How do I make my course available to students?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about making your course available.

Below the course menu, set your course availability here:

Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability

  1. In the Set Availability section, select Yes or No.
  2. Optionally, when you make a course available, you can choose one of these options in the Set Course Duration section:
    • Continuous (default) to leave the course available without a specified start or end date.
    • Select Dates to choose a start and/or end date.
    • Days from the Date of Enrollment to specify a specific length of time users have to access the course after they enroll. This option is best for self-paced courses.
  3. Select Submit.

You can control when your course is private—or unavailable—to your students.

More on course availability


How do I create content?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating content.

Ready to add content to your course? You create your individual pieces of content in content containers: content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders. In a content container, you create content from menus for content items, tests, assignments, and links to tools.

More on creating course content


Can I hide course content from students until I'm ready?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about hiding content.

Yes. As you create content, you can set its availability. You can make content unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, individual users, course groups, and their performance on graded items.


What types of content can I add?

Some of your options depend on your institution's administrative settings, but typically you can add files, audio, video, syllabi, links, and folders.

More on types of course content


What are language packs?

Language packs present Blackboard Learn with language and cultural norms matched to different audiences. Language pack preferences are defined at the system, the course or organization, and user levels.

Three levels of language packs

System level

Your institution defines one language pack as the system default. The language appears if no other language pack is specified at the course or user level.

Course level

In an Original environment, you can set a language pack that is different from the default to make all users in a course view the same language pack. For example, if you teach a Spanish language class, you may want to select Spanish for the course-level language. You can't set course-specific languages in Ultra at this time.

User level

Individuals may choose their preferred language packs unless a language pack choice has been set to be enforced.

Customized names for content areas and tools aren't changed with the language pack. These values stay the same for all language packs. The default names in the system are translated and appear differently in each language pack.


How do I set a language pack?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about changing the language pack.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section and select Properties.
  2. On the Properties page, make a selection from the Language Pack list.
  3. Select Enforce Language Pack to always display this course in the selected language pack.
  4. Select Submit.

If you don't choose a language pack for a course, the course will display in the user's preferred language pack. Or, if the user hasn't set a preferred language pack, the system default language pack displays.


Why are some course areas not impacted by language pack selections?

For the most part, the Control Panel appears in the selected language pack of a course and not in the language pack selected by the user. In a few places within a course, the page will display with the system default or the user's preferred language pack rather than the course language pack. These pages won't display in the selected course language pack:

  • Control Panel > Course Information > Edit Item, Copy Item, Add Item, Delete Item
  • Control Panel > Copy Files to Content Collection
  • Control Panel > Discussion Board > Add Forum
  • Control Panel > Announcements > Confirmation receipt

ULTRA: How do I find my courses?

From the list where your name appears, your course list is available wherever you are in the system.

On the Courses page, you can access all of your courses, no matter which course view they're delivered in. The Ultra Course View and the Original Course View appear seamlessly in the list. The Original Course View now appears with a new design, and any previous themes or color selections are overridden. Course cards include an Original Course View label when delivered in this format.

More on the Courses page in Ultra


ULTRA: Can I customize my course list?

No, you can't change the order of courses in the list. Courses are listed in alphabetical order and grouped by term.

If you access a course frequently, you can select the star icon to add it to your favorites so it appears at the top of your course list. No more scrolling! You can select the star icon again to remove a course from your favorites when you're done working in it often.


ULTRA: How do I create content?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating content.

Your course creation starts on the Course Content page. You'll find it's easy to discover features and complete actions.

Add content. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also expand or create a folder and add content. Create new content, upload something you already have, or add content from external sources or from another course.

Create: Add documents, links, folders, discussions, assignments, and tests. A panel opens and you can choose the content type you want to add.

Upload: Select Upload to browse for files on your computer or drag files from your desktop onto Upload. They will appear in the content list. Students select a file title to download it. You can also expand or create a folder and upload files. Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Copy Content: Select Copy Content to copy an entire course or select items from the Ultra courses you teach. Want to copy an entire Original course or import a course package? Select the More options icon next to the Batch Edit link and select the Import Content option.

More on exporting and archiving your course

Content Market: You can discover and add content and tools from external sources. Access valuable learning materials from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan and Jones & Bartlett.

More on copying and importing content

Cloud Storage: You can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files, such as OneDrive® and Google Drive™. You may choose multiple files from cloud storage to add to your Course Content page in one action. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course.

More on cloud storage

Content Collection: Add files from your institution's shared repository. You can store and find content in personal, course, and institution folders in the Content Collection. If you stored files from other courses in the Content Collection, you'll be able to easily find and add them.

More on browsing and adding files from the Content Collection

Control what students see. Students can't access your content until you decide to show it, but you can always see it. Select an item's visibility to change it. You might show only the first week of content—and keep the rest hidden as you refine it. Have fun! Experiment! You can also create rules to release content based on date, time, or how a student performs on other items in your course. When you create these rules, you can choose whether the item is visible to students before they have access.

With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.

Organize with folders. You can create two levels of folders to organize your content. Students won't get lost looking for materials, and your content is easier to manage. Also, students can navigate easier on smaller screens when they don't have to search for materials. Optionally, add folder descriptions to help students understand what content you have included in them. After you already have two levels of folders, you can't create a third level or upload a folder into the second-level folder.

Reorder content easily. Point to an item to reveal its management functions. Select the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the list.

With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon and press Enter to activate move mode.
  2. Use the arrow keys to choose a location and press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

Edit and delete content. In an item's row, select the menu to access the Edit and Delete functions. You can make changes or delete an item from your course. If you delete a folder that has content, the content is also removed from the Course Content page.

Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals. Students won't be able to see the goals you align with a file.

More on how to align goals with course content


ULTRA: How do I make my course available to students?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about making your course available.

From the list where your name appears, select the Courses link to access your course list. Point to a course card and open the menu to change your course availability.

You can make your course private while you add or experiment with content, and then open it to students when you're ready. Students see private courses in their course lists, but they can't access them.

You can also change your course from private to open on the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Can I hide course content from students until I'm ready?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about hiding content.

Yes. As you create content, you can set its availability. You can make content unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, and performance on other graded items.

More on conditional release in Ultra courses


ULTRA: How do I make my course content more accessible?

Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing students with more accessible content means each individual can choose formats that work best for them. If your institution uses Blackboard Ally, you can use the tool to help ensure your course content is accessible to every student.

Ally automatically scans your course content and performs steps to make files more accessible.

Get started with Ally in Ultra


ULTRA: How do I set a language pack?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about changing the language pack.

You can set your desired language for your overall system. At this time, you can't change language packs at the specific course level in the Ultra experience. The language change will affect all of your courses. Administrators can set specific course languages, and students can choose their preferred language packs.

You can change the language at a user level:

  1. Select Language on your profile.
  2. Select a language pack from the menu.
  3. Select Submit.