New & Improved Blackboard Coming Soon!

Northeastern ITS will be ringing in the New Year with a new and improved Blackboard in 2018. The current Blackboard system will undergo an upgrade during the December break, transitioning to a unified, cloud-hosted Blackboard featuring the all-new Blackboard Ultra navigation.

Updated Design & Improved Navigation

Blackboard Ultra will enhance the overall look and feel of Blackboard for students and faculty alike. Ultra will include improved navigation and a better organized course list. This new homepage design will be consistent and responsive across all devices and platforms.

This improved navigation will help to boost the user experience while maintaining the familiar feel and functionality you are used to when viewing your courses.

All-New User Activity Feed

You will also notice an all-new activity feed on your Blackboard homepage, providing an Instagram-like newsfeed of all the latest activity in your courses. You will no longer see information boxes cluttering your homepage. Instead, you will see a clean and concise stream of all the recent information posted in your courses.

Check out a cool example of the activity stream below.

New Northeastern Blackboard URL

This upgrade will also merge both current Blackboard sites, Enterprise and NU Online, into one single Blackboard system for all users, streamlining access to all of your courses and support.

This new version of Blackboard will include a brand-new URL — Don’t worry, your login credentials and information will remain the same. It will also run on a cloud-hosted network to help minimize downtime during upgrades and allow for even faster implementation of new features.

We are excited about this new update and believe it will make Blackboard simpler, more intuitive and easier to use. We will provide more information about the Blackboard upgrade to you in the months ahead.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have any questions or need help, contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or email

Updated September 2017