Digital Learning: 

Blackboard Ultra

What's New?

Blackboard ULTRA Training Sessions - Register Today

In preparation of the launch of Blackboard ULTRA courses in Fall 2024, the SCTL has prepared a series of workshops for all faculty/staff in May. We will also be providing more details about Bb ULTRA Dev Shells next week!

Blackboard DEV Shells - Submit a Request

The ITS and SCTL teams have created a new process for faculty/staff that will enable users to prepare their courses in Bb ULTRA. 

The creation of Blackboard DEV Shells will begin on Friday and will follow a specific creation cycle (see handout). Submit your request today to receive a DEV shell and begin exploring ULTRA.

Blackboard ULTRA - Resources


Blackboard is the college's Learning Management System (LMS) and in the Fall 2024 semester we will be upgrading from Blackboard Original to Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard functions as the central location where faculty can post instructional materials, assessments, and learning activities. Students also access courses in Blackboard to view this material, interact with classmates, and complete online assessments.

The SCTL is in the process of developing resources for the roll out of Blackboard Ultra Courses scheduled for Fall 2024. In the interim, we invite everyone to review the following resources provided by Anthology on the Blackboard Help Pages.

SLC Course Template (F24)

These resources will help you get started with your Blackboard Ultra course as you start your design. Remember to "chunk" your content into modules to promote cognitive presence (i.e., clear instructions with curated content) and avoid cognitive overload (i.e., giving too much information at once is confusing for students).

Course Navigation, Content, and Edits

These resources will help you navigate Blackboard Ultra courses, add content to courses, and make edits.

Administration and Reports

These resources will help you manage the different Blackboard Ultra interfaces and analyze student activity.

Ultra Accessibility Checker (Powered by Ally) 

Accessible content ensures inclusivity and meaningful engagement for diverse learners. To create accessible content in your Ultra Documents, you can use the Ultra Accessibility Checker (Powered by Ally). The Ultra Accessibility Checker scans content in the rich content editor for Ultra Documents to identify accessibility issues. It offers explanations about these issues and offers solutions to make your content more accessible. 


The Blackboard Ultra Gradebook is the central location for recording, calculating, and sharing grades.

Communication Tools

Whether you are teaching a face-to-face, alternative delivery, or full online courses - it's important to use a consistent communication strategy. Use these tools to maintain a strong teaching presence within your course.


Diversify your assessment strategy by using multiple tools to provide formative and summative feedback to students. Review the Teaching Resources to learn how to design effective rubrics before you build them in Blackboard.



Respondus Lockdown Browser for Blackboard Tests

Participation and Engagement

PREVIOUS EVENT - Additional Training Materials

Blackboard ULTRA Training Sessions (March 2024)

The SCTL has crafted a series of weekly webinars so that we can continue exploring the Bb ULTRA interface with the college community. We invite everyone to register for these upcoming events.

All sessions will be recorded so that we may redistribute these in the coming weeks.