Blackboard Ultra coming in May 2019

Posted: 4/15/2019

This May, NIU is upgrading to the Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience. The new Ultra Experience is completely redesigned with simplified, intuitive workflows; a modern look and feel; and an improved mobile experience.

Initially, this will only change the base navigation, such as the landing page. The new base navigation highlights the most important information from all of your courses in the new Activity Stream, like upcoming due dates, new messages or recent student submissions, and lets you efficiently take action on them with one click.

Faculty will be able to continue using the Original Course View, which does not change the features or look and feel of courses, or to try out the new Ultra Course View. The Ultra Course View extends the benefits of the base navigation to courses with cleaner, more modern design, easy-to-use workflows and powerful new tools.

Learn more about the new Blackboard Ultra at or attend an upcoming workshop on the new Ultra Navigation or the Ultra Course View.

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