Is Ultra right for me?

Thinking about adopting Ultra Experience for your course? Consider the tools you currently use in an Original course and evaluate how important they are to your transition to the Ultra course.

Low Priority Tools & Features

These tools & features are well supported in Ultra for a transition to a redesigned course experience!

Do you use points for calculating your course's overall grade? Ultra is right for you! The Ultra gradebook can be calculated with points, percentage, or advanced formulas. 

Is Ultra right for me? 

YES: Use Ultra. The gradebook now supports a points-based system for calculating your overall grades. You can drop grades and set a running total to display to students.

Rubrics are available in Ultra courses in percentage and percentage-range formats. They are also limited to 10 rows and 10 columns. Points-based rubrics are in development and coming soon!

Is Ultra right for me? 

YES: Use Ultra. Point-based and point-range rubrics are available in Ultra as of December 2021! The new point-based rubrics in Ultra offer customized options such as varying scales, ascending or descending ranges, and totals exceeding 1,000 points possible for an assessment. Most importantly, point-based rubrics created in Original courses will migrate to Ultra courses when content is converted, which provides faculty with ample time to review the new rubric format and prepare SP2022 courses for Ultra.

On an Original test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. You can move through submissions, and view and score the same question for each student. At this time, however, Ultra test questions must be graded on a per student basis. Fortunately, there are plans to support this grading format.

Is Ultra right for me? 

YES: Use Ultra. 

Flexible Grading features grade by student or question. Instructors can easily move between student attempts and keep track of their grading process. Grading options include simple scoring, rubrics and inline commenting. Instructors can collapse panels to increase visible space, view SafeAssign originality reports, and post all grades when ready. Subsequent releases will include group submissions, anonymous grading, multiple grades per student, and peer review.

You can decide how assignments are graded (e.g., points, letter, percentage) and create up to 99 grading schema. You can also use a default complete/incomplete grading schema for formative assessments.

Ultra courses display the announcement as an overlay, requiring the student to dismiss the pop-up before they can access any course content. Announcements can be emailed and formatted. Students can find announcements in the Activity Stream or receive a daily digest via emaill.

Medium Priority Tools & Features

These tools & features are supported in Ultra or have alternate workflows to provide a good foundation for your transition to Ultra.

High Priority Tools & Features

These tools & features are not yet supported in Ultra or have missing features, which could be challenging for a transition to Ultra. 


This page was inspired and adapted from Is the Ultra Course View Right for Me? by Northern Illinois University.