Blackboard Ultra

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Ultra Base Navigation

eLearn's Ultra Base Navigation makes it easy to navigate between your Activity Stream, Courses, Grades, and everything else you need. Below is an image of the navigation menu.

The new eLearn navigation with the Activity Stream highlighted, displaying the various categories including: Important, upcoming and recent. A view of a course in the new ultra navigation, with the fact that the base navigation links are still visible even when inside the course.


Institution Page: Helpful links to Stonehill resources and information including Service Desk information and links to course evaluations.

Profile: Select your name in the list and make changes to your online profile.  You can upload a profile picture, and edit your notification settings.

Activity Stream: See up-to-the-minute action for all of your courses.

Courses: Navigate to past, present, and future courses.  Courses can be added as a Favorite by clicking the star, which will put them at the top of your course list.

Organizations: Access the organizations that you lead or are a member of.

Calendar: View course events and due dates for all your courses.

Messages: View and send messages in all of your courses.  Note: this is different from email.  Messages are sent and read within eLearn.

Grades: See what needs grading across all your courses.

Tools: Access global functions that are outside of your courses such as portfolios or the Content Collection.

To learn more about the Ultra interface, click the button below.

Ultra Content Editor

Adding content has been simplified, and it works better on both hand-held devices and larger screens. There are several improvements for accessibility and some new features, too. Besides some updated tool icons, there are also some changes in behavior to know about.

 Plus icon in a circle  Adding files

There’s now one easy menu for adding content from your computer, cloud storage, or integrated tool. The Content Editor will automatically recognize the kinds of files you add.

Image of an eyeBetter for All Devices

The editor is better suited for all devices—small screen or big. Pop-ups are gone for a better mobile experience.

Icon of a person Improved Accessibility

The editor is more accessible, and a new accessibility checker helps authors make content more accessible.

Better Copy and Paste

Pasting content from Word, Excel, and websites is even better. You can choose to remove extra HTML but retain basic formatting.

Image of a chain linkSimple Embed

When pasting links to websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, the videos are automatically embedded for inline playback. Similar to social media sites or collaborative services like Slack and Yammer, website links that express a meta description will display a summary preview card.

Image of a semi-colon in curly bracesDisplay Computer Code

Authors can now share formatted computer code snippets, super handy for computer science classes and coding clubs.

Image of lines indicating which text alignment to use Easy Text Wrapping

Flow text next to images by selecting an image and choosing left or right justification. Text will wrap next to the image using the float style that is both mobile responsive and accessible.

Image of a piece of paper with a + icon on it  Add Multiple Files of Different Types

Adding content used to be a two-step process: pick the right tool type and then the source. The first step is gone. Pick one or multiple files at once from your computer or the Content Collection. And of course, you can still access files from your favorite cloud storage services.

Image of a smiling emoji face Expanded Emoticon Library

The options for emoticons are expanded, grouped into categories, and searchable.

The Omega symbol Find Special Characters More Easily

A larger library of special characters is organized into categories and searchable.

Icon of four opposite facing arrows Expands Automatically

When authoring with many tools such as creating an Item or a Discussion Thread, the authoring area will automatically expand for you. To edit a large amount of content and pin the toolbar to the top, use the full-screen mode.

Icon of a small grid  New Table Options

Creating a table has been simplified with a grid selector instead of a pop-up. When adding tables, column widths default to use percentages rather than fixed widths for greater responsiveness across devices.

Image of a chain link Link Tool is for External Sites

To add links to files in the Content Collection, go to the Add Content menu. The link tool is now only for external links.

Image of a camera icon with the words "insert from webcam" Recording Feedback

The option to record audio/video feedback from your device has moved from the main toolbar to the Add Content menu.

 Image of old Mashups icon Mashups Moved

Third-party tools (“Mashups”) have moved from the main toolbar to the Add Content menu.

  Spellchecker Updates

The Spellchecker Tool more smartly picks the default language based on course selection and user choice when available. Dictionaries have been updated and expanded. Click the tool to run spellcheck.

Image of two opposing arrows Easier HTML Editing

When authoring or editing HTML, it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for with line numbers and tag colors.

Image of the bulleted list options. Solid black, unfilled circle, and square black options   Text Formatting, Bullets, List

Options for formatting text, bullets, and lists are now presented in recognizable ways rather than just as text. For example, font choices will appear as those fonts and bullet options will display visually as those bullet types.

Image of an ellipsis  Toolbar Wrapping

The toolbar will show as many tools as it can for the size of your screen before wrapping to the next line. Show and collapse the additional tools with the ellipsis icon.

Image of ABC spellchecker icon as well as the Letter A to indicate an expanded menu is available.  Access Full Editor in More Places

When authoring a very complex test question with lots of question and answer options, a limited editor is presented so the page loads faster. You can now expand those into a full editor as needed.

Image of a magnifying glass  Search Only Selected Content

When using find and replace, you can now limit your search just to content that’s been selected.

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