Student Resources

Student Blackboard Guides

Get familiar with features in minutes. Watch short, engaging Blackboard Help videos on Blackboard’s most visited Learn and Collaborate help topics for  students. Click on each image to start watching now.

Introduction to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience for Students

Welcome to Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience – a learner-centered environment designed to improve user efficiency and satisfaction in a modern, comfortable, and simple interface. This overview will help you, the student, become familiar with the new interface. The streamlined navigation and workflows are designed to allow you to get in, get done, and get out.

Use the Calendar in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience

Timing is everything, that’s why we’ve added calendar to the base navigation. This global calendar provides events from across the system, showing dates from multiple courses in one convenient location. If you access the calendar with a course, it displays due dates, the course schedule, office hours, and events for that course only. Any events you add within a course are specific to that course.

Edit Your Profile in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience

Your profile is the place to edit information attached to your persona. In the list where your name appears, select your name to access your profile. Your profile appears with some information, and you can’t delete your profile. Your institution decides what you can customize.

Activity Stream in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience

The up-to-the-minute activity stream lets you jump directly into course actions.

Find Groups in the Ultra Course View

In the Ultra Course View, you won’t have a separate area for groups. Instead, instructors can create group assignments, tests, and discussions where you can collaborate with other students.

Messages in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience

In Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience, your messages all have one home—just like a normal inbox, but better. You can access all your messages right from the base navigation, or from your course. This video will take you on a functionality tour of the Messages feature.

Add a Journal Entry in the Ultra Course View

Journals provide a personal space for you to communicate privately with your instructor. Your instructor may grade your journal contributions or use them solely for communication.

Participate in Discussions in the Ultra Course View

Discussions work like an online forum about course concepts. Your instructor may expect you to create your own discussions and participate in existing ones.

Ally for Students in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Ally works within your Original courses to provide accessible course content in a format that works best for you. Accessible files include readable text for screen readers, pictures with captions, and easy-to-navigate content.

Distance Learning Support

Forsyth Tech continually strives to make sure all students studying online have all the tools and information they need to be successful. This orientation will help familiarize you with online learning, including the time commitment typically required for a class, success strategies, and computer skills you will need on your journey through graduation.