Blackboard: Adding a banner image to your course

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You can add a banner image to the ‘landing page’ of your course (usually the Announcements area). This helps to personalise the design of the course, and acts as a visual aid for users to let them know which course they are looking at.

You can create a banner with graphics software such as Photoshop, but if you don’t have access to this kind of software there are numerous free banner generators on the web, or you can use PowerPoint (see the section at the end of this guide on how to make a banner image using PowerPoint).

Recommended dimensions: 1200 pixels width – 300 pixels height (to be compatible with Ultra Base Navigation)

File formats: JPG, PNG, GIF

Image resolution: 150 ppi (images that are viewed on the web only need to be low resolution)

How to upload a banner image to Blackboard

In your Blackboard course go to Control Panel > Customisation > Teaching Style.

Blackboard menu highlighting Customisation, Teaching styles

Towards the bottom of the page, under SELECT BANNER, click on Browse My Computer to locate and upload the image file you wish to use as a banner.

Showing how to Browse computer for a file and Submit button

Press Submit, and the image will now appear at the top of your course landing page.

Demonstration of how the banner appears in the course

Creating a banner in PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint to create a banner has several advantages

  • all staff have access to the software
  • it is easy to edit your PowerPoint slide when you want to change the design or edit the text (for example when reusing banners for the next academic year).

Simple PowerPoint banner template – generates a 1200 x 300 pixel image; see the notes on the slide for instructions.

Open a new presentation.

From the menu choose Design, then Slide Size and Custom Slide Size.

Customising your banner in powerpoint

Choose Custom from the drop-down list, and then enter your desired Width and Height.

The Custom size pop up window showing a width of 31.9cm and Height of 8.101cm for the slide

N.B. The sizes shown above will generate an image 1206 pixels wide x 306 pixels high.

Adjust these dimensions as required.

The thumbnail images for courses in Ultra Base Navigation (UBN) , which is the Blackboard platform from 9th August 2021, require banners to be 1200 x 300 pixels or larger.

Add images and text to the PowerPoint slide as desired. Text may be cut off in the UBN thumbnail images.

When done, save the PowerPoint file as normal (saving as a PowerPoint file allows you to return to the slide to edit it in future).

Then save the file as an image: go to File > Save As and from the Save as type drop-down choose either JPEG or PNG (PNG files are larger in terms of file size, but of higher quality).

Before you press Save, click on Tools > Compress Pictures.

Using the tools function whilst saving

Tick Delete cropped areas of pictures and select the Target output as Screen (150 dpi).

Tools, compress picture menu

Press OK, then click on Save.

You will see this dialogue box: choose Just this one.

Export warning box



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