Part 3 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.

Northwest Florida State College

Dr. Deidre Price, dean of academic strategies, innovation, and support at Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC), is a proponent of adopting technology that provides a single solution for a range of needs across campus. So, when the institution came to a fork in the road—moving to Blackboard Learn or moving fully to Blackboard Learn Ultra Experience and Course View—it didn’t come as a surprise when the College made the switch to Blackboard Learn and went “fully Ultra.” Since the transition, Learn Ultra has offered students a consistent, modern platform and allowed faculty to streamline communication to support learning. Watch Price’s story to learn how this move has allowed NWFSC to leverage online learning in a way that fosters community and academic engagement, while also ensuring students are on a path to success.

Dr. Deidre Price serves as Dean of Academic Strategies, Innovation, and Support at Northwest Florida State College. In addition to teaching web-enhanced, hybrid, and online classes for the past sixteen years, Dr. Price has provided leadership in higher ed instruction focused on enhancing quality in online courses and helping to develop and implement policies that foster student engagement and that clear students’ path toward success. A keynote speaker and invited pre-conference presenter at various teaching technology conferences, Dr. Price’s research and writing focuses on building learning environments that create the same level of engagement and potential for peer-to-peer interaction as the face-to-face classroom.