Winthrop University: Blackboard Learn Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra

Coming May 10, 2021

What is Blackboard Learn Ultra?

Blackboard Learn Ultra is the latest version of Blackboard. It offers a new way to navigate Blackboard Learn, called Ultra Base Navigation. The new navigation will save you time and will provide a clean, personalized interface. 

UBN Landing Page

Why are we upgrading?

  • Improved Look and Feel
    • With a modern, easy to use landing page, Ultra Base Navigation is more user friendly and works well on all devices.
  • Simplified Navigation
    • Everything is just one click away. The new navigation provides immediate access to the most critical information.
  • More Focus on Accessibility
    • Blackboard Ally will be enabled in all courses to help faculty ensure their course documents meet federal accessibility guidelines. A dial icon will appear beside each document to indicate the accessibility score and provide instructions for improving the document’s accessibility.
    • There will be a consistent color scheme across all courses to help ensure federal accessibility guidelines for color contrast are met.

Course Color Scheme

What does this mean for me?

On May 10, 2021, users logging into Blackboard Learn will experience the following upgrades.

  • The main landing page will have a new, fresh look and feel.
  • The only changes within your courses/organizations will be that a standard color scheme will be applied and Blackboard Ally will be enabled to improve accessibility. There will be no changes to your course/organization's navigation or layout.
  • Please check the list of Blackboard add-ons verified to work in the new version. Contact us if you are using a third-party add-on that does not appear in this list.
  • Interested faculty will have the option of converting courses for Fall 2021 to the new Ultra Course View, which provides a simple, streamlined course experience for you and your students. Please first obtain approval from your department before seeking to convert a course within a particular program.  

Sign up to join the Ultra Squad!

If you are interested in converting a Fall 2021 course to the new Ultra Course View, sign up to be a faculty innovator. Please first obtain approval from your department before seeking to convert a course within a particular program.   

Faculty Innovators in the Ultra Squad

Questions about the Blackboard Learn Upgrade?

Please reach out to the Office of Online Learning at 803-323-2212 or

Additional Resources: 

Brief Overview Video (link)

Learn more about Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation (PDF 3.0MB)

Learn more about the new Ultra Course View (PDF 447KB)


Last Updated: 7/13/22