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Planning Customization

This section is intended for administrators when making changes to the setup and style of the Content Collection user interface. Before customizing the interface, it is best to be able to identify the Content Collection areas and tools. These areas and tools include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Content areas, such as My Content and Course Content
  • Tools, such as Portfolios and the Learning Objects Catalog
  • Actions that can be performed on an item, appearing in the action bar of the Content List

To determine the best display options for the Content Collection, consider the user interface elements from the perspective of the affected user groups and Institution standards.

Institution Color

Most schools have an established identity that includes a set of colors. Blackboard Learn allows for color customization throughout, including the Content Collection Menu. It is recommended to make color selections for all tools at one time, even if you plan on rolling out the use of some tools later. This strategy makes color selection a one-time task.

Tip:  Highly contrasting colors make text easier to read. If your school's colors are not easy to read against one another, consider using black or white with the colors.


Consider policy decisions that can affect the use of certain tools on the system. Portal clients can consider making tools available to particular school roles based on policy decisions and rollout plans for the system.


Consider any regulations that your school has placed on file-sharing, use of certain types of files due to copyright laws, or hard drive space and availability. Discuss these regulations with interested parties prior to setting up the Content Collection.


When displaying a tool for use, consider any appropriate school naming conventions. For example, if your school uses the term Section instead of Course, an appropriate name for that area might be Class Content. If your school has been growing its Learning Objects Catalog by another name, use that name for the toolbox header and shortcut label.

Instructor, Course Builder, Librarian, Catalog Manager, Learner Access

When setting the availability of tools, there may be users who need to access the tool before it is ready for access by general system users. For example, when rolling out the Portfolio tool, you might choose to provide access only to a pilot group of users, such as professors or course coordinators. This option is available only if your school licenses community engagement.