Improving UB Learns

The UB Learns support team is committed to providing the most up-to-date educational resources that help instructors deliver innovative and engaging online content to their students.

Recent Updates

Past Term Student EnrollmentsPast Term St

As of December 2020, past term student enrollments are now set as "Unavailable." Student grades, postings and interactions will now remain visible to the instructor after the semester ends.

Content Editor

Blackboard has released an update to the toolbar that appears when editing text boxes. The update includes improvements to existing tools, a new accessibility checker and the ability to display computer code. Some icons have changed, and the options to embed files, images, videos and mashups are now available by clicking on the plus icon.

Previous Updates


Portfolios provide a way for students to efficiently collect and organize artifacts representative of work completed over time.

Bb Annotate

Instructors can use Bb Annotate to provide customizable feedback to students. Features of Bb Annotate include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections and much more.

Ultra Base Navigation

Ultra Base Navigation is an easy-to-navigate system menu that provides quick access to critical information, such as grading tasks, due dates and activities, for all your courses.

Responus Monitor

Respondus Monitor, available in Respondus LockDown Browser, uses video analytics and a student’s webcam to deter cheating during non-proctored exams.

Facilitator Role

Blackboard has released a new course role to assist with the organization and administration of course tasks. Facilitator role privileges are similar to existing Instructor and Teaching Assistant roles.

Cloud Delivery (SaaS)

Moving UB Learns to a cloud-delivery environment (also known as Software as a Service or SaaS) provides the foundation for future upgrades to UB Learns, including Blackboard's Ultra Experience. Instructors and students will still use UB Learns exactly the way they did during the fall 2019 semester.

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