Add a custom link for Online Course Evaluations

If you use an online evaluation for your class, you can easily add a custom link to the evaluation system in your course’s navbar.

Example of a custom navbar

1. Visit “Edit Course”

Start by visiting the “Edit Course” tool in your navbar.

Edit Course

2. Choose “Navigation & Themes”

Under “Course Administration”, choose “Navigation & Themes”. This will let you create a custom navbar for your course along with custom links.

Navigation & Themes

You should see a list of all available navbars. Unless you’ve created a custom navbar previousley, you may only see one navbar. Before you can customize your navbar, you’ll need to create a new one to edit.

List of navbars

3. Duplicate the Default navbar

The best way to create a new custom navbar is to duplicate the Course Default. Click on the down-arrow to the right of the default navbar and choose Copy.

Duplicate the default navbar

You’ll now have a duplicate of the default navbar that you can customize. Until you make the copy active, your course will continue to use the default navbar.

Active navbar and copy of default navbar

4. Create the Custom Link

Now that you have a navbar to place your link into, it is time to create the custom link. Click on Custom Links at the top, then choose Create Link.

Create the custom link

Each custom link needs a name and a URL. The name is the text that will be displayed in the navbar. The URL is where the link will take the user. You can also add a custom icon, a description that will help you find your custom link and, you can set the behavior for how the link will open (the same window or a new window).

custom link options

5. Finding a Custom Icon

When inserting a custom icon, we recommend as a good resource. For our custom evalution link, we searched for icons related to surveys.

Click on the icon you like best to see the available sizes and download options.

select your icon

Springboard uses icons that are 16 pixels square. Download the 16 x 16 sized icon in PNG format.

Download your icon

6. Custom Link Information

With your icon downloaded, you can upload it to the Create Custom Link page and complete the rest of the information. We elected to open our link into a new window. When you’re finished with your changes, be sure to Save the link.

Add custom link information

After saving, you’ll see your new custom link.

Your saved custom link

Repeat steps 4 through 6 for any other custom links you use in your course. You could, for example, link to a Twitter feed, YouTube channel, WordPress blog or, any other source that you want your students have have easy access to.

7. Edit Your Custom Navbar

Now that your link has been created, return to the Navbars screen and Edit the copy of the Course Default.

Edit your custom navbar

8. Edit the Navbar

Give your navbar a new name and add a brief description to help you find your navbar.

Edit the navbar info

Next, you can customize the links used in your navbar. For our navbar, we’ll add our custom link to the empty field at the lower-right. Click on Add Links to add a link(s) to any of the fields.

Add Links

9. Add Your Custom Link

From the Add Links pop-up window, choose your link under the Custom Links tab. Click on Add when finished.

Add your custom link

10. Customize Remaining Links

While you are editing your navbar, you may choose to remove tools that you don’t use, or add tools that you frequently use. To remove a link, mouse-over the link you want to remove and click on the “x” icon.

For our course, we’ll remove the Chat tool along with Quizzes, Surveys and Discussions since we aren’t using them in this course. We’ll also add direct link to the Manage Files tools.

Remove unwanted links

When finished, click on Save and Close to save your changes.

save your changes

11. Set Your Active Navbar

With your navbar customized, you will need to activate it for it to be visible to your students. Select your custom navbar from the Active Navbar drop-down and choose Apply.

set your active navbar

Your custom navbar will now be listed as the Active navbar for the course.

Navbar is now active


Once active, you and your students will be able to use the new navbar.

Finished navbar

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