Blackboard Event Promotion Graphics


IMAGE:  360 pixels wide x 136 pixels high at 72 pixels per inch (5 inches wide x 1.89 inches high) Just your content. We add the border and shadow.
FORMATS:  jpg, gif, or png
REQUEST: Send start and end dates to ASAP to reserve dates. Select up to two weeks total. The calendar below can be used to see when there is space available. No more than 5 event promotion graphics are used at one time.
CONTENT: Send graphic image as a jpg, gif, or png file, and the link to URL to  It must be received at least one week before the start date. Images in the wrong size will be sent back to be redone.


Where will the event promotion be placed? The image will be placed at the top of the Blackboard home page, the page that is displayed after users log in.

Bb Banners

Two banner ads being displayed on the Blackboard home page

How long can the event promotion graphic be on display? We run at most five event promotion graphics at a time. They normally run for a week or two. If you want to start advertising an event more than two weeks before the event, you can run the graphic for a week, have it removed for a time, and run it again for a week. That will cover a wider time span, but still only run for two weeks. It will also be likely to draw more attention that way than if it was running constantly. This can be done in one request, by explaining what you are requesting.

What should go on the event promotion graphic? You don’t need all the information about your event in the graphic. Just put enough to attract interest, and have the event promotion graphic link to a page with all the details.

If you can include what looks like a button that contains a few action words on your event promotion graphic, you will get a better response. For example, “Find out more now!” or “Free Tickets” or “Apply by Nov. 10.” That is a “Call to Action” that will trigger more responses. In the example above, the “health101” graphic includes “Enter to Win $1,000” as a kind of a button. Far more people clicked on the “health101” graphic than the “Bb Help Desk” graphic, which is just information and does not have a “Call to Action.”

Who do I send the request and content to? You can request your dates at any time, and send the image and URL a week before the promotion is to be posted. Send the graphic and URL to in an email requesting an “Event Promotion on Blackboard.” If we have any questions we will get back to you. Graphics must be in the size specified above, or they may be returned to you for reprocessing.

Who can I talk to about this service? Questions should be directed to the Blackboard Help Desk at 305-284-3949 or

Fine print: We reserve the right to restrict dates or decline a banner ad request.


This calendar indicates dates that have been reserved for event promotion graphics on Blackboard. The green items are event promotions. The gold items are UM academic calendar dates, for reference. Up to five (5) banner ads can appear on Blackboard at one time. Submit your request to reserve dates to