• Before Trying the Ultra Preview: We invite faculty to preview your courses in Ultra by clicking “Try the Ultra Course View!” prompt. This will temporarily convert your course. You will then have the option to either click “Back to Original Course” or “Use the Ultra Course. If you click “Use the Ultra Course, it is not possible to return to Learn Original 
  • Reminder: The deadlines for Course Development are:
    • Courses offered during the Spring term: August 1st
    • Courses offered during the Summer term: Feb 1st
    • Courses offered during the Fall term: Feb 1st
  • Join us for the Design Center’s daily Ultra Office Hours from 12-12:30 every Monday through Friday.
  • Stay in the Know! Sign up for the Marshall Online Newsletter
  • Would your Department be interested in holding an Ultra Design Lab for faculty training? Let us know!
  • Looking to get QM certified? See upcoming workshops.
  • Want to start exploring Ultra or building content for spring? Request an Ultra Course Shell
  • Do you have a suggestion to improve Ultra? Anthology wants to hear your voice! Share your idea and vote for other proposed changes on the Anthology Idea Exchange
  • Need information on Course Archiving
  • Developing a new Online Program? Use the Distance Course Development Application. For more information, visit our Course Development page.
  • Looking for support? Join the Distance Education Support Community Team to get direct access to designers, instructional documents, meetings, and virtual workshops.
  • Want to add online proctoring options to preserve test integrity? Refer to our Proctoring page for more details on how to add the lock-down browser and online monitoring services in Blackboard.

Newsletter Features

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Chris Sochor is an assistant Professor in Leadership Studies in the College of Education and Professional Development, who formerly served as an Instructional Designer at Marshall for 16 years. Read more about his unique insights into why it’s important to intentionally focus on belonging in higher education…

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In the Know: Ultra Upgrade for Fall 2024

In preparation for Fall, some essential reminders…

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Best Practices Series: Designing with Care for Students

What do belonging, resilience, growth, agency, and civic thinking have in common? All are part of care for self and care for others. And they are all connected by the theory of self-determination…  

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Blackboard News
  • Do you have opinions about how to improve Blackboard? Weigh in on Anthology’s Idea Exchange.
  • The Exemplary Course Program (ECP) recognizes instructors whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: course design, interaction and collaboration, assessment, and learner support. Winners are selected by peers in the education community including course developers, instructional designers, teachers, and professors using the Exemplary Course Program Rubric. Join the community.


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