Blackboard Learn Ultra Training

Drake is migrating to Blackboard Learn Ultra LMS, and all courses will be in Blackboard Learn Ultra starting Fall 2021.  The following information will provide you with training resources and links to help you prepare for the transition.

Drake Sponsored Blackboard Learn Ultra Training Opportunities

"Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation" course

The "Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation" course is available in Blackboard Learn.  Every Drake faculty member has been enrolled in the course as a student.  If you cannot find this course or do not have this course, please submit a ticket to the ITS Help Desk.  It is strongly encouraged to complete the instructor orientation by the end of spring term so you can start preparing for fall courses this summer.

  • Training Modules 1-4 are available as of November 2020
  • Training Module 5 will be available on March 23, 2021
  • Training Module 6 will be available on March 30, 2021
  • Training Module 7 will be available on April 6, 2021
  • Training Module 8 will be available on April 13, 2021
  • Training Module 9 will be available on April 13, 2021 and is optional for those interested in more advanced features

Drake Online "Design Dialogue" Sessions

Drake Online will be hosting "Design Dialogues" every other Thursday at 11:30am, starting March 11.  Each live session will focus on a different topic related to Blackboard Learn Ultra.  View the "Design Dialogue" Upcoming Events page to view the list of topics and/or register for a session(s). Use this link to access the call: Drake Online Design Dialogues Zoom Meetings.

Recordings of the Design Dialogues will be added to our Faculty ResourcesScroll down to Online Design Dialogue Recordings. 

Ultra Sandbox Courses

Three Ultra sandbox courses have been created for each faculty member.  The sandboxes are available for immediate use.  If you do not have a sandbox course or need additional sandbox courses, please submit a ticket to the ITS Help Desk.  The sandbox courses:

  1. provide a risk-free environment for hands-on practice in an Ultra course (this is also where you will practice skills learned from instructor orientation)
  2. allow you to build/prep a new course in Ultra (which can later be copied into a live course, if desired)
  3. allow you to copy a previously offered Blackboard Learn Original course into an Ultra course (which can later be copied into a live course, if desired)

Blackboard Sponsored Training Opportunities

Instructor Webinar Series

Sign up for live or recorded Instructor Webinar Series offered by Blackboard. Register for any Learn Ultra webinar that sounds of interest. 

Blackboard YouTube Playlist

Follow the Blackboard YouTube playlist for quick access to the 50+ video tutorials on the Ultra Course Experience. Note: This option may cover tools to which we don’t subscribe and may not give you rationale for decision making.

More Information

To learn more about the Blackboard Ultra upgrade at Drake, visit


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