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If you want to modify the Course Menu items in your course (these items are called Content Areas), you can do so directly from the Course Menu. With the Course Menu Edit menu, you can add Content Areas, a blank page, a link to a tool (like a blog or a wiki), a link to a Course item (Collaboration, Podcasts, etc.) and more. You can also add subheaders and dividers in the Course Menu for organization.

Step-by-step guides

Adding Content to the Course Menu

You can add several types of content to the Course Menu in addition to the items that are included by default.

To add a Content Area

  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, to view the drop down options


  2. Click Content Area

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    The Add Menu Item list will appear as a plus sign in the top left corner of the Course Menu.

  3. In the Name box, type a name for the content area.
  4. If you want to make the area available to students, select Available to Users.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.

A course link will allow you to link a button on the Course Menu with a location in your course. This location could be a folder within your course, a content area, or a specific item.

  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, to view the drop down options


  2. Click on Course Link

     

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    The Add Menu Item list will appear as a plus sign in the top left corner of the Course Menu.

  3. For the Location, click Browse and locate the folder you want to link to.
  4. In the Name box, type a name for the link. You can also use the default provided by the location you chose.


  5. If you want to make the area available to students, select Available to Users.
  6. When you are finished, click Submit.
  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, and then click Create External Link.


  2. In the Name box, type a name for your link.  (This is what will show up in the sidebar for students to click on.)
  3. In the URL box, type the URL for the link of your choice. You can also copy and paste the URL from your browser's address bar.
  4. If you want to make the area available to students, select Available to Users.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.

To add a Module Page

  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, to view the drop down options


  2. Click Module Page 


  3. In the Name box, type a name for your page.


  4. If you want to make the area available to students, select Available to Users.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.

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This function is not the same as learning modules or lesson modules in Blackboard 8.0. A module page will include the boxes you find on the home page (such as the calendar, To Do list, My Announcements, etc.)

Organizing the Course Menu

There are several ways you can organize the Course Menu. You can add organization items like dividers and headers, hide items, or delete items.

To hide (or show) an item

  1. Click to open the Contextual Menu next to the item you wish to hide.
  2. From the list, select Hide Link (or Show Link if the item is hidden).


  3. Your changes will take place immediately. You will see a gray box with a line through it next to the item; this icon means the item is no longer visible to students. If you want to students to see an item that you have hidden, follow the steps above, and from the list, click Show Link.

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The Hide Link and Show Link options do not function correctly if the course is unavailable. For example, you may notice that a hidden course link will showHide Link, and that courses that should be visible will not be if you toggle Edit Mode off. Making the course available resolves these issues.

To delete an item

  1. Click to open the Contextual Menu next to the item you wish to delete.
  2. From the list, select Delete.


  3. Your changes will take place immediately. You will not the see the item or link in the Course Menu. Any content you have added to the Content Area or item should remain in your Course Files. We recommended adding content to the Course Files first by uploading, and then adding those files to a Content Area. This way, you can be sure your files will always remain on your course.

To add a subheader

  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, to view the drop down options


  2. Click Subheader 


  3. In the Name box, type a name for your subheader, and then click Submit. You will see the subheader at the bottom of the course menu.


  4. To move the subheader, click the double arrow on the left of the subheader and drag it to the position you want.


  5. Your changes will be immediate. If you need to adjust the placement of the subheader further, you can click the double arrows and drag it to a new position. If you want to rename the subheader or delete the subheader, click the contextual menu and make the appropriate selection.

To add a divider

  1. Point to the Add Menu Item list, to view the drop down options


  2. Click Divider


  3. The divider will appear in your content area


  4. You will see the changes immediately; the divider will be placed at the bottom of the course menu. To move the divider, click the double arrow on the left of the divider and drag it to the position you want.


  5. If you want to adjust the placement of the divider further, you can click the double arrows and drag it to a new position.
  6. To delete the divider, hover over the divider with your mouse and click the drop down arrow

  7. Click Delete
  8. Click Delete this menu item


  9. Click Delete

Course Menu Example

The following is an example of a course menu with subheaders and dividers.

 


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