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Desire2Learn 9.0

Customizing the Course Home Page

The Course Home page is the first page students see when they access your course. When creating the Course Home page, you have a number of options to make it more useful for students. For example, the use and placement of widgets can make a difference in the way information is presented on the Course Home page.

return to topCreating a New Course Home Page

You can create a new Course Home page by following these steps.

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget » select the desired course
    The Course Homepage appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. In the General section, click HOMEPAGES
    The Manage Homepages page appears.

  4. Click NEW HOMEPAGE
    The New Homepage pane appears.
    New Homepage pane

  5. In the Name text box, type the name of the new homepage

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Description text box, type a description of the homepage

  7. When finished, click SAVE
    The Edit Homepage pane appears.

  8. Continue with Activating and Deactivating Widgets

Activating and Deactivating Widgets

You can activate, deactivate, and create new widgets according to the needs of your course. For more information refer to Working with Widgets.

  1. From the Edit Homepage pane, select the Content/Layout tab
    Content/Layout tab

  2. In the area which you want to activate or deactivate a widget, click ADD WIDGET
    The Add Widget dialog box appears.

  3. To activate a widget, from the Available Widgets scroll list, select the desired widget
    HINT: A widget is selected when a checkmark appears in the corresponding box

  4. To deactivate a widget, from the Active Widgets scroll list, deselect the desired widget
    HINT: A widget is deselected when the corresponding box is empty

  5. To preview the widget, click PREVIEWPreview button
    A preview of the homepage appears in a new window.

  6. Click SAVE
    NOTE: You must save before you move on to another area in order to retain your changes.

  7. Repeat steps 1-6 until your homepage is as desired

  8. OPTIONAL: To change a panel size, click PANEL SIZESPanel Sizes button
    The Panel Sizes dialog box appears.

  9. Make desired changes
    NOTE: The width of any active, open widget will take precedence over specified column width.

  10. When finished, click SAVE

  11. When finished, to return to the Manage Homepages page, click HOMEPAGES

return to topActivating a Course Home Page

You must activate a Course Home page before it is visible to users.

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget » select the desired course
    The Course Homepage appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. In the General section, click HOMEPAGES
    The Manage Homepages page appears. Manage Homepages pane

  4. For the homepage you want to activate, in the Active column, click SETSet as Active Homepage button
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  5. Click SET ACTIVE
    The Course Home page is activated.
    NOTE: Current Active appears in the Active column when a homepage is active.

return to topEditing a Course Home Page

Once a Course Home page has been created, it can be edited to meet the needs of the course.

NOTE: You can not edit the course default homepage.

Editing a Course Home Page: Name and Description

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget » select the desired course
    The Course Homepage appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. In the General section, click HOMEPAGES
    The Manage Homepages pane appears.
    Manage Homepages pane
  4. In the Name column, click the desired homepage
    The Edit Homepage pane appears.
    EXAMPLE: Click CLASSIC HORROR LITERATURE.

  5. Make the desired changes

  6. Click SAVE
    The Course Home page is modified.

Editing a Course Home Page: Modifying Content

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget » select the desired course
    The Course Homepage appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. In the General section, click HOMEPAGES
    The Manage Homepages pane appears.
    Manage Homepages pane

  4. In the Name column, click the desired homepage
    The Edit Homepage pane appears.

  5. Select the Content/Layout tab

  6. Make desired changes
    For more information, refer to Working with Widgets.

  7. To preview, click PREVIEW HOMEPAGEPreview Homepage button

return to topDeleting a Course Homepage

Deleting a homepage permanently removes it from the course. You should not delete a homepage that is currently active. You cannot delete the default homepage.

  1. From the My Home page, in the My Eau Claire Courses widget » select the desired course
    The Course Homepage appears.

  2. On the Navigation bar, click EDIT COURSE
    The Course Administration pane appears.

  3. In the General section, click HOMEPAGES
    The Manage Homepages pane appears.
    Manage Homepages pane

  4. In the row for the homepage you want to delete, click DELETE HOMEPAGEDelete Homepage button
    A confirmation dialog box appears

  5. Click DELETE
    The selected homepage has been deleted.

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