Transition to new Bb interface (Ultra)

What’s changing as we transition from the current Blackboard

    • Some features will change
      • Messages area will be added- this will provide access to any correspondence from classmates, teachers or leaders of orgs.  This will also allow messages to be sent from you to others and a mechanism for sending messages as emails. It replaces, ‘send email’ and ‘announcements.’ 
      • Activity stream will consolidate, announcements and other correspondences and notices directed at members of courses and organizations.
      • A new framework will be available for courses. These are referred to as ‘Ultra’ courses.

What’s changing/new in courses:

    • Attendance tracking has been added
    • Photo Roster has evolved.  Photos of students will now be connected to discussion board, attendance tool, grade book, …
    • Optional new course interface, ‘Ultra’ is available.
    • Courses will be archived automatically.
    • Accommodations will be listed with the student.
    • New mobile apps for Grader/Instructor & Students (Windows, IOS and Android)
    • Goal/Outcome alignment and tracking for instructors, departments and the institution.
    • Courses can remain in the current framework i.e. ‘Classic,’ or they can be converted to an ‘Ultra’ framework. If you are interested in testing out the new course framework, go to https://coursesites.com, create an account and start working.  Not all ‘Classic’ courses are suitable to be converted into an ‘Ultra’ course. Feature lists for the two frameworks can be found here.

MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.

GROUP SESSIONS ON VARIOUS FEATURES WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING IN AUGUST.

If you have any questions, comments, email octet@oberlin.edu

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