Coming Soon: A new look on Blackboard

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As we have been reporting, there are a number of changes happening to Blackboard over the summer.

One of these changes is a new, responsive theme. Responsive themes are optimised to work on different devices, scaling-down to accommodate smaller screen sizes. Access to Blackboard via portable devices, such as smartphones, is growing rapidly, and the new theme helps support this growth, whilst providing an improved experience for all users.

Example responsive design – colours likely to change

 

Example screenshots added July 18

To accommodate the responsive design, Blackboard no longer supports individual “Course Themes” (some examples below). Any courses that have a Course Theme applied will find that it has been reverted to the system-default design following the responsive theme application. This only applies to course design, course content is not affected.

The Course Theme selector will NOT be available following the application of the responsive theme
Current Course Theme examples. Course Themes will NOT be available following the application of the responsive theme over the summer. All courses with existing Course Themes applied will revert to the default course design.
“Before” and “After” examples of Course Theme and button removal to support the responsive theme. Screenshots added July 18

You will still be able to personalise your course using a banner on the entry page and colour on the menu. However, consider accessibility issues, and make sure there is sufficient contrast between the text and background colours.

3 thoughts on “Coming Soon: A new look on Blackboard

    The wizard has arrived! « iLead Cumbria University said:
    July 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

    […] remember that Course Themes will no longer be supported following the upgrade at the end of July […]

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    August 20, 2018 at 4:46 am
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    August 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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