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Navigating an Ultra site


Blackboard Ultra has a new user interface designed to make sites easy to use and accessible.


There are three menus used to navigate an Ultra site:

  1. Top Menu: access course tools including the Gradebook and Messages.
  2. Course Content area: course content is created and accessed here.
  3. Details & Actions access site tools including the Class Register and Announcements.

Clicking on a Learning Module to expand it and then clicking on an item within the Learning Module to open it

Top menu

The menu above the Course Content area gives access to a number of course tools.

Menu item Description
Content Return to the Course Content area
Calendar View the Blackboard Calendar for this course
Discussions Quick access all of the course's discussion boards
Gradebook Quick access grade information for all of the marked items in a course
Messages Send private messages to individual students or groups
Analytics Not currently used at York
Student Preview View the course as it appears to a student


The Blackboard Calendar is not currently integrated with Google Calendar or the University's timetabling system.

Course Content

Content is created and accessed in the Course Content area.

Items can be organised in content containers such as Folders or Learning Modules.

Click a content container to expand it. You will see a list of all the items in the content container.

You can open any of the items in a content container by clicking on them. You can collapse the Learning Module or Folder by clicking on it again.

Clicking on a Learning Module to expand it and then clicking on an item within the Learning Module to open it

To open an item, click the item in the Course Content area.

To close the item and return to the Course Content area, click X.

Clicking on an item in the course content area to open it and then clicking the X to close it


For more information on Folders and Learning Modules, please refer to the Folders vs Learning Modules guide.

Details & Actions

This menu on the left hand side of the screen gives access to a number of different tools.

Menu item Description
Class register List of everyone enrolled on the site, including staff members
Course Groups Create and manage student groups
Course Image Upload, edit or remove the site's Course Image
Course is open / Course is private Set the course as visible or invisible to students
Class Collaborate Access the Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom
Attendance Not used at York
Announcements Create announcements and view previous announcements
Books & Tools Access LTI tools such as Reading Lists and Panopto/Replay
Question banks Build and manage sets of questions shared between tests