There is a new look and feel to the navigation for your online classrooms. A touch of color now adorns the top of every course with a varied blue header accented by a gold bar. The navigation elements now display icons along with the names of the tools.

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Edits to the Navigation are also more user friendly with menu-driven options to select desired changes. Each tool provides a pop-up list from which you can choose the action you want to implement. The format also allows for resizing as the tool options will “wrap” if the number of options becomes too great for one line, or if the browser window is re-sized smaller.

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The newly designed Navbar is frameless, and therefore it is more user friendly for screen reader accessibility.

If you would like to add a link for an additional tool, please use this step-by-step guide: How to Add Links to the Course Navigation Bar

I hope you all enjoy the improvements to this important part of your online classrooms.

Note that the changes are made to the Course Default navigation bar. Courses from previous semesters that have had other Navbars implemented will not display these changes. Or, if you have already made changes to your fall course(s) Navbar prior to the upgrade, you will have to “reset” the template.  For a step-by-step guide on How to Apply the New Navbar Style, click here.


  1. Corina kies says:

    I have no navigation bar at all. How do I activate it. There is big yellow line and at the far right end a log out option. That is it.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. phipps says:

    Hi Corina,

    As a student, you will only see the online classrooms that have been “Activated” by your instructors. Evidently, none of your instructors for this semester have opted to use the Springboard system. Therefore, you have no courses listed.

    Regards, Jill Phipps

  3. Amy says:


    I’d like to create a custum tool to add to my navigation bar to link students to an outside website that we’ll use each class. How can I create a custom tool to make this link?

    Thank you,


  4. Amy says:

    Nevermind. Naturally, right after I asked, I found the answer to my question. If others are curious, I found it in the navigation area, right where you add tools to the navigation bar. There is an option for creating a custom link.

    Very useful!