Client Stories

Over 300 clients have made the move to Learn Ultra. Check out why they made the move, their path to Ultra, and the impact the new experience is having at their institutions. Plus, if you haven't made the move to SaaS deployment yet, view client perspectives on SaaS as well.

Learn Ultra

The migration to SaaS exceeded our expectations, and faculty and student acceptance of the Ultra Base Navigation was much faster than anticipated.

Judy Wright
Senior Director of Distance Education
Angelina College
Judy Wright of Angelina College
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We have always led the adoption of best practices in education and our digital transformation will be no exception. We needed a state-of-the-art LMS to support this evolution, and Blackboard Learn Ultra is the perfect fit for us.

Dr. Osama A. Kensara
BMC Dean
Batterjee Medical College
Dr. Osama A. Kensara
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Both faculty and students find the Ultra Course View more visually appealing and user friendly.

Geoff Price, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Technology
Belmont University
Geoff Price of Belmont University
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We have 15,000 students and more than 50% of them are relying on mobile devices – working in Starbucks and on Rapid Transit. We needed Blackboard’s highly responsive, clean design, the Ultra experience.

Roger Wen, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Online Campus
Cal State East Bay
Roger Wen of Cal State East Bay
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Learn Ultra supports our goals of retaining and graduating more students. It looks great, facilitates communication, and offers students the educational resources needed to be successful.

Jean Marlow
Deputy Chief Technology Officer
Eastern Kentucky University
Jean Marlow of Eastern Kentucky University
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Moving to the Ultra Base Navigation and SaaS has been great. It was a painless transition and we should have done it long before we did.

Tiffany Cantrell
Director of Faulkner University Online
Faulkner University
Tiffany Cantrell, Director of Faulkner University Online
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Blackboard Learn is critical to our vision of growth and is one of the catalysts of change needed to meet our aggressive goals.

Paulita Brooker, Ed.D.
Associate Provost for E-Learning and Continuing Education
Houston Baptist University
Paulita Brooker, Ed.D. of Houston Baptist University
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Blackboard has made noticeable, meaningful changes—from both a Learn product and company perspective—that make it easy and enjoyable to be their partner.

Brad Katz
Former Director of Teaching & Learning and Educational Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Brad Katz of the Illinois Institute of Technology
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Our instructors are medical or clinical—they may not be heavy computer users. The user-friendliness of the Ultra Course Experience has made teaching in Blackboard so much easier.

Teresa Young
Director of Learning Technologies
Meharry Medical College
Teresa Young of Meharry Medical College
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With 98% of our students using Learn, it has become a part of our brand. Learn influences students’ perception of our ability to teach them what they need to be successful. Ultra helps us create the modern perception we’re aiming for.

Stephanie Richter
Director of Faculty Development and Instructional Support
Northern Illinois University
Stephanie Richter
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We have partnered with Blackboard as we felt they are, with their new products and enterprise partnership ambitions, the leading technology company to support Northumbria to deliver an innovative and dynamic student learning experience.

Professor Peter Francis
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Northumbria University
Prof. Peter Francis of Northumbria University
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As a professor, I enjoy teaching with Blackboard Learn's Course View. I love the responsive design, that it offers tips and tricks along the way, and that it is intuitive for students. Learn Ultra is beautiful and is continuously getting better.

Deidre Price, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Technology and Online Education
Northwest Florida State College
Deidre Price of Northwest Florida State College
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Moving to SaaS and Ultra has greatly improved the student and faculty teaching experience and it has fully improved my team’s ability to support it.

Lisa Sawtell, M.Ed.
Director of Online Learning & Educational Technology
Stetson University
Lisa Sawtell of Stetson University
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I'd encourage other institutions to move to the Ultra Base Navigation now. Don’t hesitate. Give your instructors and students the modern interface they want and expect.

Misty Pitts, MBA
Assistant Director, LMS Administrator
University of La Verne
Misty Pitts
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We are a part of the City of Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees (55K), a program to advance our citizens’ education achievement. Learn Ultra and Collaborate Ultra help us attract and educate students in order to deliver on these 55K goals.

Alicia Dunlap
Assistant Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Louisville
Alicia Dunlap
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Learn Ultra helps us support content and assessment delivery, engage the campus beyond the traditional classroom, and provide flexible instruction expected by our students.

Mariann Hawken, D.M.
eLearning Coordinator
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Mariann Hawken, D.M., UMBC
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SaaS Deployment

We have 5 colleges with varying schedules which was making it increasingly difficult to find windows for updates and new releases.

William McKinney
Blackboard System Administrator
Baylor College of Medicine
William McKinney of Baylor College of Medicine
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We migrated 25,000 courses in 3 days. It was a nice, smooth migration.

Jolene Jackson
Director of Business Systems
Bellevue University
Jolene Jackson
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The benefits of SaaS are numerous: zero downtime, equal if not faster speeds, disaster recovery, and we are now always on the latest release.

Michael Shelmet
Director of Instructional Technology
Drexel University
Michael Shelmet
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Moving to SaaS has reduced our total cost of ownership for Blackboard Learn; we are especially seeing benefits from a reduced administrative burden.

Michael Robinson
Digital Learning Manager
Edge Hill University
Michael Robinson
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Moving to SaaS was effortless; there was not much to it.

Kimberley N. Stevenson, Ed.D.
Director of Distance Education & Teaching Excellence
Elizabeth City State University
Kimberley N. Stevenson
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With SaaS deployment, we don’t have to worry about capacity or availability. In other words, we are no longer limited—our capacity for learning innovation is now unhindered.

Javier Apat
Chief Information Officer
Instituto Technologlco de Buenos Aires
Javier Apat
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With SaaS, we get increased stability, data recovery, and faster roadmap delivery. Plus, we’ll have access to Learn Ultra which offers simplified workflows and a modern look and feel.

Dr. Esin Caglayan
IUE’s Teaching and Learning Center
Izmir University of Economics
Dr. Esin Caglayan
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Our migration went so smoothly. Our project coordinator met with us on a regular basis and knew exactly what was needed. There were no surprises; it just worked.

Chuck Grubisic
Director of Technology Services and Operations
Lakeland University
Chuck Grubisic
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SaaS deployment allows our small team to devote more time to a higher quality teaching and learning environment.

Kathy Saville
Director of Distance Education and Instructional Technology
Saint Mary's College
Kathy Saville
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Moving to a cloud-based delivery model is an important first step for us. It sets in motion our strategic plan to become the first fully digital campus in the UAE, and zero downtime is critical to achieving this objective.

Hamdan Alkalbani
Head of the Digital Transformation & Innovation Department
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi
Hamdan Alkalbani
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Our goal is to grow enrollments to 15,000; SaaS offers us the flexibility and scalability needed to manage this fast rate of growth.

Denise Dougherty
Systems Administrator
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
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Moving to SaaS is like gaining headcount. Now my team is free to invest time in more meaningful tasks—like faculty development.

Bryan Fendley
Director of Instructional Technology and Web Services
University of Arkansa at Monticello
Bryan Fendley
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We evaluated 4 LMS providers, conducted 3 internal surveys, and involved all stakeholders. Upon conclusion, we decided that Blackboard continues to be the right solution for UNI.

Jeffrey Ries
Applications Administrator, LMS
University of Northern Iowa
Jeff Ries
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The transition [to SaaS] has significantly increased the value of our investments in education technology as it enables us to expand our teaching and learning strategies.

Dolf Jordaan
Deputy Director E-Learning & Media Development
University of Pretoria
Dolf Jordaan
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