Ultra Release Notes 3200.6.0

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New Release! Ultra Release Notes 3200.6.0

Highlights include:

  • LTI links open in the same window
    Previously, when a user clicked an LTI link in the course outline, the link opened in a new window with no connection back to the Ultra course. Additional windows can create a disorienting user experience, and can be problematic for institutions that rely heavily on LTI tools to provide content for courses. Now, LTI links load within the same window from where they are launched, creating a consistent and contained workflow for students.
  • Performance improvements
    A number of performance enhancements have been made throughout Ultra to increase page loads times and overall snappiness. Ultra has also been tuned to retain better performance over longer periods of use. Noticeable performance gains can be enjoyed in the following areas:
    • Login Page
    • Administrator Console loading within the Ultra Base Navigation
    • Text editing
    • Discussions loading
    • Assessments loading
    • Course List

  Additional areas will be addressed in upcoming releases.


  • Content Market
    Blackboard Open Content is now available as a content partner to the Content Market for both Learn experiences: Original and Ultra.  instructors using Blackboard Learn (Original and Ultra Experience) can launch directly from the Content Market into Blackboard Open Content to create, share, and discover rich educational content from a global network of instructors and leading OER providers. More details about this addition to the Content Market are available here.


  • Miscellaneous Updates
    • Blackboard Learn SaaS is officially certified in the LTI 2.0 standard.
    • Course copy via SIS integration behavior has changed. To maintain server speed and prevent unnecessary database job queues, only two course copy jobs can run concurrently in the cluster.
    • Improvements have been made to notifications regarding late or overdue activity in the Ultra experience. The activity stream exhibited confusing behavior regarding due dates in restored courses, or when due dates had been changed.
    • For auto-graded assessments that have been submitted past the due date, instructors now can overwrite the grade in the grade pill where the grade is automatically calculated.
    • SAML sign on failures now include a unique identifier, allowing administrators to trace what went wrong with a user's specific login attempt.
    • Content visibility settings are preserved when exporting and importing courses using the Ultra Course View.
    • An updated version of the Partner Cloud Building Block (v1.7.2017021340) is bundled with this release.
    • An updated version of the Qwickly Building Block (v.3.7.3) is bundled with this release.
    • Text has been changed in assessments with multiple allowed attempts. When a user opens an assessment that is past due, a message now states: Past due. This attempt will be marked late. This helps to clarify that any additional attempts submitted after the due date will be marked late, but the attempts submitted prior to the due date satisfy the deadline.
    • Text has changed in the Profile area of the Ultra experience. When a user selects their privacy settings,
      • The options for students now include:
        • Only instructors
        • Anyone in my courses
        • Administrators and anyone in my courses
      • Instructors and Administrators see the following options:
        • Administrators and other instructors
        • Anyone in my courses
        • Administrator and anyone in my courses
  • Maintenance items for 3200.6.0
    Maintenance items are now available in Behind the Blackboard. Our Known Issue articles provide information for individual bug fixes, and may include bug descriptions and which Learn versions were affected. You can filter bug fixes by SaaS release for easier navigation. View the 3200.6.0 maintenance issues on Behind the Blackboard.