Coming soon: Blackboard Ultra base navigation

As a part of the University of Alaska’s commitment to improving user experiences for all Blackboard users, starting in fall 2022 the UA Blackboard Learn environment will receive a refresh with the implementation of Ultra base navigation. With this update users can expect a sleek and modern navigation experience that helps all users of UA Blackboard Learn get the most from their learning tool.

What is Ultra base navigation?
Ultra base navigation is a central navigation menu that exists outside the course experience and includes many new features, such as the user activity stream and modernized calendar, providing quick access to the critical course information without having to actually enter a course.

How will things change for me?
Users accessing UA Blackboard Learn will immediately notice the updated navigation panel. The panel provides a clean and consolidated means to the most critical information within Blackboard - from grades, to deadlines, and everything in between. Additionally, this visual refresh significantly improves usability and performance across devices, helping to improve the experience of users on mobile phones and tablets. Keep in mind that the addition of Ultra base navigation does not affect courses. Courses will still look and feel as they do right now.

Where can I find more information about Ultra base navigation?
Blackboard has created videos and information for both students and instructors. In addition, any Blackboard user who wishes to experience the look and feel of the Ultra base navigation experience before the summer transition may preview in the UA Learn test environment today.

Overview for instructors: Video
Educator brochure

Overview for students: Video
Student brochure

If you have questions, contact the UA Blackboard Admin Team at UAF OIT.