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Teaching Style

Style options control the appearance, theme, course/organization menu style and layout, content appearance, course/organization entry point, and the banner image for a course/organization.

The course/organization entry point is the first area users see upon entering your course/organization. The default course/organization entry point is the Announcements. You can change the entry point by choosing an available area from the drop-down list. Available entry points are all the areas appearing on the course/organization menu.

1. Go to the Control Panel >> Customization >> Teaching Style.

2. Choose an available area from the Entry Point drop-down list.

3. Click Submit.

Changing the entry point takes effect immediately for users who log in to the system after the change. Users who are in the system when the change takes place will see the new entry point the next time they log in.

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Apply Themes

Course/Organization themes add a background image to the course/organization display and change the color of the menu, buttons, and controls. Use the scrollable list to choose the appropriate course/organization theme from the thumbnail sample images. You can change the theme again at any time. Themes do not affect course/organization content.

Alternatively, you can change course/organization themes from anywhere in your course/organization using the Change Course/Organization Theme function. Point to the  icon to view all the available course/organization themes, and click one to select it. Scroll through the theme preview box and click a theme.

The course/organization theme changes immediately to the new choice. To change the theme, click another.

Select a Menu Style

This setting determines whether the course/organization menu appears as plain text with a colored background or as graphical buttons with text on them. When choosing menu colors, select colors for the background and text that display a high level of contrast to ensure readability and accessibility.

As you make choices in the Select Menu Style section, the Preview sample menu shows what the settings will look like once submitted.

Click Text and choose the background color and text color by accessing the contextual menu to access the color swatches. A large palette of preset colors is available. You can also provide a hexadecimal color value. Click a color, and then click Apply.

Click Buttons and expand the Button Library to choose from the following options:

  • Button Type: From the drop-down list, click Pattern, Solid, or Striped.
  • Button Shape: From the drop-down list, click Rounded Corners, Rectangular, or Rounded Ends.
  • Button Color: Optionally, to narrow the available choices, type a color or button name and click Search.

As you select each option, the buttons in the Button Library change to reflect the current choices. Click a button in the library to select it.

Set Default Content View

The Default Content View setting determines how content items appear in folders when users access the course for the first time.

  • Icon Only displays content items as titled icons with no descriptions.
  • Text Only displays content items as titles with short text descriptions only.
  • Icon and Text, the default option, displays titled icons with descriptions.

Changing the default content view affects only new content areas. To change all existing pages as well, select the check box to Apply this view to all existing content.

Add a Banner

You can add a banner image to appear at the top of the course/organization entry point. The banner image is automatically centered.

1. Click Browse My Computer to locate an image file on your computer.

2. Click Submit.

You cannot use images stored in Content Collection or Course Files; however, a copy is stored there with each new upload. If you delete the image from the course/organization entry page, the image file remains in the course/organization storage repository in the main folder.

A recommended size for banners is approximately 480 by 80 pixels. When choosing a banner image, keep in mind that users can resize their browser windows, expand and collapse the course/organization menu, and use monitors of varying sizes and screen resolutions. After you upload a banner, view it under those varying conditions to be sure that it appears as intended.

This article was updated: 05/9/2017