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To support future improvement to our learning management system (LMS), Concordia has implemented Blackboard's Ultra Base Navigation.
Ultra Base Navigation provides updates to much of the navigation leading into courses. Experience within your courses has not changed.
Specific improvements include an updated view to your courses, improved control of your profile, an activity stream that will help you to stay on top of your course work, and improved control of alerts and notifications.
For more information about each of the changes introduced within Ultra Base Navigation, see the following resources.
- Manage Your Course View
- View Your Activity Stream
- Manage Your Profile
- Manage Notifications
- Access Your Grades Using the Grades Tab
- Common Questions / Issues
Manage Your Course View
The Courses link is located in the left sidebar of your Blackboard page. Once you click the Courses link in the left side bar, you will be able to view all of your courses and sort them accordingly.
- The Courses page provides a view of all of your courses:
- Past, Present, Future
- You have the ability to customize your Courses page to:
- View in list or grid format
- Filter your page view
- Customize how many courses are viewed on the page
- Star your favorites (This will move the course to the top of the page)
- Hide courses
Note: Courses cannot be re-ordered in your list. They are organized in alphabetical order and by term, with the newest courses displayed first.
The following articles include additional information specific to students or instructors:
View Your Activity Stream
Blackboard's Activity Stream helps you to stay on top of current and upcoming events within your courses. It displays reminders of items due, and notice of important actions such as announcements, messages, and the posting of grades. Accessing those assignments, messages, and grades is just a click away.
After logging into Blackboard, you will see a link to your Activity Stream located in the left sidebar.
The Activity Stream organizes information in four categories: Important, Upcoming, Today, and Recent. These items correspond with specific dates and automatically update. Within these categories, you can see what items need your attention and you access these activities with one click.
Customizing the Activity Stream is possible, allowing you to show or hide specific activities. Comprehensive information on customizing your Activity Stream can be found in the Blackboard knowledge base article.
The video below provides a brief introduction to the Activity Stream.
You may also find additional helpful information in these articles:
Manage Your Profile
Clicking on your name in the left sidebar will take you to your Profile page. Your Profile page includes your personal information and settings, some of which can be edited by you.
The Profile page includes basic information such as your name, email address, student ID, and the option to change your password. You can also set up Global Notifications. The avatar you select will appear on your Profile and next to your activity in your courses.
Below is a short video that will walk you through updating and editing your Profile.
Users have the ability to customize which notifications are viewed for all courses. These notifications can be managed within the activity stream.
- Click on the Activity Stream located in the left sidebar.
- Click on the gear icon in the top left corner of the page.
- This will open up the Notification Settings. Here, you have the option to adjust your Stream Notifications, Email Notifications, and Push Notifications.
- The video below will walk you through setting your notifications in the Activity Stream.
You may also find this knowledge base article on Notifications helpful.
To access all of your course grades, click on Grades located in the left sidebar of the page.
To access your grades for a specific course, click on the name of the course. This page will show you a list of your graded work, and the status of your work (pending, graded, or how many attempts you have made). If your submission appears in red, you have submitted your work past the due date.
When your grades are posted, you will also see them in your Activity Stream. Clicking on View my grade will show you your grade. In order to access details about your grade, please refer to the section below, titled Viewing Feedback.
To view feedback and your attempts, click on your grade for a specific assignment. This will open up the Submission panel. Click on your attempt to view the grade details and the feedback from your instructor.
This knowledge base article provides additional information on viewing your grades.