The good news is that the menu in the new BB is infinitely customizable. 🙂
The bad news is that the menu is the new BB is infinitely customizable. 😦
That means you need to put some thought into what is on your menu — make it meaningful. Your students will appreciate it.
I’m not saying this one is perfect; it’s my effort and actually a work in progress — any comments you can offer on what works for you will be appreciated.
Some of my thoughts that may or may not be helpful to you:
- make sure your syllabus is clearly identified. The “Start Here” or “Read Me First” options should work but there’s nothing more clear than simply using the word “Syllabus”
- depending on what kind of course you are teaching, the “Ask Questions Here” option lets students leave messages (or my link here is actually to a discussion) for you
- if you’re going to use Announcements, make a page for them. At the very least, it gives you someplace to point when you’ve posted an announcement a week ago and a student says, “I didn’t know that!”
- use Subheaders and Dividers strategically. Break a long list up into components that hang together. The “+” sign not only lets you build Content Areas, you can also select the Subheaders and Dividers options.
- use colors wisely and sparingly on the menu. Yes, you can customize colors, but remember the color blind and folk with low vision who need high contrast.
- you can’t use spaces (well you can but I’d have to teach you some HTML code and that won’t be pretty) but you can use hyphens to simulate indentations
- there’s a fine balance between “enough” and “too long” — I don’t have a definition, ask your students what they think
- bubble rarely used things to the bottom; the new drop and drag makes that easy to do
- if you have the dreaded “Cross Listed Section Group” title at the top, add a Subheader with your course name and sections. That will identify the course to you and your students.
So. Tell me what you’ve tried and anything you’ve found helpful!