Re-design Blackboard Theme/Tabs for Better User Experience

Session 2 – 2:30 – 3:20 pm

Location: MU: Smoky Hill Room

We have been using the old Learn Theme 2012 in Blackboard for 6 years. Students are complaining about the current interface is not user-friendly and responsive and too much information on the landing page. The goal will be improving our users’ navigation experience, so we started looking into the new Theme 2016 in 2018 and redesign the blueprint for our Blackboard landing page including tabs and modules. We have centralized the current teaching-related resources on the landing page, and make sure information is more accessible to our users! We have implemented the following changes– 1) Switch to Theme 2016 and redesign the colors to match FHSU branding 2) Suggest all faculty use the same course menu color 3) Add the Community features to separate the no-teaching course shell for better communication (utilize REST API) 4) Add Tab for Instructor Help and Student Help 5) Redesign the Modules on the landing page

Presented by
Minghao (Edward) Tao, Fort Hays State University,

Presenter Bio(s)
Edward is the Senior Blackboard Support Coordinator at FHSU and he manages Blackboard Help Desk to support FHSU faculty and students.

Session Type: LMS: Accessibility | Blackboard | Presentation (50 min.)

Keywords: Accessibility accommodations, Student engagement and LMSes, REST API

Intended Audiences: Administrator, Educational Technologist | K12,Higher Ed | Beginner

Targeted Learning: 1) Customize the Theme 2016 2) Customize the top taps 2) Sample of API code

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