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Navigation Buttons

Navigation buttons can be created, renamed, reordered or removed to simplify student navigation within a Blackboard course. The Course Menu appears on the left side of a course website. This frame holds buttons or text links to areas within a course and is visible on each page within the course website. The Instructor can customize the appearance of the Course Menu as well as the content and tools available to students.

For more information about Navigation Buttons, select from the following:

Standard Left Navigation Menu Items

All courses will be created with a standard left navigation menu. Please see the chart below which lists the links and what you might place in those locations. The left navigational menu is completely customizable should you want to rename, add or delete any links.

Announcements This area is the landing page for most courses and provides communications from the instructor.
Instructor Information This area includes contact information for the instructor (phone number, office hours, and office location).
Syllabus This area is where most faculty will post the syllabus for the course.
Assignments This area contains activities and content for the course.
Course Documents This area may contain materials for the course.
Discussion Board This is a short cut to the discussion board area.
My Grades This is a short cut for students to view their grades.
Send Email This allows students to email instructors and students in the course.
Instructors: BbHelp This directs the instructor to a website designed to help set up a course in Blackboard.
Students: BbHelp This directs students to a website designed to help students become familiar with Blackboard.
Support This directs users to a page listing KU faculty support groups and their contact information.
Student Tools This brings students to a page listing course tools they can access in Blackboard.
Research Help This directs students to KU library materials and more.


Create a New Navigation Button

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click the plus (+) button above the left navigation buttons
  3. Select Create Content Area
  4. Type the name of the button
  5. Click the box: Available to Users
  6. Click Submit

Rename a Navigation Button

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click the arrow on the right edge of the button
  3. Select Rename Link
  4. Modify the name
  5. Click the green check mark icon on the right

Reorder Navigation Buttons

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Move the mouse pointer to the arrows icon at the left of a button
  3. Press and hold the left mouse button to drag the button to desired location
  4. Release the mouse button when finished

Remove a Navigation Button

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Click the arrow on the right edge of button
  3. Select Delete. You will see a caution message.
  4. Click OK

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