available in Original Discussion Analysis New Feature Discussion analytics provide you with insights to forum participants and activity. This information can help you identify students who are participating or may need help and encouragement.
Dropping Grades Dropping Grades Available with Limitations Now in Ultra Courses, users will be able to drop X grades within a category when using the overall grade calculation by categories.
Edit Mode N/A Discontinued You are always able to edit or create content in an Ultra Course, and all content you are working with is by default hidden from the students until you choose to show it.  So Edit Mode is no longer required.
Embed Media Embed Media Available with Limitations Limitation: Video can only be embedded from select sources, including YouTube and Vimeo. For other platforms, such as social media or news site, you will need to simply create a link to the video. 
Files Upload or Insert Local Files Available with Limitations Upload files from desktop or cloud storage. Files can also be dragged and dropped into your course. Files need to be downloaded to open, you can no longer embed them.
Folders Folders Available with Changes

Folders now expand and collapse rather than opening a new page. 

Limitation: Folders can only be nested 2 levels deep.

Glossary N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses.
Grade Center Gradebook Available with Limitations Student list or grid views are available. You can search and filter in the gradebook.  By default students only see the Total in their My Grades, all other items must be made explicitly available to them.  We recommend attending one of Blackboard's Gradebook webinars or watching their YouTube videos for more details of the changes. 
Groups Groups Available with Changes

Groups can be created manually or generated randomly. They can be created in three different places within a course and can be used for any of the following purposes: Course Groups, Discussion Groups, Assignment Groups.

Groups - Manual Enrollment Groups - Manual Enrollment Available with Changes Groups can be created in three different places within a course and can be used for any of the following purposes: Course Groups, Discussion Groups, Assignment Groups.
Groups - Random Enrollment Groups - Random Enrollment Available with Changes Groups can be created in three different places within a course and can be used for any of the following purposes: Course Groups, Discussion Groups, Assignment Groups.
Groups - Self Enrollment Groups - Self Enrollment Available with Changes Groups can be created in three different places within a course and can be used for any of the following purposes: Course Groups, Discussion Groups, Assignment Groups.
Not Available in Original Insert Item from Web New Feature Ultra Courses natively embed videos from multiple websites including: Panopto, FlipGrid, SlideShare, Prezi, VoiceThread, Vimeo, and YouTube.
Not Available in Original Institution based cloud storage New Feature  
Item Document Available with Changes Documents in Ultra Courses more closely resemble a web page. They can include images, text and uploaded files. 
Item Analysis Question Analysis Available You can add content from your OneDrive for Business account directly to Ultra Courses.
Journal Journal Available with Limitations Limitation: You can mark a Journal for grading, which automatically creates a column in the Gradebook for the Journal. However, there is not yet a workflow for reading and grading a Journal simultaneously. This is on the roadmap for future development. 
Learning Module Learning Module Available Additional features planned for Ultra Courses.
Lesson Plan N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses. 
Mashup: Flickr N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses.
Mashup: Slideshare N/A Discontinued You can however add SlideShare content with the Insert Item from Web feature.
Mashup: YouTube N/A Discontinued You can however add YouTube content with the content editor.
Not Available in Original Office 365 Integration New Feature You can add content from your OneDrive for Business account directly to Ultra Courses.
Password Protected Assessments Password Protected Assessments Available Now available in Ultra Courses.
Performance Dashboard N/A Discontinued Performance Dashboard is not currently planned for inclusion in Ultra Courses, many of the use cases provided by the Performance Dashboard are accommodated via Embedded Analytics.
Portfolios Portfolios Available Portfolios are available within Blackboard, but cannot yet be added directly to an Ultra Course.
Portfolio Assignment N/A Discontinued Portfolios can still be created, the assignment type just no longer exists.
Random Blocks (Questions) Question Pools Available Question Pools are the Ultra Course replacement of Random Blocks and Question Sets.
Retention Center N/A Discontinued Retention is not currently planned for inclusion in Ultra Courses, many of the use cases provided by the Retention Center are accommodated via Embedded Analytics.
Rich Text Editor (RTE) Rich Text Editor (RTE) Available with Limitations Tables are now available. Additional functionality of this tool is planned to include items such as emojis.
Rubrics Rubrics Available with Limitations Limitation: Rubrics are limited to a maximum of 15x15 and percentage or percentage rate only. Additional features are planned for Ultra Courses.
Question Banks Question Banks Available with Limitations Question banks can be created/imported in Ultra.  They cannot yet be exported.
Question Sets Question Pools Available Question Pools are the Ultra Course replacement of Random Blocks and Question Sets.
Question Regrading Question Regrading Available Now available in Ultra Courses.
SafeAssign SafeAssign Available with New Feature SafeAssign is available for Assignments and Essay questions in Tests in Ultra Courses.
SafeAssign Direct Submit To Be Determined Planned for Future Release Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra Courses.
Score Per Question Score Per Question Available Now available in Ultra Courses.
SCORM SCORM Available  
Self and Peer Assessment Peer Assessment Available with Limitations Qualitative peer assessment is now available in Ultra Courses, with additional capabilities planned for the future.
Send Email Email Available with Limitations Instructors can email students from the gradebook, and can send email messages for some announcements.  Students can no longer email from within the course, but they can send course messages instead.
Student Preview Student Preview Available  
Tasks N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses. 
Tests Tests Available with Limitations Tests are currently limited to the following question types: essay, fill in the blank, matching, multiple choice (single and multiple correct), true/false, and calculated formula. Additional capabilities are planned for Ultra Courses. 
Not Available in Original Test Additional Time New Feature Available in Ultra with options of 50%, 100%, and Unlimited.
Video Everywhere/Browse My YouTube Videos Insert YouTube Video Available with Changes Video Everywhere, or Browse My YouTube Videos, is called Insert YouTube Video in Ultra Courses
Web Link Web Link Available  
Wiki N/A Discontinued Feature has been discontinued and will not be made available in Ultra Courses. 
Not Available in Original Unsubmitted Work Counts as Zero New Feature You can select for unsubmitted work to automatically be counted as a zero once the due date is passed.