Feature Changes in Blackboard Ultra

 

Original Feature 

Ultra Feature 

Status in Ultra 

Details 

Not Available in Original 

Accommodations 

New Feature 

More granular controls have been added 

Achievements

To Be Determined 

Planned for Future Release 

Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Add/Modify Enrollments 

Roster, Enroll People 

Available with Limitations 

Please contact the IT Service Desk to request that a user be added.  

Adaptive Release

Conditional Availability

Available 

  

Additional Attempts to students in specific Assessment 

Additional Attempts to students in specific Assessments 

Available 

Due date exceptions are now available 

Announcements Course Announcements Available   

Anonymous Grading

Anonymous Grading

Available 

  

Assignments

Assignments

Available 

Improvements have been made to the grading functionality, including the ability to save settings in the inline grading tool. 

Attendance

Attendance

Available 

  

Audio/Video Feedback

Audio/Video Feedback

Available 

  

Blackboard Mobile App 

Blackboard Mobile App 

Updated

There is now a single app called Blackboard, which will adjust its options based on your role in the course. Instructors no longer require a separate app. Support for the Blackboard Instructor app will end in September 2022.

Blank Page

Documents

Available with Changes 

Documents in Ultra courses more closely resemble a web page. They can include images, text, and uploaded files. Attached files will now give the option to render inline.

Blogs 

To Be Determined 

Planned for Future Release 

Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Bulk Download of Assessments

Bulk Download of Assessments

Available 

Now available for Ultra courses. 

Calculated Formula

Calculated Formula

Available 

This question type is now available in Ultra courses. 

Calculated Numeric

Calculated Numeric

Available 

Calculated Numeric question type is now available in Ultra.

Calendar

Calendar

Available 

  

Calendar - Export

Calendar - Export

Available 

Exports sync with the calendar multiple times daily. 

Not Available in Original 

Calendar - Import

New Feature 

ICS files only; does not update. 

Contacts

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses. 

Content Editor

Content Editor

Available with Changes 

You now have the ability to create LaTex equations directly in the Content Editor. The equation will display as text in the editor, but will render as an equation upon saving.

Course Banner

Course Image (YouTube video)

Available 

  

Course Builder Role

To Be Determined 

Planned for Future Release 

Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Not Available in Original 

Course Faculty 

New Feature 

Now displays all instructors in multiple-instructor courses. 

Course Link

Course Link

Available with Limitations 

Create course links to some content and tool types in Ultra courses. Additional features are planned for Ultra courses. 

Course Menu

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses.  

Course Merge 

N/A 

Discontinued 

The instructor-facing tool is not compatible with Ultra, but system admins can merge Ultra courses. Instructors may contact the IT Service Desk to request a merge of Ultra courses. 

Course Messages

Course Messages

Available 

Instructors can now message students from Private courses; the message will be sent to the student's OHIO email address.

Course Reports

Student Activity

Available with changes 

Improvements have been made to the "Course Activity Related to Grades" report. Reporting for submission receipts has been added. 

Not Available in Original 

Course Schedule 

New feature 

Instructors can add a course schedule in the "Details and Actions" menu. 

Course Structures

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses. 

Course Surveys To Be Determined  Planned for future release  Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Not Available in Original

Course Tasks and Logs

New Feature

Instructors can now view the status of the following course processes: Copy, Convert to Ultra, Archive, Export, Import, and Restore

Course Themes

To Be Determined 

Planned for future release 

Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Date Management

Bulk Edit

Available with limitations 

Limitation: You can only edit within a single folder at a time; you cannot bulk edit items within and across folders at the same time.  

Decimal Points in Tests

Decimal Points in Tests

Available 

Ultra tests now support decimal point values.

Delegated Grading

Parallel Grading

Available with limitations 

There can be only two graders specified, graders cannot be assigned subsets of students, graders cannot also be reconcilers, graders cannot see the rubrics/scores or feedback submitted by other graders, and students can only view the rubric/score and feedback submitted by the reconciler.  

Not Available in Original  Discussion Analysis New Feature  Discussion analytics provide insights into forum participants and activities. This information can help to identify students who are participating or may need help and encouragement. 

Discussions

Discussions

Available with changes 

In Ultra courses, discussions with grading enabled have a detailed Discussion Analysis feature that provides insight on the level of complexity and critical thinking of a student's posts compared to their classmates'. Additional capabilities are planned. 

Limitation: You cannot prevent students from editing or deleting their posts, but replies are not deleted when posts are deleted. Subscriptions are not available, but discussion posts are included in the Activity Stream and daily notifications.  

Dropping Grades

Dropping Grades

Available with Limitations 

Ultra's Overall Grade calculation now allows for dropping a specified number of grades within a category.

Edit Mode

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses. 

Embed Media

Embed Media

Available with Limitations 

Limitation: Video can only be embedded from select sources, including YouTube and Vimeo. For other platforms, such as social media or news sites, create a link to the video.  

Files

Upload or Insert Local Files

Available with Limitations 

Upload files from desktop or cloud storage. Files can now be rendered inline within Course Content, Folders, and Learning Modules. 

Folders

Folders 

Available with Changes 

Folders now expand and collapse, rather than opening a new page.  

Limitation: Folders can only be nested two (2) levels deep. 

Glossary

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses. 

Grade Center

Gradebook

Available with Changes 

Student list or grid views are available. You can search and filter in the gradebook. By default, students only see the Total in their My Grades; all other items must be explicitly made available to them. Grade History can now be downloaded and multiple improvements have been added to weighted grades and categories. See Blackboard's Grading Help article or watch the Ultra Gradebook video for more details on the changes.  

Groups

Groups

Available with Changes 

Groups can be created in three different places within a course and can be used for the following purposes: Course Groups, Discussion Groups, and Assignment Groups. Group membership can be generated manually or randomly. Group Assignments now support multiple attempts. Groups can now be imported and exported.

Groups - Manual Enrollment

Groups - Custom Enrollment 

Available with Changes 

Instructors select the members of the groups from the list of students in the course.

Groups - Random Enrollment 

Groups - Randomly Assign

Available with Changes 

Randomly assigns enrolled students to groups based on instructor choice of number of students per group, or number of groups per set.

Not Available in Original

Groups - Reuse Group

New Feature

Once you have created a Course Group, you will have the ability to reuse that group rather than creating a new group set.

Groups - Self Enrollment

Groups - Self Enrollment

Available with Changes 

Instructors set the number of students per group and the number of groups, students then select a group in which to enroll.

Not Available in Original 

Insert Item from Web

New Feature 

Ultra courses natively embed videos from multiple websites including Panopto, FlipGrid, SlideShare, Prezi, VoiceThread, Vimeo, and YouTube. 

Not Available in Original 

Institution-based cloud storage

New Feature 

You can add content from your OHIO OneDrive for Business account directly to Ultra courses. 

Item

Document

Available with Changes 

Documents in Ultra courses more closely resemble a web page. They can include images, text, and uploaded files. Attached files will now give the option to render inline.

Item Analysis

Question Analysis

Available 

 

Journal

Journal

Available with Limitations 

Limitation: Grading may be enabled for a Journal, which automatically creates a column in the Gradebook for the Journal. However, there is not yet a workflow for reading and grading a Journal simultaneously. This is on the road map for future development. Improvements have been made to the number of entries possible, navigation, and grading. 

Learning Module

Learning Module 

Available 

Additional features are planned for Ultra courses. 

Lesson Plan

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses.  

Mashup: Flickr 

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses. 

Mashup: Slideshare 

N/A 

Discontinued 

SlideShare content may still be embedded using the Insert/Edit Media from Web feature. 

Mashup: YouTube 

N/A 

Discontinued 

YouTube content may still be embedded using the Insert/Edit Media from Web feature. 

Not Available in Original 

Office 365 Integration

New Feature 

Content from your OHIO OneDrive for Business account may be added directly to Ultra courses. 

Password Protected Assessments 

Password Protected Assessments 

Available 

Now available in Ultra courses. 

Performance Dashboard

N/A 

Discontinued 

Performance Dashboard is not currently planned for inclusion in Ultra courses, though many of the use cases supported by the Performance Dashboard are accommodated via the Course Activity Related to Grades report or directly in the Grade Center.

Portfolio Assignment N/A  Discontinued  Portfolios can still be created, but the specific assignment type no longer exists. 

Portfolios 

Portfolios

Available 

Portfolios are available within Blackboard, but cannot yet be added directly to an Ultra course. 

Not Available in Original 

Progress Tracking 

New Feature 

Progress Tracking provides a way for students to monitor their own progression through their coursework. 

Question Banks

Question Banks

Available

Instructors can now create new question banks within an Ultra course, as well as add, edit, and delete questions in existing banks. Sorting Controls have been added.

Question Regrading

Question Regrading

Available

Now available in Ultra courses. 

Question Sets

Question Pools

Available

Question Pools are the Ultra replacement of Random Blocks and Question Sets. 

Random Blocks (Questions)

Question Pools

Available 

Question Pools are the Ultra replacement of Random Blocks and Question Sets. 

Retention Center

N/A 

Discontinued 

Retention Center is not currently planned for inclusion in Ultra courses, though many of the use cases supported by the Retention Center are accommodated via the Course Activity Related to Grades report or directly in the Grade Center. 

Rich Text Editor (RTE)

Rich Text Editor (RTE)

Available with Limitations 

Tables are now available. Additional functionality of this tool is planned to include items such as emojis. New options are available within Tables.  

Rubrics

Rubrics

Available with Changes 

Points and Point Ranges are now available, size is limited to a maximum of 15x15. You can now copy rubrics between classes.

SafeAssign

SafeAssign

Available with New Feature 

SafeAssign is available for Assignments and Essay questions in Tests in Ultra courses. 

SafeAssign Direct Submit

To Be Determined 

Planned for Future Release 

Not yet developed, but planned for Ultra courses. 

Score Per Question

Score Per Question

Available 

Now available in Ultra courses. 

SCORM

SCORM

Available 

  

Self and Peer Assessment

Peer Assessment

Available with Limitations 

Qualitative peer assessment is now available in Ultra courses, with additional capabilities planned for the future. 

Send Email

Email

Available with Limitations 

Instructors can email students from the gradebook and can send email messages for some announcements.  Students can no longer email from within the course, but they can send course messages instead. 

Student Preview

Student Preview

Available 

Instructors now have the ability to delete their preview account from an Ultra course.

Tasks

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses.  

Not Available in Original  Test Additional Time New Feature  Available in Ultra with an option 50%, 100%, or unlimited extra time. 
Not Available in Original  Test Question Filtering New Feature  The question filter supports common test-taking strategies. For example, students may complete questions they know first and skip harder ones. The filter enables students to quickly return to skipped questions. Students may also use the filter to find essay questions.

Tests

Tests

Available with Limitations 

Recent improvements include upgrades to display settings, feedback controls, auto-posting of grades, the addition of calculated numeric question type, and download options. 

Video Everywhere/Browse My YouTube Videos 

Insert YouTube Video

Available with Changes 

Video Everywhere, or Browse My Youtube Videos, is called Insert Youtube Video in Ultra courses. 

Web Link

Web Link

Available 

  

Wiki

N/A 

Discontinued 

Feature has been discontinued and will not be available in Ultra courses.  

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Created
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