Hull York Medical School has upgraded from Blackboard Original to Blackboard Ultra. Please access the below video tutorial or written guidance that provide an overview of the new Phase II Blackboard Ultra layout and key Ultra features and functionality.
Phase II course structure
In Phase II, Year 3 and Year 4 students will continue to access a year course area for key year specific programme information, assessment content, other key information (such as information related to workshops and communication masterclasses), as well as year specific announcements and discussion board content.
Each block course area contains block-specific content, such as block learning content and learning outcomes, and pharmacology, prescribing and therapeutics content. Content is also structured by clinical topic.
Key Ultra features and functionality
As mentioned previously, whilst the look and feel of Blackboard Ultra is very different to Original, much of the key functionally and features remain the same. When you enter a Blackboard Ultra course, you will see course content immediately visible under the course content area. The content area of the course is where all the resources and collaborative learning activities are posted. Course content is organised in folders and learning modules. As within this clinical topic learning module. You can click on a folder or learning module to access content, such as documents, web links, and recordings.
Across the top navigation menu you can access tabs to the Blackboard default calendar, course announcements, discussions, and the gradebook.
From the announcements tab you can access all course announcements posted by staff members. Announcements will continue to be the primary Blackboard tool the Medical School uses to communicate with students. Staff from across the school will use the Announcements forum to promote events, send reminders regarding assessments and to send other time specific information related to the programme.
The discussions tab displays all the discussions that have been set up in a specific Blackboard course. From the year course discussion tab, we invite you to create your own thread about any topics / points you want to discuss with your peers or the facilitators throughout the year.
Please also see further guidance at the following link; discussions guidance.
The grade book tab allows you to access course grading and feedback. We will be posting new howto help pages shortly that will provide further guidance on submission, grading and feedback in Blackboard Ultra.
Also accessible from the navigation menu is the Blackboard built-in messaging system.