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How do I expand my course menu in Blackboard?

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Blackboard, Northeastern’s learning management system (LMS), enhances basic teaching tasks like posting content, grading, and creating assessments. Its intuitive design brings efficiency to day-to-day tasks. It also aggregates a wide range of learning tools, resources, and learning objects into one environment, allowing faculty to take teaching beyond the traditional classroom walls.

The course menu appears on the left side of your course window and is the cornerstone for the organization and navigation of your course.


Course menu collapsed:

If you cannot see the content items listed on the left-hand menu in your course, it may be that your course menus are collapsed. You may see a course that looks like this:

Blackboard collapsed course menu

In order to restore the links to content in the menu, click on the arrow next to the content area. You will then see the list of content in that section as below.

Blackboard expanded course menu

Course menu has disappeared:

If you do not see the menu panel at all, it may have collapsed in response to your screen size, for example if you have decreased the width of the browser window on a computer, or if you are viewing the course in a tablet.

Click the blue bar on the left-hand side of the window to see the menu. If you do not want the menu to collapse, restore the browser window to the full size of your screen and click the blue bar.

Click the blue bar to expand the course menu in Blackboard

Mobile responsive menu state:

At smaller widths, the menu will collapse, all components of Blackboard page will be stacked, and a menu icon will be shown at the top left of the screen. You can click this icon to expand the menu. If you are seeing this on a desktop computer, you can make your window wider and the standard interface will be restored.

Blackboard mobile responsive menu