The following items are always included in the Course Navigation Menu:

  • Home: Note that Home is configured to display Modules in order to make accessing course content as easy as possible for students.
  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Office 365: Note that this page allows both you and students to access files stored in your respective Office 365 accounts, and therefore simply serves as an easy way to upload files to a course, when necessary.
  • Grades

 

The following items appear by default in the Course Navigation Menu but can be removed:

  • Syllabus: We recommend you keep the Syllabus page in the Course Navigation Menu unless your course includes assignments without due dates.  The problem with undated assignments is that they become alphabetized in the Syllabus page’s Course Summary area, which may be different than the order in which students should complete them. Otherwise, having the syllabus in one consistent place benefits students taking multiple courses.
  • Discussions: We recommend you keep the Discussions page in the Course Navigation Menu unless your course does not use online discussions at all, for three reasons.  First, including the Discussions page enables alert icons on the Dashboard so students know when new replies have been posted.  Second, students are able to access discussions more quickly, with fewer clicks. Third, students can quickly find all discussions in one place, which can be useful when multiple discussions are underway simultaneously.
  • Collaborations: We recommend you keep the Collaborations page in the Course Navigation menu unless the course includes multiple, cross-listed sections and the sections do not meet at the same time and the same place.  When sections are cross-listed and students have access to the Collaborations page, they may be able to see information about students in other sections that isn’t necessary for their coursework.
  • People: We recommend you remove the People page unless you want to give students the ability to self-enroll in groups.

 

The following items do not appear by default in the Course Navigation Menu but can be added:

  • Attendance
  • Chat: Note that, once enabled, Chat is always on, even when you aren’t moderating.  Please consider whether or not this is the best option for your course before enabling.
  • Third party tools, such as Blackboard Ultra, My Media (Kaltura), and more.  Note that the availability of some tools will vary by institution.  For more information on tools that have been approved for integration, see External Application Integration Requests.

 

The following items cannot be added to the Course Navigation Menu:

  • Pages: This item has not been enabled to encourage all students to access content consistently through the modules available on the Home page.
  • Files: This item has not been enabled to encourage all students to access content consistently through the modules available on the Home page.  Links to files that are stored in the Files area can be included within modules.
  • Quizzes: This item has not been enabled to encourage all students to access quizzes consistently through the modules available on the Home page.
  • Modules: This item has not been enabled because the Home page is already configured to display all modules.
  • Conferences: This item has not been enabled because the University of Wisconsin has a system-wide contract with Blackboard Collaborate as our preferred conferencing tool.  All courses can add Blackboard Ultra to the Course Navigation Menu to allow for remote conferences.

Consider the Implications of Cross-Listing Sections
When you cross-list multiple sections into the same course in Canvas, students can see information about students in other sections. In these cases, you may not want to include the People, Chat, and Collaborations in the student navigation menu. For more information, talk to your DLE Project Manager.