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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Modify the My Home Page - Using Homepages

The course homepage is the first page that instructors and students see when entering a course. The typical course homepage is a page comprised of widgets that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings.


Access the Homepages tool

  1. Click Edit Course on the navigation bar, and selecting Homepages from the list of course administration tools.

Setting up your course homepage

All courses are initially set up with a default course homepage by the system administration. Use the Homepage Management tool to create a new homepage and set it as the active homepage for your course. Instructos can then, add or remove widgets, customize their appearance, and create custom widgets to expand the functionality of your course homepage.

Create a new course homepage

  1. Click on the Edit Course link from the course navbar.
  2. Click Homepages. The Manage Homepages page displays.
  3. Click on the New Homepage button.
  4. Enter a Name and Description for the homepage.
  5. Click on the Save button.

Managing your course homepage

Course homepage is comprised of configurable boxes of content, called widgets, that provide information, links and other course related functionality. Use the Homepage Management tool to add and remove widgets from the course homepage, change their placement and order and configure their appearance and behavior.

Add or move widgets on your homepage

The Content/Layout tab enables instructors to add widgets to a homepage, move existing widgets to different homepage panels, change the widget display options and remove widgets from your homepage.

When adding widgets to your homepage, ensure the Width of the selected panel is sufficient for the widgets you want to display.

  1. Click on the Content/Layout tab.
  2. To add an existing widget to a panel, click the corresponding Add Widget button to display all widgets currently available for use in the homepage.
  3. Select the widgets to add to the homepage panel.
  4. Click on the Save button to apply the changes. (The widgets listed on the Add Widget page are dependent on the tools available for use within your organization and added to the current org unit.)
  5. Use Widget Context Menus to:
    • Move widgets to other panels.
    • Arrange the vertical placement of widgets.
    • Edit the display properties of widgets, such as border width, title bar color and Widget title.
    • Remove widgets from your homepage.
  6. Click on the Preview Homepage button on the action bar to view your homepage setup.

Change the panel widths on your homepage

  1.  Click on the Panel Sizes button on the action bar. 
  2. Adjust the panel width percentages accordingly. Instructors can also click Force these widths to enforce panel width.
  3.  Click on the Save button to confirm. 

Activate your course homepage

  1. Click on the Edit Course link from the course navbar.
  2. Click on the Homepages link.
  3. Click the Set button under Course Default beside the applicable homepage to set it as the course default.
  4. Click on the Set Active button to confirm the change.