LMS Update


Preparing for the Purging of Courses in D2L (April 21, 2014)

Preparing for the D2L Upgrade (May 10, 2014)

What's New in D2L 10.3

Online Rooms (Blackboard Collaborate)

D2L Quickstart (PDF)


D2L Goes Mobile

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Instructional Design & Web Technologies Workshop Schedule

Instructional Design & Web Technologies department offers a wide variety of workshops. Please  let us know if you have a specific topic you would like covered!

Register via email at idwt@ship.edu. Please include the name and date of the workshop in your email.

We're available for individual consultations!

Need help? Please call and we will schedule a session with you.

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Creating a Custom Home Page

Instructors can create a customized homepage for the initial page of their course content. This page replaces the default table of contents when users click Content on the navbar. For example, you could create a custom content homepage that contains an annotated table of contents.

Before you add a custom content homepage, you need to create an HTML page or an image. Desire2Learn recommends using an HTML file or similar. You can also use an image file supported by web browsers (JPG, GIF, or PNG).

Creating an HTML file

An HTML file can be created directly in the D2L platform.

  1. From the Course Home page click on the CONTENT link.  The Manage Content pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW TOPIC button.  The New Topic pane appears.

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  3. Click on the CREATE NEW FILE link.  The New Topic-Create New File pane appears.

  4. From the Parent Module pull-down menu select the module this topic will appear under or click on the add module link to create a new Module. 
  5. In the Title text box type the desired title.
  6. In the Short Title text box type an abbreviated title.
  7. In the filename text box, remove any spaces in the filename.
  8. In the HTML Editor type the topic's content. Use tools within the Editor to alter the appearance and functionality of your text. Add any graphics to your page by clicking on the picture_icon picture icon.
  9. To save this topic click on the SAVE button.
    To save this topic and create another new file click on the SAVE AND NEW button.
  10. Verify your link by clicking it within the Content area

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  1. In the course you want to set the homepage for, click Content on the navbar.  
  2. In the left tool menu, click Settings.
  3. In the Content Home area, select Content home.
  4. Click Browse/Change File and navigate to the file you want to use.
  5. If you want the sidebar (a version of the table of contents using short titles) to appear on the custom Content Home page, select Show Sidebar.


Remove a custom content homepage

  1. In the course, click Content on the navbar. 
  2. In the left tool menu, click Settings. 
  3. In the Content Home area, uncheck the "Create a custom Content Home page from a file checkbox.