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Blackboard Ultra FAQs

Can I automatically convert my Original course to an Ultra course?

No, this will not be possible. Ultra courses will be created afresh with a simple templated structure (similar to the current Original templates) and it will not be possible to convert or copy existing Original courses directly into new Ultra courses.

Ultra courses can, however, be easily copied into other Ultra courses, so once you have populated your new Ultra course(s) with content and activities you will be able to copy them across into the following year's Ultra course.

How long will I have to put my new NILE Ultra course(s) together?

Because it won't be possible to automatically convert Original courses to Ultra courses, Ultra courses will be created some time before they are required. For example, during the spring term of the 2020/21 academic year we plan to create Ultra development courses for all Level 4 and Foundation modules being taught from September 2021.

When will my NILE modules and programme courses be updated to Ultra courses?

NILE module-level and programme-level courses will be created as Original or Ultra courses according to the following UMT approved timeline:

NILE Module and Programme Ultra Timescales
  Undergraduate NILE Sites Postgraduate NILE Sites Programme NILE Sites
For delivery to students in: Level 4 &
Foundation
Modules
Level 5 Modules Level 6 Modules Level 7 Modules Level 8 Modules Programme Sites
2020/21 Academic Year Original Original Original Original Original Original
2021/22 Academic Year Ultra Original Original Original Original Original
2022/23 Academic Year Ultra Ultra Original Original Original Original
2023/24 Academic Year Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra Ultra

Do I have to do anything to update my Original courses to Ultra courses?

No, you don't need to do anything. NILE module-level and programme-level courses will be created as Original or Ultra courses automatically based on the timeline approved by UMT.

Can I see an example of what a finished Ultra course might look like?

Yes. We have put a complete Ultra course together as an example of what such a course might look like. All staff have been enrolled on this course, and you will be able to find it in the Organisations section of the NILE main menu. If you have a lot of NILE organisations you can find it quickly by using the search box. The full title of the organisation in 'CRIT101_ULTRA: Blackboard Ultra Demonstration Course (CRIT101: Critical Thinking - A Practical Introduction)'

If for any reason you have not been enrolled on the course and would like to be, please use the following form to request this.

Can I have my own Ultra course to try things out in?

Yes. All academic staff have access to their own Ultra organisation that can be used to try out Ultra and learn more about it. Your personal Ultra organisation can be found by logging into NILE, and selecting 'Organisations'. If you have a lot of NILE organisations you can find it quickly by using the search box. The full title of your personal Ultra organisation will be 'yourNILEusername_ULTRA: 'Your Name's Ultra Development Organisation'.

Ultra Development Organisation

If for a reason you do not have a personal Ultra development organisation, please use the following form to request one.

NILE modules and programme courses currently follow a standard template. Is there also a template for Ultra courses?

Yes, there is a template for Ultra module-level NILE courses which is similar in structure to the template used in Original courses. Your personal Ultra demonstration organisation has been created from this template so that you can see what it looks like. Also, the UON Ultra demonstration course follows the Ultra template too, so you can see an example of how this might be used in practice.

I have a staff-facing NILE organisation. Do I have to move it to Ultra?

Many professional services department have staff-facing NILE organisations. Examples of these include Staff Development's SD101 and Waterside Teaching Room Training sites, and APO's various Partner Resource Centres. While we are happy to provide and support and training to any professional services department, etc., to help them recreate their Original organisations as Ultra organisations, there is no immediate need for any of these organisations to become Ultra organisation.

Submit a question about Ultra

If you have a question about Ultra that has not been answered here, feel free to use this link to submit your question.

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form