On May 15th 2018 Blackboard Learn at Loyola was upgraded to activate Ultra Navigation. This changes how users log in and find their courses in Blackboard, but makes only minor, cosmetic changes to the structure or content of courses.
Ultra Navigation is one step, but not the final step, toward implementing Blackboard Ultra Experience here at Loyola. The Ultra Experience is a new version of Blackboard with a completely new look and feel that will impact the structure and content of all courses. The change made in May much smaller in scope.
Users who were familiar with Blackboard Learn screens prior to May 15th will notice the following differences:
1: The login screen (loyno.blackboard.com) will has different appearance. However, it still asks for a username and password, and provides a link to help for Blackboard users.
2: The Landing Page (first screen after logging in) is now the Activity Stream page, identifying upcoming and recent events in the user's active courses. The Activity Stream reminds students of upcoming due dates and feedback from instructors. It reminds instructors of submissions needing grading, messages from students, and the like.
3: A new Navigation Panel on the left-hand side of the screen provides options for accessing individual courses, the Blackboard Calendar, My Grades, and other Blackboard tools and university resources.
4: A new Courses Page lists all courses in which the user is enrolled. The list can be customized by hiding courses, and instructors will have the option of marking courses as private (unavailable to students) or completed (students can see content but can't submit any kind of work).
5: There is a new Institution Page, with links to selected university resources.
6: Within each course there are only small differences in the appearance of text and/or buttons in the course menu, and in the standard icons that identify different types of course content (tests, documents, assignments, links, etc.).
The organizational structure of each course, including content files (PowerPoint slides, Word Processing Documents, Links, Videos, etc.), remains unchanged. Course functions such as the grade center, "needs grading," discussion boards, online tests, and submission of written assignments, work the same way and largely look the same as now.
to watch a 2-minute video about the Activity Stream page on Blackboard TV (YouTube)
to visit Blackboard's help for the Courses page (for instructors).
to visit Blackboard's help for the Courses page (for students).
On the courses page, all the courses in which you are enrolled will be listed in alphabetical order by course title. For some users with older courses, the screen might be split up, so you'll need to click on right or left arrows near the top of the screen to find older or newer courses. This might seem unwieldy at first, but there are ways of managing the list to make it easier to find the course or courses you want:
Students and Instructors can both:
Instructors have additional options, available by clicking on the "extras" icon (three dots) to the far right of each course:
If you are enrolled in a large number of courses, be aware of the counter near the top right, circled in red here:
The counter reminds you of the total number of courses that are included on this display. By default, the web page will list a maximum of 50 courses at a time, so if you have more than 50 in the same category, it might be necessary to click on the left or right arrows to page through them. Clicking on the small, black, down-arrow will bring up options to change the number of courses that can be listed on a single page.