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Blackboard Ultra Upgrade Project

Over the next year, TLC and ITS will be upgrading Blackboard to its newest version, Blackboard Ultra, to take advantage of the improved user experience and navigation features.

For any questions about this transition, please visit our frequently asked questions webpage.

Key Features

Modern, intuitive user experience

  • The user experience will be simpler, more intuitive, and engaging.  

Works well on mobile devices

  • Blackboard Ultra is designed to work well on all of your devices, including computer, laptop, phone and iPad.  

Aggregates important information 

  • All of your course and organization information – like calendar, messages and grades – is now consolidated into one global view, minimizing the time spent navigating into each individual course.  

Activity Stream 

  • Don't miss any action in your courses. Activity streams give students an organized list of everything that's happened in all their courses. 

Only one click away 

  • See something that needs your attention? Just click on it and you will be taken directly there, minimizing clicks, and saving time.

Key Dates

Blackboard will be upgraded in phases

Spring term 2021: Complete

Blackboard Ultra Sneak Preview, Part 1 has been completed.

July 1, 2021
Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation (UBN) enabled. See below for more information about UBN. Note that no courses will be upgraded to Ultra.
Fall term 2021

Blackboard Ultra Sneak Preview, Part 2 

If you are interested in participating, the Project Team will give you the ability to convert your active course(s) with enrolled students.

November 4, 2021 
All Spring term 2022 courses will be available and in the Blackboard Ultra format.


Learn more with the Ultra Experience



Last Published: Jul 1, 2021