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Bb Learn Ultra Base Navigation

COMING Spring 2019 Semester! Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation

Say good bye to the old Blackboard Learn portal and say hello to Bb Learn Ultra Base Navigation, UNI's next step in progressing to Blackboard's more modern, intuitive navigation. This will NOT change how your courses look! Ultra Base Navigation only changes the portal and provides quick access to the most critical information from across all your courses. This new portal navigation has a sleek, modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information. In Blackboard’s words, “It’s All About that Base!”  (Find the secret link to a video of our own LMS Rock Star on this page!)

Old Portal vs New Ultra Base Navigation annimation


It creates a more engaging, efficient, and enjoyable experience for both students and instructors. From the moment you log in, you have access to core features in the left-side navigation. You can easily return to the list from wherever you are—even if you're in a course. The list peeks from behind the other layers you have open, including while working in a course (see screen shot below).

NOTE: This image also shows there are NO CHANGES to how your courses look.

screen shot of Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation left-side navigation with a course open to its right


So how will this enhance your efficiency and experience?

  • Modern, intuitive user experience. We believe you are going to enjoy this simple, intuitive, engaging user experience.
  • Works well on mobile devices. This navigation is designed to work well regardless of which device you’re using.
  • Aggregates important information. All your course and organization information – like calendar, messages and grades – is now consolidated into one global view, minimizing the time spent navigating into each individual course.
  • Only one click away. See something that needs your attention? Just click on it and you will be taken directly there, minimizing clicks and saving time.  

Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation includes a new Activity Stream which displays all the action in all your courses. Regardless of your role in the course, the Activity Stream allows you to see what's due and what needs your attention in your courses (see screen shot below). Items are sorted into Important, Upcoming, Today, and Recent categories. You can jump directly into course activities from the list! Ultra Base Navigation automatically populates the stream with information from all courses in which you are enrolled. You can also customize which notifications you wish to receive in the Activity Stream and by email. For more on Ultra Base Navigation's Activity Stream, watch the following short video.

Oh, the places you'll go!

In the new Ultra Base Navigation, you'll always have access to the BASE areas of Blackboard Learn at your fingertips. To learn more about each area, explore the links below.

We will continue to use the "Original Course View" for all UNI courses. You may see references to "Ultra Course View" on some of the following pages. Please ignore them as they will not impact your courses next semester.

Blackboard Instructor Help: Assistance using the new Ultra Base Navigation from the instructor perspective.

Blackboard Student Help: Assistance using the new Ultra Base Navigation

Institution Page: Find information about your institution.

Profile: Select your name in the list and make changes to your online persona.

Activity Stream: See up-to-the-minute action for all of your courses.

Courses: Navigate to past, present, and future courses.

Organizations: (New with Ultra Base Navigation) Access the organizations that you lead or to which you are a member.

Calendar: View course events and due dates for all your courses.

Messages: View and send messages in all of your Ultra courses.

Grades: See what needs grading across all your courses.

Tools: Access global functions that are outside of your courses such as portfolios or the Content Collection.


We'll share more information about Ultra Base Navigation in the near future. We think you'll like what's coming!