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 of Northwest Florida State College
Deidre Price, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Technology and Online Education
Northwest Florida State College

Reason for moving to the Ultra experience: 

“Though largely driven by a business decision, our change to Blackboard Learn has resulted in greater access to data analytics and increased accessibility.“

Transition timeline:

  • December 2017 – Decision to move from Desire to Learn (D2L) to Blackboard Learn
  • May 2018 – Cut over from D2L to Blackboard Learn with the full Ultra experience
  • Fall 2018 – Rolled out Analytics for Learn and Ally

Perspective on Learn Ultra:

“We transitioned from D2L to Learn at breakneck speed—in only one semester.  We attribute much of our success to Blackboard's support. There were two of us and five to seven Bbers helping to make this happen—they truly carried us.”

“The student experience within Learn Ultra is terrific. The student navigation is simple, the Activity Stream is remarkable, and the sense of aggregating, streamlining and simplifying communications is dramatically improved.”

“Ally is an amazing tool. Not only does it help improve accessibility, but it also gives faculty a goal and suggestions to reach that goal. We’ve seen tremendous growth in this area.”

“We have improved student success rates and withdrawal rates while lessening the student success burden on faculty by effectively acting on the insights gained from Analytics for Learn.”


  • Niceville, Florida
  • 5,000 FTE
  • Blackboard client since 2012
  • Bb products: Learn, Ally, Connect, Student Services, Analytics for Learn
Video: Deidre Price discusses NWFSC's move to Ultra.