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Academic Adoption Day 2019

Registration is now open for the Academic Adoption Day
“Learning, Teaching & Assessment with Ultra”

On Monday 13th May join us and get the information and practice you need to understand the unique affordance of Ultra at our annual Academic Adoption Day, a special day just for academics and learning technologists like you.

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Learning, Teaching & Assessment with Ultra

During this workshop participants will experience an Instructor’s journey through some of  the key overarching themes unique to Ultra.

See our description and schedule for more information.

The aim of this year’s Academic Adoption Day workshop is to introduce participants to Blackboard Ultra, a New Generation Digital Learning Environment, and to inform and inspire participants regarding the benefits of Ultra unique affordance in Technology Enhanced Learning.

Experiential practice/ hands on activity during the workshop will be underpinned by the principles of Micro Learning.

Prior to attending the workshop on 13th May, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Ultra and the concept of Micro Learning on a dedicated online module. Participants will be contacted in due course.

During the workshop participants will experience an Instructor’s journey through some of  the key overarching themes unique to Ultra. They will have the opportunity to either:

i) create and curate accessible content
ii) design multifaceted assessment
iii) weave social networking-based conversations around course content and assignments
iv) understand the principles underpinning accessibility for all and Universal Design for Learning
v) explore data informed teaching, including data insights into student performance

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the workshop participants will:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of Ultra as Instructors
  2. Identify the unique benefits of Ultra
  3. Be able to download and export content created from the workshop
  4. Be able to make improvements to typical digital documents to make them accessible
  5. Know where to get help when using Ultra as Instructors.

Who is this session targeted at?

Academics, Academic Developers, Learning Technologists, Librarians, Graduate Teaching Assistants and Students creating or curating VLE content.


Basic computer skills: Use of Blackboard Learn to upload files/download and run files.

Mapping to the UKPSF:

This workshop broadly aligns to A1, A2, A4, K3, K4, V1, and V2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework. In particular, to V2 ‘Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners” and Core Knowledge 4, “The use and value of appropriate learning technologies”.


Blackboard’s Client Success team and Solution Engineer.

This is a four-and-a-half-hour workshop including collaborative working lunch. We would encourage participants to arrive 30 minutes before for refreshments and networking.

11:30 – 12:30

Welcome to the Academic Adoption Day with Ultra

Let’s get started

12:30 – 13:30

Collaborative Working Lunch

Brainstorming in clusters or smaller groups

13:30 – 15:30 Hands on group work incl. breaks and groups’ presentation
15:30 – 15:45 Refreshments
15:45 – 17:00 Groups’ presentations, feedback, wrap up and prize giving

*Agenda is subject to change. 

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