Two computer screens showing before and after view of Blackboard update

On Dec. 20, 2023, EVMS will update Blackboard to incorporate the new Ultra Base Navigation. This new navigation has a sleek, modern look and feel and will save you time with simpler workflows and easier access to important information.

What is the Ultra Base Navigation?

It is a modern, intuitive navigation menu that lives outside of courses. It includes links to new pages such as the Activity Stream, Messages, etc. that provide quick access to the most critical information consolidated from all your courses.

What does this mean for me?

  • Your courses will not change. They will look and operate exactly as they do now.
  • Starting Dec. 20, you will see the new navigation as soon as you log into Blackboard.
  • So, just sit back and take advantage of some of the benefits below!

How will this enhance your efficiency and experience?

  • Modern, intuitive user experience. You are going to enjoy this simple, intuitive, engaging user experience.
  • Works well on mobile devices. This navigation is designed to work well regardless of which device you’re using.
  • Aggregates important information. All your course and organization information – like messages and grades – is now consolidated into one global view, minimizing the time spent navigating into each individual course.
  • Only one click away. See something that needs your attention? Just click on it and you will be taken directly there, minimizing clicks and saving time.

Where can I find more information?

Visit the IDT Sharepoint site for articles and modules on the new Base Navigation! For additional support with Ultra Base Navigation, view a recording or visit the Blackboard Help page for resources.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Instructional Design and Technologies team at