Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

CTEL Create External Link in Course Menu

Are you wondering how to create an external link in your course menu?  This is a very simple process that can pay off dividends for the students.  Quick access to a resource viewed on a regular basis would be a prime example.

To create an external link in the course menu, click on the "+" symbol in the blue box found in the upper left of the course menu and choose 'Create External Link'

create external link

Once you have done so, you will see a window appear with required 'Name' and 'URL' fields.  Fill in the details for the link you want to add to the course menu, check the 'Available to Users' box and click on submit.  The link will then be displayed in the course menu for all users.

external link

 

Important final step:

Once you have created the link, you can then go to the contextual menu next to it (double-down arrows) and set it to "Open in a New Window". This will avoid the dreaded red banner warning that you are leaving Blackboard.

Open in New Window