Blackboard Ultra Build-a-thon

Friday, December 1, 2023

10 AM - 3 PM
In-Person; Lunch Included


Need a little more help and some dedicated time to get started building your Spring 2024 courses in the Blackboard Ultra Course View? The Ultra Course Build-a-Thon is perfect for you!

Join members of CITL and representatives from Blackboard in-person to learn the basics of Ultra Course View and spend time working on building your own courses. Using a work-sprint model, we will provide short demonstrations followed by time for hands-on building with friendly, knowledgeable individuals who can sit beside you to offer guidance and answer your questions.


  • Basics of Building a Course - creating a structure, adding files, creating Ultra Documents, copying materials
  • Creating Assessments - building Assignments and Tests
  • Gradebook & Communication - configuring your Gradebook, calculating an overall grade, sending announcements and messages
  • Upcoming Features in Ultra - sneak peek at features currently in development for the Ultra Course View

Registration Information

The Build-a-thon is open to anyone who is teaching at NIU during the Spring 2024 semester, including faculty, instructors, SPS and Civil Service staff, and graduate teaching assistants. Please register by the deadline so that we can ensure we have sufficient space available.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 2023.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration at

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