Creating and activating your navigation bar

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You can add links to Desire2Learn tools that you use in your class, such as Content, Quizzes, Dropbox, Discussions, and Grades to a navigation bar. You can also add links to content on other web sites or to tools that are not part of the default navigation bar. You cannot add all the tools on the navigation bar. Some tools are only available in widgets and on the minibar.

Since the minibar contains links to My Home, courses, email, pager, and user settings, the links on your navigation bar should primarily be tools that your students need to complete your course work.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A Desire2Learn course and links to tools or resources not currently in the navbar

Create a custom navbar

Important: If you create a custom Navbar, you will need to activate it each new term after you copy your content into your new shell.

  1. Click Edit Course in your navbar.
  2. Select Navigation and Themes.
  3. Click the action menu after the PCC Default Navbar.
  4. Select Copy from your options. This will make a copy of the default navbar for you to edit and customize.
  5. Click the title of your new copy.
  6. Adjust the name to something appropriate.  ie Jim’s BA101 Navbar.
  7. To delete unwanted items from the navbar, hover over the button and click the X.
  8. To add links to your navbar, click Add Links.
  9. Select the link you want to add and click the Add button.
  10. To rearrange the order of your new navbar, hover over the button you want to move, left mouse click it, then drag and drop it into its new location.
  11. Click the Save and Close button.

Activate your custom navbar

Important: If you create a custom navbar, you will need to activate it each new term after you copy your content into your new shell.

  1. Click Edit Course in your navbar.
  2. Select Navigation and Themes.
  3. Under the Create Navbar button at the top of the page you will see a heading for Active Navbar.
  4. Click the action menu by the title of the current navbar.
  5. Select your custom navbar.
  6. Click the Apply button.