Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Monday, Mar 16, 2020. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra - Course Navigation 03/17/2020

Posted: 15:13:19, Monday, Mar 16, 2020   Expiration: 15:13:19, Monday, Mar 30, 2020  

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the shift towards online education at many University of Wisconsin System (UWS) institutions, the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conference tool will be made a default part of Canvas course navigation in the Digital Learning Environment (DLE) until the end of the emergency.

This change will take place on 03/17/2020 between 5 AM and noon. The change should not impact in-progress Collaborate Ultra sessions. Users may briefly not see Collaborate Ultra on their course navigation (or see it twice) while the change is being made. [Update: Changes complete at approximately 8:00 AM on 03/17/2020.]

This change will include courses in all Instructional sub-accounts except for UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point. This change will also not include the Training & Development and Continuing Education instances of Canvas.

Users will now see Collaborate Ultra as an option in their course navigation:

Instructors who wish to remove Collaborate Ultra from their course navigation can do so by following the instructions in How do I manage Course Navigation links.

For more information about continuity of service efforts from UWS and vendors, see DLE Continuity of Service topic in the DLE KB.

Users can learn the basics of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra through the Blackboard Collaborate with the Ultra Experience User Interface Tour video or through a live training webinar from Blackboard. They can get answers for many questions with the Collaborate Ultra Experience Help guides. 

-- UWSA DLE: Thomas Arendalkowski

Created: 18:25:21, Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 (by Thomas A.)
Updated: 08:17:50, Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020 (by Thomas A.)