rholt

Looking for Instructional Materials for Implementing Ultra Experience

Blog Post created by rholt on May 24, 2018

Purpose

Since our college is contemplating the Ultra Experience in the coming future, I thought I would be proactive and see what others are already doing.  It should come to no surprise that there's a LOT of information and informational sites as well as tutorials out there.  Since I did a lot of digging, I thought I'd share my hard work and links to those who are interested as well as some of my favorites.

 

Personal Favorites

Just like any other search, I found useful yet irrelevant informational sites, so I included them as well.  Additionally, I found sites that stood out to me as top-notch or things I'd LOVE to investigate later, so I thought I'd share. I will categorize my favorites in Subheadings below and tell you why they are my favorites to let you decide if it's actually worth your while. Then, I will follow it with a personalized table containing all the links I felt were of some value when collecting my data and information for use in supporting my own needs.  Enjoy!

 

Learn Ultra Experience Sites

UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Division of Information Technology

Why??? I want to explore their IT support because they have got it going on!  I appreciate how they solidly explained their move and provided a roadmap for their entire college in their transition from Original to Ultra Experience.

Loyola University New Orleans

Why??? Who doesn't like a great LibGuide?  It overviews the two experiences and provides visuals of the changes while announcing to the college the phases of the coming changes.

HVLN Support Center (Hawaii Virtual Learning Network)

Why??? This site just about holds a user's hand and provides information in an easy-to-swallow amount which doesn't overwhelm the user but helps them navigate and feel confident in learning the system and its features.

Help Desk: Blackboard Class Sites

Why???  While this one is VERY text heavy (not the nicest for the layperson), it provides some solid resources and links in one location.  I would say it also provides a solid example of what not to do if you want to provide useful tech support to already time-constrained users.

 

Collaborate Ultra Sites

Northern Illinois University Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center 

Why???  I want to explore their resources and see what all they have to offer.

Rutgers Academic Technology Services

Why??? There are other tutorial links outside of the main overview video tutorial.

 

Publisher Content Linkage

Linking to MyLab & Mastering

Why??? Well... Let's saying linking to Publisher's content hasn't been my easiest feat.  So, everytime I stumble across a resource like this, I like to collect the link, save, and share it for others as a referencing point to maybe help me moving forward.

 

Miscellaneous Sites

PC Reviews

Why??? It would be interesting to see how other LMSs rank in comparison, but it was also interesting to see the unique perspective of an unbiased reviewer as well as the "outsider" take on things.

Illinois Central College

Why??? I stumbled upon their Online Learning Site which helps students determine whether or not they're ready to be an eLearner

Dribbble

Why???  This is a site targeted at ux/ix deisgners and a networking platform I'd never heard of before.  So, why not know about Blackboard's involvement in this site and keep it for potential collaboration later?

 

Collection of Resources in a Table Format

College/Site Name

Title/Article Title

Product

Date

Tutorials Available?

Link Text

Cuyamaca College

Preview and LMS selection Page

Blackboard Learn Ultra

11/6/15

Video Presentation/Youtube Links

https://www.cuyamaca.edu/faculty-staff/teaching-online/lms/blackboard-learn-ultra.aspx

YouTube: Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Learn with Ultra Experience Tutorials

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

YouTube Videos

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLontYaReEU1tCbsCDP-u_wsKdkDBegIhH

  1. Betterbuys.com

Blackboard Learn Review

Blackboard Learn

5/31/17

N/A

https://www.betterbuys.com/lms/reviews/blackboard-learn/

Blackboard Blog

Introducing the Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience

Blackboard Learn Ultra

7/27/15

N/A

https://blog.blackboard.com/introducing-the-learn-ultra-experience/

Blackboard Help

Ultra Experience

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

N/A

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/User_Interface_Options/Ultra_Experience

Blackboard Help

What is “Ultra”?

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

N/A

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Getting_Started/What_Is_Ultra

Blackboard Blog

The top 15 things you need to know about the Ultra experience for Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn Ultra

8/9/16

Linked Webinars and other information

https://blog.blackboard.com/top-15-ultra-experience-for-blackboard-learn/

Jason Rhode, Ph.D.

My Initial Thoughts on Blackboard’s Ultra New Learning Experience LMS

Blackboard Learn Ultra

7/22/15

N/A

https://www.jasonrhode.com/my-initial-thoughts-on-blackboards-ultra-new-learning-experience-lms

e-Literate

Blackboard Learn Ultra: Ready or not?

Blackboard Learn Ultra

7/15/16

N/A

https://mfeldstein.com/blackboard-learn-ultra-ready-not/

Northern Illinois University Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center

Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience- User Interface Tour

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

N/A

Some; mostly overview video and other links

*

https://www.niu.edu/blackboard/tutorials/bbcollabultra.shtml

UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) Division of Information Technology

Faculty to Pilot Blackboard’s Ultra Experience in SP2018

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

Explanation of the move and links to other informational documents

*

https://doit.umbc.edu/itnm/?id=72870

Inside Higher Ed

Blackboard’s All-of-the-Above Strategy

Blackboard

4/25/17

N/A

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/25/analysts-colleges-question-blackboards-all-above-strategy

Ohio Wesleyan University

Blackboard Learn: Introducing the Ultra Experience

Blackboard Learn Ultra

12/8/17

N/A—calendar event with college

https://www.owu.edu/calendars/details/blackboard-learn-introducing-the-ultra-experience/2017-12-08/

PC Reviews

Blackboard Learn LMS

Blackboard Learn

7/13/17

N/A--Overview

*

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2486964,00.asp

Eric A. Silva EdTech Collection

Blackboard Learn Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

N/A

https://ericsilva.me/tag/blackboard-learn-ultra/

Cleveland State University Center for eLearning

Blackboard 2018

Blackboard

N/A

N/A

https://www.csuohio.edu/center-for-elearning/blackboard-2018

Humentum Learning Services

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

3/1/18

N/A--- links to help sites

https://support.humentum.org/support/solutions/articles/28000011758-new-blackboard-collaborate-ultra-experience

Illinois Central College

Ready for Online Learning

N/A

N/A

N/A—tutorials/links about being an online learner

*

https://icc.edu/students/virtual-campus/ready-for-online-learning/

Loyola University New Orleans

Blackboard Ultra Navigation: Introduction

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

LibGuide Overview and comparison demoing changes & announcements to college about changes

*

http://researchguides.loyno.edu/bbultranavigation

HVLN Support Center (Hawaii Virtual Learning Network)

Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

Tutorials through clickable links based on needs of user

*

https://hvln.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/17000081033

Help Desk: Blackboard Class Sites

Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra

N/A

N/A---very text heavy; could be somewhat useful

*

https://sites.google.com/site/helpdeskclasssites/blackboard-ultra

Rutgers Academic Technology Services

Collaborate Ultra Polling

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

N/A

YouTube video overview & other helpful tutorial links

*

http://ats-techdocs.rutgers.edu/m/40502/l/753684-collaborate-ultra-polling

University of Wisconsin-Madison: DoIT Help Desk (Division of Information Technology)

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Avoiding infinite window when sharing application

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

4/26/18

N/A--- basic instructions for avoiding this

https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=67173

Linking to MyLab & Mastering

Blackboard linking to Pearson Help Site

Pearson MyLab and Mastering content linkage

N/A

Publisher Content—Instructions & Links

*

https://help.pearsoncmg.com/mylabmastering/bbi/instructor/en/index.html

Elmhurst College A.C. Buehler Library

Blackboard Help: Start Here

Blackboard

N/A

N/A---faq & other links

*

http://library.elmhurst.edu/blackboardhelp

Portland Community College Instructional Support

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate

N/A

N/A--- Overview video

https://www.pcc.edu/instructional-support/tools/collaborate/

Dribbble

Blackboard

Designer UX/IX Networking Site/Platform

N/A

N/A

https://dribbble.com/blackboardinc

Outcomes