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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Blackboard Learn Ultra

Welcoming Learn Ultra as our new Virtual Learning Environment

At the start of the 2021/22 academic year, we will be moving to a new platform for teaching and learning: Learn Ultra.

This Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will replace the teaching and learning parts of the existing Blackboard Learn system, better known as duo.

Learn Ultra delivers a simpler, more powerful teaching and learning experience that is needed to support our education strategy going forward.

Duo has been our University-wide VLE for over 20 years, and like other home-grown systems, it's been used for many things not just teaching and learning. As such, it is complex to manage and requires significant downtime periods for maintenance and updates.

Ultra will ensure we meet our strategic aim of having a "First-rate digital learning environment on par with the best in the UK". Ultra is hosted in the clous which will give us more flexibility to scale up as required, and to implement regular software updates without the need for lenghty downtime.

It also has a modern, intuitive, fully responsive interface that allows us to better engage with students and reduce the administrative effort associated with teaching and learning.

Staff can find out more about Learn Ultra and how to set up your courses on the new VLE via DCAD's dedicated Learn Ultra site.

Students can access Learn Ultra here.