Working with Widgets

A Course Home page can be customized using widgets. Widgets are areas containing specific information regarding the course and can help add topical organization to any D2L course. Global widgets cannot be entirely deleted, but they can be activated or deactivated. For more information refer to Activating and Deactivating Widgets.

Creating Widgets

After the instructor creates a widget, it cannot be viewed until activated. For information on activating widgets refer to Activating and Deactivating Widgets.

  1. On the Course Home page red Navigation bar, click the EDIT COURSE link. The "Course Admin Tools" pane appears.
  2. Click WIDGETS. The "Manage Widgets" pane appears.
  3. Click NEW WIDGET widgets 1The "New Widget" pane appears.
  4. In the Name text box, type the desired name.
  5. In the Description text box, type the desired description.
    NOTE: This description appears in the "Manage Widgets" pane and is not visible to users.
  6. Click the SAVE button. The widget is created and the "Edit Widget" pane appears.

Editing Widgets

  • After creating a widget, instructors can edit the widget's appearance, release conditions, properties, and content.

Editing Widgets: Accessing the Edit Widget Pane

  1. On the Course Home page red Navigation bar, click the EDIT COURSE link. The "Course Admin Tools" pane appears.
  2. Click WIDGETSwidgets 1 The "Manage Widgets" pane appears.
  3. Go to the Action column.
  4. In the Widgets section, go to the desired widget and click EDIT. The "Edit Widget" pane appears.

Editing Widgets: Appearance

  1. Access the Edit Widget pane.
  2. Select the Customize tab widgets 2

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  3. Create a border for the widget:
    1. Select Display widget as a box
    2. From the Box Style pull-down menu, select 1 px solid or 2 px solid
  4. To display the title bar for the widget, select Show the title bar.
  5. Select the Title Bar Color.
  6. Format the widget title:
    1. In the Widget Title text box, type the desired title.
    2. From the Title Color pull-down menu, select the text color.
    3. From the Title Alignment pull-down menu, select the desired alignment for the widget.
  7. To save changes, click the SAVE button. To disregard all changes and return to the "Manage Homepages" pane, click CANCEL.

Editing Widgets: Release Conditions

Release conditions establish one or more conditions that must be met before the widget can be viewed.

  1. Access the "Edit Widget" pane.
  2. Select the Release Conditions tab.

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  3. Click the ATTACH EXISTING button. The "Attach Existing Conditions" dialog box appears.
  4. To attach an existing condition, select the desired conditions.
  5. Click ATTACH. The selected conditions are added. The system will return to the "Edit Widget" pane.

Editing Widgets: Properties

Widget properties include the widget's name and description.

  1. Access the "Edit Widget" pane.
  2. Select the Properties tab.

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  3. To change the widget's name, go to the Name text box and make the desired changes.
  4. To change the widget's description, go to the Description text box and make the desired changes.
    NOTE: This description appears in the Manage Homepages pane and is not seen by the users.
  5. To save changes, click SAVE. To disregard all changes and return to the "Manage Homepages" pane, click CANCEL.

Editing Widget Content

This is the content area of the widget which can include both text and links.

  1. Access the "Edit Widget" pane.
  2. Select the Content tab.

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  3. In the Contents text box, type the desired content. To use the HTML Editor. click EDIT HTML SOURCE.
  4. To save, click SAVE. To quit creating the widget and return to the "Manage Homepages" pane, click CANCEL.

Deleting Widgets

Deleting a widget removes it from all homepages created within the current course.

  1. On the Course Home page red Navigation bar, click the EDIT COURSE link. The "Course Admin Tools" pane appears.
  2. On the Navigation bar, click WIDGETS widgets 1The "Manage Widgets" pane appears.
  3. In the Widgets section, next to the desired widget click DELETE WIDGET trashcanA confirmation dialog box appears.
  4. Click DELETE. The widget is deleted.