Screen Shot 2020-02-04 at 3.12.55 PMIn Blackboard Learn the “Ultra Navigation” is a wonderful feature, which is a modern gateway to online learning with Blackboard. However, the Tools area requires LTI integrations.  There is a way to adopt any resource as an LTI tool.  This allows administrators to add more elements in the Base Navigation Tools section and grant  access to them by role (ex: students vs faculty).  Roles are applied to the Institutional Page modules: flexible LTI links in Custom Content and Helpful Links.

This may facilitate an easy transition from the Blackboard Community System (Portal) to Ultra Navigation, and become a better experience for faculty and students.

Do faculty have difficulty finding their courses in the term-based display? Do you have a Viking spirit to raid the features of Ultra Navigation? Let’s do it.

First, we need to use the LTI Tool Generation app.  After we approve the LTI domain we can start configuring individual links at tools for Ultra Navigation. Please note that as LTI tools such links can also reside in Original view or Ultra view courses.  The generation of tools takes 3 steps:

  1. Register the LTI tool domain and approve on your system
  2. Follow the steps to create LTI placement URLs (which can automatically put the link in Tools Area or Course Control Panel)
  3. Deploy the placements into Tools menu, Custom Content, or Courses.


Some examples of resources, which can be turned into Ultra tools:


  1. Your web pages with documentation and existing resources (ex: help.blackboard.com)
  2. Building Blocks without LTI functionality available (ex: My Courses Plus)
  3. Community System tools & modules (ex: tabs)
  4. Instructor tools from My Blackboard (ex: Retention Center for multiple courses)


LTI Generation Tool:

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