Navigating Blackboard Ultra (Student View)

This guide pertains to Ultra Course View.

If your course is in Original Course View, see the Original Course View tutorial collection.


This guide explains the meanings of content icons and their purpose within Blackboard Ultra.





Learning modules contain multiple items relevant to a single chapter, unit, or week of a course. Modules are generally themed and separate and sequence categories of content throughout a course.


Folders are similar to modules in that they contain multiple different content items. Folders differ from modules as they are not themed nor do they have a specified sequence, but rather are meant to house a list of items to avoid clutter.

Cloud Document

Cloud documents are items that are uploaded from your instructor’s OneDrive. These items will update automatically as your instructor edits them.

Course Link

Course links send the user to another area of the course and are indicated with a small “link” icon in the top left corner of the relevant item.


A link will always take you to an external website.

Link to Uploaded Document

This link allows you to view any uploaded documents by the instructor. You will not be taken to an external website.

LTI Connection

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) connections are links that lead to interactive learning activities.


Tests, quizzes, and surveys appear here.

Form A survey or questionnaire designed to gather student opinions.


Graded or extra credit opportunities appear here.

Cloud Collaboration

A document that multiple students may edit together. All changes appear live.


Sends the user to the relevant discussion board assignment.


Journals are private writing spaces that only you, the instructor, and the teaching assistant(s) may view.

Class Conversation

Students may discuss or ask questions about the given assignment.

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