A project is underway to implement the transition from Blackboard Learn (our Virtual Learning Environment) to the improved version: Blackboard Learn Ultra. It retains aspects that you are familiar with but has a more usable and intuitive interface, and introduces new features and functionality. The project will run until September 2024. Organisation spaces were moved to Ultra ready for use in September 2023. Blackboard Courses (modules) will use Ultra for the start of the 2024/25 academic year. This page provides information about the project and links to other key pages.
What is Blackboard Learn Ultra?
For information on what and who is involved, and the rationale for this work and its timing, please see: Blackboard Learn Ultra – an improved version of Blackboard Learn.
The Blackboard Learn Ultra project timeline is aligned with the implementation of the Portfolio Review Pathway (PRP). This means that when you are producing your modules ready to be taught in 2024/25, you can also consider the new features and options in Blackboard Learn Ultra. High-level timeline:
- for the start of academic year 2023/24: All Blackboard Organisations (for supporting learning beyond a module) were moved to Blackboard Learn Ultra.
- for the start of academic year 2024/25: Blackboard Courses (for all modules) will be using Blackboard Learn Ultra (to correspond with when the new PRP-redesigned modules will start being taught).
There is a community of Ultra Champions comprised of colleagues from across the university, providing a forum to share experiences and ideas around Blackboard Learn Ultra and an opportunity to engage with new and existing features. The Blackboard Learn Ultra Project Champions page provides more information.
Designed to give staff an understanding of an Ultra Course, 30-minute Ultra Roadshows are running throughout the Autumn Term. Book to attend on UoR Learn. A comprehensive programme of staff development including demonstrations, guidance and training will be available from February 2024 to support and enable you to take advantage of what Ultra has to offer. See Getting up and running with your Ultra course for details on our 4-phase approach to help get you up and running with Ultra, and our Ultra FAQs for answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Who do I contact?
If you have any questions about Blackboard Learn Ultra, please contact the Project Team via the DTS Self-Service Portal.
Project updates and communications
We are keeping T&L colleagues up-to-date with the project directly via email. You can catch up on the Ultra Communications & Updates page with the directory of all Ultra communications and regular thematic ‘Insights’ newsletters. You can also find the latest updates by browsing the Blackboard Learn Ultra Project category on the TEL Blog. To receive direct email updates about all TEL news, please subscribe to the TEL Blog.