Part 2 of 3 – Charting the Path to SaaS and Learn Ultra: Three Higher Ed Institutions Tell their Story


It’s no secret that elevating the online teaching and learning experience is a serious undertaking. We recently sat down with leaders from a large public university system, a small private college, and a midsized public university to better understand the decisions that go into this process. While each had a unique point of view, they all agreed on one thing: transitioning to SaaS and Learn Ultra was foundational to their strategy. Watch their stories to learn about their experience migrating to SaaS, how their communities responded, and ultimately, how educators and learners are benefitting.

Houston Baptist University

Both Paulita Brooker, Houston Baptist University’s (HBU) associate provost for e-learning and continuing education, and Alison Stone, HBU’s academic technology support manager, agree that staying with Blackboard Learn was “a no brainer.” The partnership they received from Blackboard during their record-time migration to SaaS and the flexible rollout of Learn Ultra confirmed this. By adopting Learn Ultra, the team was able to launch new on-campus and distance learning programs—including a new fully Learn Ultra EdD program—that have exceeded both instructor and student expectations. Watch their story to learn why faculty are “clamoring to transition even more courses to the Ultra Course View.”

Dr. Paulita Brooker currently serves as the Associate Provost for eLearning and Continuing Education at Houston Baptist University. For over a decade she has led academic divisions for non-traditional learners and launched online programs at four different universities. Dr. Brooker holds a doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Arkansas and presents regularly on faculty development and training for the online classroom, as well as design and implementation of online programs.

Alison Stone is the Academic Technology Support Manager and Blackboard Administrator at Houston Baptist University. She has always had a love for puzzles and knack for creative problem solving, which is why she naturally enjoys serving faculty and students in this role. Her mission as the Blackboard Administrator is to ensure everything is running smoothly so that faculty can focus on what they love the most: teaching; and students can focus on studying and learning. When not spending time on a computer, Alison is likely to be swimming, biking, or running in training for her next triathlon. She holds a BA in International Community Development from Oral Roberts University.