Blackboard Course View Transition


Beginning Fall 2024, all Blackboard courses will be delivered in Ultra Course View, but you can start using it now. Please visit Answers for more information about Ultra Course View

Blackboard is the supported Learning Management System at Syracuse University.  From this page you can choose which version of Blackboard you would like information for.

ITS and Online Learning Services (OLS) are offering instructors to begin teaching their credit-bearing courses in the Ultra Course View.  Syracuse University will complete the transition from original courses to ultra courses during the summer of 2024.  For the Fall 2024 term, all newly-created courses will be in the Ultra course view.  Instructors will retain access to their previously-offered original courses to copy content into ultra courses and for record keeping purposes.

Instructors are encouraged to evaluate the Ultra Course View and make the move to an ultra course when they are ready by submitting a request for an ultra course; they can do so as early as Spring 2023. By default, Blackboard courses will continue to be created in the original view until Spring 2024 or an instructor requests the change. An instructor can request the change in any one course — they do not have to transition all of their courses to ultra at the same time until Fall 2024.

Original Course View


You are using the original course view if the course menu appears on the left side of your window.  This menu is the cornerstone for all course content.  Select an item to open it and the content appears in the main window to the right of the course menu. Content modules and folders open in a new tab/window.

Screenshot of a course homepage in original course view

Ultra Course View


You are using the Ultra Course View if your instructor's name and picture appear in the content area. At the top of the page are navigation links to your course tools. Ultra courses have one course content page where all course materials are organized using modules and folders.  Content modules and folders open as layers within the same window.

Screenshot of a course homepage in Ultra course view

Upcoming OLS Events

DateTimeEvent TypeDescription
Mondays9:00 - 10:00 AMMonday Office Hours

Open time with Online Learning Services staff for instructors to ask questions and get support on ultra courses. Hosted on Zoom:

https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/99215387414

Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 PMTuesday Office Hours

Open time with Online Learning Services staff for instructors to ask questions and get support on ultra courses. Hosted on Zoom: 

https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/96710631791

4/10 & 4/17

1:00 - 2:00 PM Workshop: Syllabus-Based Course Creation & Redesign in Ultra Course View

This newly-designed workshop is for Syracuse University instructors to use their syllabus to create a Blackboard ultra course from the ground up. In part one instructors will focus on updating their course structure to take advantage of ultra’s navigation. Instructors will create new Blackboard documents and copy items from their prior courses. The optional second part of the workshop will center on gradebook setup and assessment settings. The workshop is a “hands-on” opportunity to work with OLS staff as they guide participants through the process of re-designing for ultra.

This is a virtual training that will meet on Zoom with a limited number of seats available in each session.

Register by filling out our Qualtrics form.
 

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Ultra Essentials Course

This 1-week, asynchronous training course is designed for instructors who want to transition to Ultra in a collaborative, guided working environment. Instructors can sign up in cohorts of 10-15 to be enrolled in a training course delivered through Blackboard Ultra itself. Each cohort will be assigned a facilitator from the OLS team who will actively monitor the online course, participate in Blackboard discussions, answer questions, and make individualized suggestions based on instructional needs and goals.

Each session will begin with a live, 1-hour Zoom workshop. Participants will then will have a week to work through the Blackboard training modules on their own time, interacting with colleagues and the course facilitator through Blackboard discussions and messages if they choose. Near the end of the week, there will be another live Zoom Q&A session with the facilitator. After the end of the week, OLS staff will no longer be actively monitoring the Blackboard training course, but instructors will retain access to the course training materials for reference and review.

5/21-5/23All DaySITETL

In day-long workshops, faculty will receive training and guidance from OLS staff as they work side-by-side with other faculty to create and convert course content for delivery in ultra courses. Along the way, they will learn about new features available in ultra and about other supported technologies that can enhance their teaching such as Kaltura, PlayPosit, Poll Everywhere, and Qwickly. Selected participants will receive priority assistance from OLS, development spaces in the Blackboard system to work on their ultra content, and a monetary award of $500 for completing all of the workshop sessions.

Apply to participate.

8/6-8/8All DaySITETL

In day-long workshops, faculty will receive training and guidance from OLS staff as they work side-by-side with other faculty to create and convert course content for delivery in ultra courses. Along the way, they will learn about new features available in ultra and about other supported technologies that can enhance their teaching such as Kaltura, PlayPosit, Poll Everywhere, and Qwickly. Selected participants will receive priority assistance from OLS, development spaces in the Blackboard system to work on their ultra content, and a monetary award of $500 for completing all of the workshop sessions.

Apply to participate.