This information applies only to the Ultra experience.

It's never been easier to teach. And learn.

The new CourseSites provides educators across the globe with access to Blackboard's comprehensive digital learning environment, including Learn, Collaborate, Ally, and our mobile apps. CourseSites is your destination to try out the Ultra experience and teach courses online, for free.

Not sure how to begin? Try our Top 15 list of things to try in CourseSites.


What is CourseSites?

With CourseSites, you can take advantage of our modern, intuitive, and personalized user interface—the Ultra experience—designed to make it easier than ever to teach and learn online, from any device. Through this cloud-based platform, you have access to a simple, yet powerful learning environment that goes beyond the traditional LMS. In addition to Blackboard Learn, you have access to Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Ally, and our mobile apps. Everything is seamlessly integrated into a connected experience.

With CourseSites, you can use the latest technology from Blackboard to deliver an unparalleled online learning experience for your students.


What is the Ultra experience?

The Ultra experience is our modern, intuitive, and engaging user interface that is designed to make it easier than ever to teach and learn online, from any device. Ultra is characterized by simplified workflows and an accessible, fully responsive design. The Ultra experience is consistent across our teaching and learning products—Learn, Collaborate, and our mobile apps—to provide a connected experience for educators and students.

More about the Ultra Experience


Watch a video about Ultra

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience provides an overview to help you become familiar with the new interface.

And the following video playlist provides additional Ultra experience tutorials for instructions.


How can I register and is it really free to use?

Registration is easy, and it's free for all! Simply fill out your name, email address, institution, role, and country—and you'll be on your way. And don't worry, your CourseSites account doesn't expire. Your membership is NOT a limited trial. You can use it for as long as you want! For free!

Please verify your email address within seven days to complete your Blackboard CourseSites registration!

Join CourseSites


How many courses do I get to conduct live teaching?

You get ten course shells to play with, build out content, and conduct live teaching. You'll have five courses in the Original Course View as well as five courses in the Ultra Course View. You're able to convert your five Original courses to be Ultra courses, so you can carry out live teaching with the Ultra Course View with up to ten courses. You'll also get a demo course with exemplary content that demonstrates best practices and the Ultra Course View's potential.

The Original Course View is familiar to many educators and students from Learn 9.1. The Original Course View is known for its unmatched breadth of functionality that allows for full control of the course design and presentation of content.


Can I import courses into CourseSites?

Yes, you can experiment with your existing Original courses in CourseSites.

  1. On the Courses page, access one of your CourseSites Original course shells.
  2. Navigate to Control Panel > > Packages and Utilities > Import Package/View Logs > Import Package
  3. On the Import Package page, browse for the course package on your computer. Select the course materials to include or Select All.
  4. Select Submit.
  5. You'll receive an email when the import process is complete.

More on importing course packages

The content from the course package is added to the Original shell. You can delete placeholder items on the course menu you no longer need.

Want to convert your Original course to the Ultra Course View? You can fully explore your Original course in the Ultra preview before you switch to the Ultra Course View. You can also review a list of features and functions that change or won't carry forward if you convert.

More on the Ultra course preview


Watch a video about importing courses into CourseSites

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Import courses explains how to import an Original course package into CourseSites.


How can I invite students to participate?

It's easy. For Ultra courses, select Roster under Details & Actions on the side of the course page and then select the Invite plus sign in the top corner of the page. On the Invite Students panel, you can invite students in two ways:

  • Paste the email addresses of the students you want to invite. You can add as many email addresses as you want by separating each address with a comma.
  • Scroll down to the Shareable Link to copy the link you can with students to allow them to enroll in your course.

For Original courses, go to the Control Panel in the course menu and select Users and Groups and then Users. You can invite students in two ways:

  • Copy the shareable link provided, which can be shared with students to allow them to enroll in your course.
  • Select Invite Users and paste the email addresses of the students you want to invite. You can add as many email addresses as you want by separating each address with a comma.

Is CourseSites mobile friendly? Can I use it with the Blackboard app for students and the Blackboard Instructor app?

Yes. The Ultra experience is responsively designed, meaning it adjusts to a wide variety of screen sizes for mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops. CourseSites also pairs with the Blackboard app for students and the Blackboard Instructor app. You and your students can easily stay connected and informed as well as complete common tasks from anywhere. Simply download the app, type CourseSites (NEW) by Blackboard as the school name, and use your CourseSites username and password. View the instruction guide for more details on the mobile app.


Is CourseSites available in languages other than US English?

The Ultra experience is available in many languages. In the Ultra experience, you may set a language pack for all of your courses. Your students can change their preferred language as well.

View and change the language at a user level:

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

More on changing the language pack


Where can I get help?

Try one of these links for help on specific features. Or, you can log in to CourseSites and select the question mark icon for Help anywhere you see it.

Profile

Activity Stream

Courses

Organizations

Calendar

Messages

Grades

Tools


Can I use Collaborate with the Ultra experience in CourseSites?

Collaborate is integrated with Learn Ultra, which allows you to explore and experiment with your CourseSites account. To make it available in your Ultra course, use these steps:

  1. Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra experience gives you a room for each of your courses. We call this a Course Room. You can find the Course Room in your course's Details & Actionssection.
  2. On the New Session panel, you can set the title, date/time, and other settings. Remember, if you use guest access ONLY, your students' names aren't pulled into the session.
  3. Select Session Settings on the panel to allow Recording Downloads, Moderator Permissions, and Participant Permissions.
  4. After you choose Save, you'll see your sessions listed on the screen.

If you have further questions about Collaborate with the Ultra experience, check out the Collaborate Ultra help pages.


How can I get in touch with someone at Blackboard?

Connect with us through the Blackboard Community.


Where can I share my product improvement idea?

Feedback is always welcomed and plays a huge part in our product development process! Please submit your ideas at community.blackboard.com/community/ideas (available in English only).