Since the early days of Blackboard and other Learning Management Systems in the field, Course Banners have been a great way to personalize the online or web-enhanced learning environment. Instructors could differentiate any course by starting it out with a graphic or photo of their own choice/making. Course Banners have been used far and wide since then to add flare and personalize the online and blended environment.
For years, instructors who used Blackboard have been operating under the assumption that a Course Banner could only be used on the landing page of a Blackboard course. Well guess what? Course Banners can be placed almost anywhere in an online/web-enhanced course. Check out this before and after photo of a Blackboard content area, in this case Lesson 1:
With just the addition of a few graphics, a theme change and a Banner image, we can add continuity to the course as well as make it more engaging.
How do you do it?
First, you will want to give yourself more real estate in the Content Area where you will be placing the Course Banner. You do this by changing your page options to show text only.
- Ensure your Edit Mode is on.
- Click the contextual menu next to your page title and select Page Options.
- Click Show Text Only.
This gives you more space for your graphic to live in the content area where you place it, by removing the icon that shows up next to your content title.
Note: It is also a good idea to make your Course Banners in the subsequent course content areas a little bit smaller. This cuts down on load time as well as screen resolution issues.
Next, add/edit a Content Item on your page and add an image to the top.
- Add/Edit a Content Item.
- Click the Add Image button.
- Browse and Attach your Banner.
- Click Submit.
You will now have a content item with a banner graphic that is placed at the beginning of the content area, folder or module of your choice:
This practice will add a layer of continuity and engagement to your course. If your students feel like they are in a familiar place and are engaged while browsing, their satisfaction levels will increase. Consider adding more Course Banners to your online/web-enhanced courses today!
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