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 of Meharry Medical College
Teresa Young
Director of Learning Technologies
Meharry Medical College

Reason for moving to Ultra: 

“Our vision is to offer each student the same high level of instruction, regardless of their geographic location. This requires having an LMS that is most user-friendly and always up and running.”

Transition timeline:

  • July 2018 – Moved from Managed Hosting to SaaS
  • April 2019 – Enabled the Ultra Base Navigation
  • May 2019 – Full Ultra, all courses are using Ultra Course View

Perspective on Learn Ultra:

“Learn Ultra is laid out so simply that questions from instructors have lessened by at least 50%. It’s a perfect fit for instructors that aren’t as tech savvy.”

“Our instructors’ reaction to the Ultra Base Navigation was very positive. They have enjoyed the updated look and like the new customized landing page.”

“The change to Ultra is prompting a new level of interest with instructors. I am seeing names registered for training that I have never seen before—it’s great.”

“The impact of SaaS is 100% positive. It eliminated the chaos of trying to figure out when to take the system down for upgrades. The SaaS documentation is great also.”


  • Historically Black Medical College (HBCU)
  • Nashville, TN
  • 825 FTE
  • Blackboard client since 2002
  • Bb products: Learn Ultra, Collaborate Ultra, and Ally