Modifying the Course Homepage

The Course Homepage contains the Mini Bar, the Course Navbar, and Course Widgets. The Course Homepage is highly customizable. Users can change the layout of the page, add, delete, and customize widgets, and customize the navbar. 

 

Before making any modifications to course homepage, you must first make a copy of the default template of the homepage and activate it. The editing and customization of a course homepage is done to a copy of the course's default homepage, not the default page itself. 

 

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Creating a Copy of the Default Template of the Homepage

To make a copy of the default homepage, first access the homepage management tools by selecting the Gear icon in the bottom right hand corner of the course homepage.

 

Click the Gear Icon.

 

Users may also go to the course navbar and select Course Admin then Homepages, located under Site Setup.

 

Click Course Admin and then Homepages.

 

You have several choices of layouts that can be copied: the default, a two-column lauout, and a three-column layout. Click the arrow next to the desired layout and select Copy.

 

Click the dropdown menu and select Copy.

 

The copy will appear in the list of homepages in blue, indicating that it can be edited. Click on the copy to open it for editing.

 

Click on the copied layout to edit.

 

The course homepage may be given a different name and a description added to it if desired. 

 

Changing the name and description.

 

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Modifying the Header of the Course Homepage

By default, the Course Header displays the Course Name, Semester, and Section Number as it appears in the ATHENA record (e.g., BIOL1100 18SP-12345).

 

To change course header, on the Edit Homepage page, check the Include Header checkbox, and then enter the preferred header into the text field. To restore the default header, click the Restore Default Header Text button.

 

Edit Header

 

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Modifying the Layout of the Course Homepage

By default, the Two Equal Panels Layout is displayed. This option is recommended for most courses, as it is designed to accommodate users viewing the course on mobile devices.

 

To change the homepage layout from the default, click the Change Layout button, select a new layout frome the available options in the pop-up window, and click the Update button.

 

Change Layout.

 

Course Layout Selection

 

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Customizing Widgets

The boxes containing information and providing links to various tools such as the content browser, the course calendar, and course settings are called widgets. Widgets are the building blocks of a course's homepage and can be customized, moved around the page, or deleted. There are many other widgets available to users that can be added to a course homepage. Widgets can also be created.

 

Adding Widgets

To add a widget to a course homepage, go to the Course Home, and select the Pencil Icon in the bottom right corner, and scroll down to the Widgets section.

 

Click the pencil icon.

 

Select the Add Widgets button in the desired area.

 

Click Add Widgets

 

In the pop-up window, use the search bar or scroll through the list to find the desired widget(s), check the box next to the widget name(s) to select, and click Add.

 

Check the box beside the desired widget. Click Add.

 

Click Save and Close to add the Widget to your Course Home.

 

Click Save and Close.

 

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Moving Widgets

To move a widget to a course homepage, go to the Course Home, and select the Pencil Icon in the bottom right corner, and scroll down to the Widgets section.

 

Click the pencil icon.

 

Drag and drop the widget to the desired area.

 

Drag and drop the widget.

 

Drag and drop widget.

 

Click Save and Close.

 

Click Save and Close.

 

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Removing Widgets

 To remove a widget to a course homepage, go to the Course Home, and select the Pencil Icon in the bottom right corner, and scroll down to the Widgets section.

 

Click the pencil icon.

 

Hover the mouse pointer over the desired widget and click the "X" that appears in the top right hand corner.

 

Click the 'x.'

 

Click Save and Close

 

Click Save and Close.

 

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Customizing Widgets

 To customize a widget from a course's homepage, go to Course Home, select the Gear Icon in the bottom right hand corner.

 

Click the Gear icon.

 

Select the Widgets tab.

 

Select the Wigets tab.

 

To preview a widget, select the Preview icon. 

 

Preview Icon

 

When finished viewing widget preview, select Close.

 

Click Close when finished previewing a widget.

 

To custom a widget's settings, select the Customize icon.

 

Select the Customize Icon.

 

To change the widget name, select Custom and input a desired title. When finished customizing your widget, click Save.

 

Click Save when finished customizing.

 

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