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The navigation bar, or navbar, is the set of links that appears across the top of the course site. When the course site is created, the default DePaul navbar will be active. Instructors may wish to create a custom navbar to give students access to other course tools. Navbars can be customized with internal links to parts of the course site and links to external websites. Links can be added individually or as a link group. Once added, links can be reordered as well as deleted.
Once created, a navbar must be set as active before it will show within the course.
Note: It is strongly recommended that new navbars be created by copying the default navbar rather than creating a new navbar from scratch. In addition, the Course Home and Edit Course links should remain on the navbar for easy access to key parts of the D2L site.
Note: If the Course Administration page is set to show tools by
category (the default), Navigation & Themes will be under the heading "Site Setup". If the Course Administration page is set to view by name, then Navigation & Themes will be listed alphabetically.
Note: Students do not see the navbar name or description. They are only for instructor reference.
Note: The new navbar will not appear at the top of the course site until the navbar is active. See instructions for
Activating the Navbar to complete this step.
Links to system tools, such as Groups, Surveys, Self-assessments, Quizzes, etc. can be added to the course navbar.
Note: Adding a link to a tool normally in the More "link group" to the navbar will not remove it from the More link group. Removing it from this "link group" will require the creation of a new "link group" that does not include the link.
Note: Do not remove the Edit Course link from the navbar. Students will not see it, and it must be in the navbar to access course settings.
Custom links can be created and added to the course navbar. Custom links can link to specific items in the course or external websites.
A link group will display as a title and drop-down arrow in the navbar. When students click on the link, a drop-down menu will open that displays all of the links that were added to the group. (The
More drop-down menu that appears in the default navbar is an example of a link group.)
Note: To find the custom link group quickly, Select Custom Groups at the top of the Add Links window.
When all edits have been completed, the navbar must be set as active in the main Navbars page before students will see it in the course.
Note: After setting the navbar as active, any changes made to the navbar will be immediately visible to students.