Instructor: Switch Navbars

1. Control: Use navbars to manage student access

Student access to course materials is limited by links in the navigation bar.

Courses are automatically activated 1 week prior to the official first day of class. If you wish to control student access to course materials after the course is activated, switch the navbar to the "Preparing Course Navbar".

Note: This navbar will be retired Fall 2021 and we no longer recommend using it. It no longer achieves its goals as it only works if students access D2L via a web browser. Many students are now using the phone app Pulse, which completely bypasses the navbar set up in the course. Students using Pulse will have access to Content regardless of the Navbar used. If you do not want students to have access to the course and materials, please deactivate the course.

Student View :

The "Preparing Course Navbar" contains no links to content or any activities in the course. Students only have access to the course homepage which contains announcements and the calendar. A single link in the navbar links them to a page that explains that the course content is not ready yet and that when it is ready, they will be able to navigate the course.

Note: If you are using dates in your course, students can click on Calendar events to get to course content. You can remove the Calendar widget from your home page if this is a concern.

 

screenshot of course homepage with the only availalbe linke "Where are the Navigation Links" circled and the announmcnet widget circled.

 

Instructor View

Instructors see 4 links, the course home, a link that goes to this help page, a link reminding instructors how to switch the navbar back when the course is ready for student access, and the link Course Admin.

Note: Course Admin provides access to all the tools to build, edit, and manage content, quizzes, assignments, discussions etc.

By using these links, instructors can build and update their courses while students only have access to the home page of the course.

 

screenshot of instructor view of course homepage with the Updating Course navbar in place.   Two links circled in the navbbar Don't forget to switch your navbar and Course Admin
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2. Switch: Change navbar to the Preparing Course Navbar

Limit student access to only the course homepage

Note: This navbar will be retired Fall 2021 and we no longer recommend using it. It no longer achieves its goals as it only works if students access D2L via a web browser. Many students are now using the phone app Pulse, which completely bypasses the navbar set up in the course. Students using Pulse will have access to Content regardless of the Navbar used. If you do not want students to have access to the course and materials, please deactivate the course.

  1. Hover over the navbar and click on the actions for navbar on the right (box with 3 dots).screnshot of navbar Actions for Navbar button selected

     

  2. Select Manage All Course Navbars.Actions fopr Navbar menu options, Manage All course navbars circled  

     

  3. From the Active Navbar dropdown, select the B - Preparing Course Navbar.

    screenshot of list of available navbars from Active Navbar dropdown, B- Preparing Course Navbar selected, Apply button circled

  4. Select Apply to save your changes. You may need to refresh your page to see the new navbar.
  5. Post an announcement telling students when they can expect full access to the course.
  6. When the course is ready/updated, follow the same steps but select either the Default Navbar or another that you would like to use for the course.
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