Coming this summer: a new way to navigate Blackboard

This summer, UA Little Rock will be making the transition to Blackboard’s Base Navigation — a new way to access your Blackboard courses. The update to BaseNav will take place between the Spring and Summer semesters, and though it does represent a significant change in the overall appearance and functionality of our Blackboard environment, the update will not impact functionality within courses themselves.

Scholarly Technology and Resources will be sharing more information about the transition and what it means for you and your students in the coming weeks, but please contact star@ualr.edu if you have questions or feedback about the transition.

A new way to navigate your courses: Blackboard’s updated navigation interface consolidates information from across courses, giving one-click access to critical information in a responsive, mobile-friendly environment. The Base Navigation sidebar keeps important tools and features grouped together so that you don’t have to hunt for what you need. Check out this guide for a full list of features.

Keep track of your courses with the Activity Stream: Previously a feature tucked away within the global navigation menu, Base Navigation puts the Blackboard Activity stream front-and-center so that you and your students can easily view important notifications and course updates. A preview of the Activity Stream on Blackboard’s YouTube channel shows this in action.

Easy access to personal settings: The new user profile page makes it easy to edit your personal preferences, with directory information and notification settings grouped together all in one place — you can see a preview of the user profile page on YouTube!

It’s time to update your profile image: Blackboard will no longer support their Cloud Profile and Social Learning Tools platform beginning this spring, but you can still upload a profile image by following these steps!

The path to Blackboard Ultra: The update to Base Navigation is an important stepping stone toward enabling the Ultra experience, Blackboard’s newly designed course interface. Courses that use the Ultra experience seamlessly integrate with Base Navigation, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and other tools in the Ultra suite. Ultra’s responsive design makes it easier for students to access course content on a wider array of devices, and updated course design workflows for faculty directly respond to feedback from across the globe. Though Ultra is still further down the path for UA Little Rock, STaR is looking forward to answering your questions and feedback this semester.

Contact us at star@ualr.edu if you have questions about Blackboard at UA Little Rock!

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