Building your module

Create an announcement

Announcements are much more prominent now appearing as a pop up, in the activity stream and messages pages.

Import from an Original module

Although you can’t use the new Copy Content tool to move content from Original to Ultra modules, you will be able to import content by using Zip files. You can find further information in our Ultra 101 guide on reusing content.

Drag and drop a file or image

You can add files and images to the content area or the text editor by dragging them from your computer’s file explorer.

Add an external tool or content item

Tools like Turnitn and YuJa can be accessed in a few different ways using the ‘Content & Tools’ option. Blackboard call this the Content Market, but we renamed it to make it more meaningful. Depending on the type of tool and where you’re trying to place an item, you can access external services (e.g. Accessibility Report), embed a tool for your students (e.g. Turnitin) or insert specific content items (e.g. YuJa).

Check your accessibility score

Ally allows you to see how accessible your module is – more than that, it helps you fix any problems. You can access this report by clicking on View Content & Tools > Accessibility Report. You can find further information in our Ally Service Guides.

Experiment with conditional availability

Conditional availability used to be called adaptive release. It’s a great way to control how and when content and activities are made available to your students: by date/time, by performance (i.e. they need to pass a quiz), by sequence (i.e. they need to have clicked through the previous content first). We really like the idea of releasing content weekly inside of Learning Modules, allowing student to gradually progress through their module rather than getting it all at once.

You may have used adaptive release based on a participant or group membership in the past, however this functionality is not yet available in Ultra modules. This is something we are pushing Blackboard for, however, we have written a conditional release workaround guide in the meantime.

Find Collaborate in Ultra

Collaborate now has a permanent new home on the left hand side of the main module area (under Details & Actions). You can find further information in our Collaborate Service Guides.

Try out Groups

You can create groups for your students, created manually or as self-enrol. These groups allow you to do various things like groups assignments or target content/activities.

Batch Edit

Batch editing allows you to edit or change settings for multiple items of content, all at once.

Experiment with Learning Modules

Learning modules are a powerful way to structure your module. For example, you can group your content and activities by week, releasing it automatically by date. Content grouped in a Learning Module can also be clicked through in sequence by students.