Customising the Site Menu

If Edit Mode is on, you can easily add new menu item ;to your site's left-hand menu. Content areas are the menu item types which are most commonly used. They allow you to add (and remove) various types of content, including files, folders, web links, tests, surveys, SHU Assignments, TurnItIn Assignments, wikis, blogs, podcasts, and reading lists.

However, if you want students to be able to access a discussion board, staff contact details, announcements, or their grades, then you need to add a tool link instead.

Adding an area to the site menu

Step 1: Ensure edit mode is on (upper right hand corner of page)

Step 2: Click on the + to select what type of area you want to add

  • A content area will contain files
  • A home page will create a new front page
  • A Splash page will create a blank webpage which you can edit
  • A Tool Link will take you directly to a Blackboard tool such as Collaborate
  • An External Link will take you to an external website
  • An Internal Link will take you to a page on the site
  • A Subheader will give you a section header on your menu
  • A divider will section off different areas of the menu to help with navigation

Step 3: Give the area a name

Step 4: By default any new areas are unavailable to students - to change this tick the box make available to users

Step 5: Press Submit

To delete an area from the Site Menu, hover over the item until the downward chevron is seen, clicking on this will give you a range of options including delete and changing availability.

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