About Blackboard Learn Ultra (FAQ)

About Blackboard Learn Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra is a learning management system or LMS. It is an application for course material delivery, online teaching, learning, assessment and grading, community building, and knowledge sharing.

About Blackboard Learn Ultra at Drake University

Blackboard Learn Ultra is hosted, delivered, and managed using a modern cloud-computing infrastructure as the environment for our software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment. Drake University is using the Continuous Delivery method which provides us with new capabilities and fixes known issues on a monthly basis. To learn more about the latest updates, please see the section below called Latest Updates or Release Notes.

All system-wide updates are done automatically. Users experience the most recent version of Blackboard Learn Ultra without significant downtime or service interruptions.

Drake University is currently using Original Course View through Summer of 2021. Starting Fall 2021, we will be using the Ultra Course View. There is self-paced training available to help faculty prepare for the transition. The orientation course is called Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation. All faculty and staff have been automatically enrolled in the training. If you do not see the course among your Blackboard courses and you need access, please submit an ITS Support Request for Blackboard User Addition or Removal and list the title above as the CRN (there is no need to complete the spreadsheet for this single user to a single course request).

Latest Updates or Release Notes

Blackboard SaaS Continuous Delivery publishes their latest release notes each month before the newest updates are pushed out to campus. Read about the latest updates from Blackboard.

Course Creation and Enrollment Updates

  • Blackboard Learn Ultra automatically receives information from Banner, our student information system, about course creations and course enrollments in Blackboard Learn Ultra. The information has to be present in our student information system before it will pass to Blackboard Learn Ultra. The automated actions are scheduled regularly throughout the day. They happen daily between 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.  
  • Courses are created approximately five months in advance of the start date so instructors can begin to build them. 
  • Course availability is at the discretion of the course instructor. If students do not see their courses on Blackboard they should ask the instructor(s) if they are using Blackboard Learn Ultra this semester. 

What does this mean?

If you have a student who has registered for a class, but it has not yet reached one of the times listed above, the student will not show in Blackboard Learn Ultra as enrolled until the automation occurs at the prescribed times.

Blackboard Learn Ultra Apps

Learn about the Blackboard Learn Ultra Apps available. There is an app for students to participate in their courses, and there is an app for instructors to facilitate courses. 

Blackboard Learn Ultra Student App

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Students can access grades, course content, and more - right from the Blackboard app on your phone. Find out more about the BB Student App Features.

Install the app available today on iOS, Android, or Windows at the links below:


iTunes Google Play Microsoft Store

Blackboard's mobile solution helps students stay informed, up-to-date and connected. This app also includes Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience - a synchronous web conferencing solution for high-quality virtual classes and meetings.

With the Blackboard Learn Ultra Student app, students can:

  • Quickly view updates to your courses and content
  • Take assignments and tests
  • View grades for courses, assignments and tests
  • Participate in Collaborate sessions on the go

Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor App

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Blackboard Instructor is Blackboard's newest mobile solution that helps instructors and those in teaching roles manage courses, mark assignments, communicate with learners and quickly complete administrative tasks. Find out more about the BB Instructor App Features.

Install the app available today on iOS and Android at the links below:

With Blackboard Instructor, instructors can: 

  • Preview course content and assessments 
  • Mark assignments
  • Send course announcements 
  • Create discussion boards threads and reply to comments
  • Participate in Collaborate virtual classroom sessions 

NOTE: Blackboard Instructor functions as a collaborative tool between our app software and your institution's Blackboard Learn Ultra server. Access is enabled by Drake University.

Designing Mobile Friendly Courses

As an instructor, it is important to build mobile friendly courses. Find out more about mobile friendly instructional design using Blackboard Learn Ultra


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