How are courses being set up for 2024/25?
A different approach is required this year, to enable the move to the new streamlined content structure for Blackboard Learn Ultra courses and accommodate the re-design of modules following Portfolio Review. Instead of the usual automated rollover process that makes direct copies of a course, you’ll receive a new blank course containing the a course template, to populate with your chosen content. This could include choosing to copy selected content from previous Blackboard Learn Original courses.
Can I reuse all content from Original courses?
It may not always be suitable to transfer content from an Original course:
- Do not transfer content that is newly created each year. These are YuJa Classroom recordings and online Assignment submission points including Turnitin, Blackboard Assignments and Gradescope.
- Some content types do not exist in Ultra; alternatives are required for Blackboard items, blogs, wikis, surveys, and some test questions.
- Some content may need restructuring, to take advantage of the revised structure and presentation of content in Ultra. For example, fitting into the Ultra course template, folder nesting using 2 levels or building Ultra Documents.
What is the best way to transfer content from an Original course?
When adding or transferring content into your Ultra Course, follow these guidelines to get the best experience and maximise efficiency:
|1. Prepare your content
|2. Upload files or use the new Ultra ‘copy content’ function
|3. Check your content and apply settings
How do I copy content from an Original to an Ultra Course?
Ultra offers a new ‘Copy Content’ function that is simple and easy to use. It can be used to bring across Original content into your Ultra course, however, this function should be used with caution because not all content copies as expected (which can create additional work in fixing or restructuring content).
Do not attempt to copy an entire Blackboard Original module or entire folders in a single ‘copy content’ action.
Copying content in bulk can require excessive restructuring and ‘fixing’ to make the content usable, which can be time-consuming and frustrating. It is strongly recommended not to do this.
- The copy content function does not allow you to choose multiple destinations for copied content, it will copy to a single course location only. If you need to move copied content into the various locations of the course template, this can soon become overwhelming if you have lots of content to sort.
- Any Original content deeper than two folder levels will be rearranged to higher folder levels, which will result in additional time spent reviewing and sorting content.
- Original ‘items’ copy as Ultra Documents; where there are lots of course ‘items’ it is often best to combine these into a single Ultra Document, which cannot be done via the copy content function (instead you will need to copy and paste item text).
Check the table below if you intend to use the ‘copy content’ function, to see what can and cannot be copied and how it appears in Ultra.
|Ultra ‘Copy Content’ advisory
|These will copy as ‘draft’ and any formatting will need to be reapplied. You can initiate the copy from anywhere in the course content area, the announcement will display under the announcements tab only.
|Blogs, Wikis, Survey
|These are not currently present in Ultra and cannot be copied.
|Course banners do not copy, they will need to be re-added.
|These do not copy and will be removed if contained within content that is being copied.
|Discussion boards are called Discussions in Ultra. It is simplest to create new discussion boards then copy and paste the prompt text. However, if you wish to convert Original discussion boards into Ultra Discussions you should be aware that:
|Blackboard Ultra Groups allows .csv import of groups.
|Original ‘Items’ will copy as Ultra ‘Documents’:
There may be a loss of formatting where the item contains edits made via Original the text editor. If needed, formatting can be reapplied using the Document text editor.
|Copies with the Journal prompt and settings. Ultra Journals do not allow peer review (i.e. students cannot view each other’s journal entries).
|Online submissions: Blackboard assessments, Turnitin and Gradescope.
|These should not be copied, they should be created fresh every year. Ultra allows tagging of ‘formative’ and summative’ assessment, for filtering the Grade Book (Ultra name for Grade Centre).
|Talis reading list
|The library will provide further information, which will be linked here when available.
|It is possible to copy these into an Ultra course however you should carefully check Ultra Test advisories before doing so. The Test tool has been re-designed, meaning some question types are unavailable and some settings may work differently.
|Classroom recordings should not be copied.