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Now available: Self-paced Ultra for Instructors course

Resources, training & tips for your Ultra journey

Note: This self-paced course has been retired due to changes in available resources from Blackboard. We encourage faculty interested in Ultra training to access the following resources: Attend...

Posted: February 22, 2023, 12:02 PM

UMBC to Complete Bb Ultra Migration by Start of SP2025

FA2024 to be last term DoIT supports Bb Original

In support of a common learning experience for students and faculty, and in consultation with the Faculty Senate Computer Policy Committee (CPC) last semester, UMBC will complete the Blackboard...

Posted: February 17, 2023, 12:20 PM

Six month roadmap previewed for Ultra courses

Focus on assessment, grading, content, learner analytics

Over the last year, Ultra received more than 150 enhancements and new features to strengthen and improve the new course for faculty and students. At the first quarter roadmap for 2023, the Ultra...

Posted: February 14, 2023, 2:44 PM

Extra credit & exemptions come to Ultra assessments in Feb

New functionality enhances Ultra courses in time for SP2023

In early February, instructors will have the option to help students showcase their knowledge on assessments with the new extra credit setting. With this feature, instructors can assign one or...

Posted: January 30, 2023, 2:24 PM

Top 5 Ultra departments: Adoption increased as much as 100%

Departments may request Ultra as default when shells created

In a recent survey of Ultra users last semester, faculty and students expressed satisfaction with Ultra. During the Fall 2022 semester, faculty increased their use of Ultra in greater numbers. The...

Posted: January 20, 2023, 9:29 AM

Faculty and student satisfaction with Ultra exceeds 85%

Consistent praise for Ultra's clean interface, ease of use

In a recent survey of faculty who used Ultra during the FA2022 semester, 86.5% of faculty who responded said they would use Ultra again, citing its ease of use and consistent experience for...

Posted: January 19, 2023, 11:44 AM

Randomize test pages & lock discussions in Jan Ultra update

New option to create model essay response for graders

Test pagination was introduced to Ultra courses last year, creating new ways to present clusters of questions to students that focused on content or reduced cognitive load. In this month's update,...

Posted: January 5, 2023, 9:57 AM

Dec Ultra Update Features Improved Drag & Drop, Course Links

New report for student progress through course content

This month, Ultra updates bring improvements to drag and drop functionality to the course outline, allowing instructors to easily move and rearrange content. Keyboard commands can also be used to...

Posted: December 1, 2022, 11:21 AM

Ultra Tests Gain Hot Spot Questions & Pagination in November

New reports for course activity and student performance

Ultra assessments gain two new features in the November update including hot spot questions and pagination. Hot spot questions allow instructors to assess a student's knowledge of visual content,...

Posted: November 3, 2022, 8:22 AM

Track student engagement with Ultra content in October

Improved auto-save for student assessments

In the October update, scheduled for this week, instructors who teach in Ultra courses will be able to track and view student engagement with course content. Tracking how, when, and what students...

Posted: October 4, 2022, 12:50 PM