Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation Student Quick Start Guide

Modified on: Tue, Jun 2, 2020 12:53 PM

Say goodbye to the old Blackboard Learn portal and say hello to Blackboard Learn Ultra Base Navigation, Forsyth Tech's next step in progressing to Blackboard Learn's more modern, intuitive navigation. This does NOT change how your courses look!


In this guide:


Institution Page

Your Profile

Activity Stream

Courses

Organizations

Calendar

Grades



Institution Page

An all-new landing screen with helpful links for using Blackboard and other resources.






Profile

In the list where your name appears, select your name to access your profile. Your profile appears with some information, and you can't delete your profile.





  • Profile picture: Upload a picture to replace the generic silhouette.
  • Basic Information: Update your personal information.
  • Global Notification Settings: Set up notifications for course activities.
  • Cloud Storage Accounts: Access your files in cloud storage.




Activity Stream

The up-to-the-minute activity stream lets you jump directly into course actions. You don't need to dig through the system, search for deadlines, or miss assignments and tests.





  • Receive reminders. View pending deadlines or overdue assignments, tests, and graded discussions.
  • Check your grades. Whenever your instructor grades an assignment, test, or graded discussion, you can access the grade in your stream. If your instructor updates a grade, the grade is also updated in the stream. 
  • Learn to juggle. Get a bird's eye view of your tasks across all your courses—then, prioritize! 
  • Filter your view. Use the Filter menu and choose Show All, Assignments and Tests, or Grades and Feedback.






Courses

View your courses in a timeline. Easily navigate to past, present, and future courses.




You can view the Courses page as either a list or a grid. Each course card lists the course title and instructor. If your course has multiple instructors, select Multiple Instructors for a list. Select More info to see the course ID, description, and schedule, if available.


You can see unavailable courses in your course list, but you can't access them. Unavailable courses appear with a gray accent line.


Use the search bar or the filter at the top of the page to narrow your view. Use the search function to find courses on the current page.


Move between past, current, and upcoming courses. If you have a lot of courses, you can also choose how many courses appear on each page. At the top of the list, you'll find a page selector to navigate through long lists.


If you access a course frequently, you can select the star icon to add it to your favorites so it appears at the top of your course list. No more scrolling! You can select the star icon again to remove a course from your favorites when you're finished working in it often.





Organizations

Institutions have organizations of different types, from academic to special interest. Organizations work just like courses in Blackboard Learn. For example, they have content, discussions, messages, and more.



You're a member if the organization is listed on the Organizations page. The organization leader and your institution manage enrollments, but you may be allowed to self-enroll. Contact the organization leader about enrollment. After you're enrolled, only the leader or an administrator can unenroll you.

Organizations are listed in order of enrollment, with the most recent first.



Calendar

From the global calendar in the list where your name appears, you can see all your upcoming due dates and meetings across your courses—all in one place.


In your calendar, find this event information:
  • Due dates. Assignment due dates appear automatically on your calendar.



Grades

Your grades are organized by course name and term in alphabetical order. You can select most items in any course to view details.




Want to dive in and focus on one course? Select a course name to go to that course's grades page. You may have two types of courses.


If your instructor has set up the overall grade, select the grade pill next to the name of your course to open a panel with more information.






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