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Customizing the Course Navigation Menu

Customizing the Course Navigation Menu


We have been using the "Redirect" app to make our courses as easy to navigate as possible, particularly as we develop an aligned, guaranteed and viable curriculum in our schools.  The challenge with the Redirect App is that once an app is added to the course menu, there is no way we can find to edit that app, or course navigation menu item.  It would be helpful as we design our blueprint courses for our subject area experts, if they could customize the course navigation menu items easily.  As an example, in a blueprint course, we would add Course Navigation menu items, or apps, called "Unit 1," Unit 2," etc.  These would be linked to the first page in Modules corresponding to these units.  It would be powerful if a subject matter facilitator could rename these pre-linked course navigation menu items to match the actual unit names in their respective curricula.  How can we make this happen?

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Community Member

I am also interested in knowing the answer to this question.

Surveyor II

I'd like to know this too.  I think customizable links would be VERY helpful to teachers.

Community Member

I have also been wrestling with this. The ability to add pages to the course navigation would be of great benefit (such as an ‘add to navigation’ checkbox option when creating pages?) and would make the whole process much simpler. Using the redirect tool to accomplish this seems like an inefficient way around as Canvas appears to create this redirect loop inside itself. Also, this breaks the course in the mobile app as Canvas sees these menu items as an LTI and needs to launch them separately. Also as mentioned above the ability to rename these navigation links would be great. Thanks!

Surveyor II

The only way to make that happen is to enable a permission named LTI - add/edit/delete. By default, only account administrators have that permission but it could be enabled for other roles. 


There needs to be a way to rename without having to delete and recreate another one.

You should be able to easily rename

Surveyor II

Hi everyone, in fact there is a way to custom links added with Redirect Tool. Maybe as @hechla says, it is a feature only available for account admins.

You should go to Settings > Apps > View Apps Configuration. There you can rename and even change the link of the LTI.

Anyway, I find the Redirect Tool tricky since the app opens the links using the browser, not inside the app itself. So you cannot link Pages or Modules at the sidebar menu. Now that would be helpful!
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Surveyor II

This is another lost perk from blackboard. Being able to remove nav items is great, but being able to add quick content links, and customize the names of any links would be extremely beneficial, especially with an 'add to navigation' checkbox or option when creating/editing pages as mark_derbyshire suggested.