Want to give your class entry page some pizzazz? Add a banner!
Thanks to the magic of the internet, no special software is necessary…
PART 1: Create Your Banner
The following is a short tutorial for a free, easy to use banner-creation website I found.
Click to visit the Banner Fans website.
On the Layout tab, start by selecting a banner size. I like their “Etsy shop banner” preset:
Next, select your background type. You can choose a solid color, or upload an image, but the gradient provides a nice touch. Select your colors (by clicking on each color box to open a color palette) and your gradient mode:
Click the Update my banner button underneath the options, to preview the changes on the banner above:
Click the Texts & Fonts tab, enter text for your banner, and click to select the font, size, and color:
When you selecting a font, you can browse different styles of fonts by using the links at the top:
After you click Update my banner to preview your changes, you may need to move your text around. Roll your mouse over the text on the sample banner, and click-and-drag the text to the location of your choice:
You can select the Border tab, to add a border of your choice, and select its color:
Click Update my banner again, to preview all changes:
When it looks how you want it to, click the Download Banner button:
And save the banner to your computer:
PART 2: Upload to Blackboard
Enter your Blackboard class. From the Control Panel, click Customization –> Teaching Style:
Select your Course Entry Point – the default homepage when your students enter the class, where your banner will be displayed:
Locate “Select Banner.” To upload your banner, click Browse My Computer:
Locate and select the banner file you downloaded from the website, and confirm:
Your banner will now be displayed in your course, on your default entry page:
Note: Any pixelation you see in these images is from my screen-captures, NOT from the banner made by Banner Fans.