D2L - Customizing a D2L Course Homepage (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

To change or add widgets to a course homepage in Learn@UW, instructors must create a custom homepage. Customization can be done by creating a new homepage, adding or moving "widgets," which are the boxes with the black headers, and activating the new homepage.

Step one (optional): Create the desired new widgets

Video describing the homepage customization process

To add new content to the homepage:

1. Click on Course Admin in the navigation bar to open the drop-down menu. Select Edit Course.


2. Select widgets.jpg.

3. Click the createwidget.jpg button.

4. Name the new widget, and then click over the Content tab to enter widget content.

5. Preview the new widget by clicking the previewwidget.jpg button.

6. Finish by clicking saveandclose.jpg.

For more detailed information on creating widgets, please see Creating a New Widget.

Step two: Create a new homepage and arrange widgets

To create a new homepage:

1. Click on Course Admin in the navigation bar to open the drop-down menu. Select Edit Course.


2. Select .

a) To create a new homepage, click createhomepage.jpg.

b) To build on the default home page, click the downarrow.jpg to the right of the homepage name and select copy.jpg. Click on any (blue) linked homepage to edit it.

3. Name the homepage. Under Homepage Type, select one of the following:

a) Design a widget-based homepage. The number and arrangement of panels on the homepage can be changed by clicking changelayout.jpg. Select the desired layout and click update.jpg.

b) Make an existing tool the homepage (i.e. if you want your course homepage to be the same as your content view), and select a tool under the drop-down menu.

c) Make an existing URL the homepage. (i.e. if you want to use an external course site as your home page), and type in an URL, including the www in the URL box.

4. Use the addwidgets.jpg button to add widgets to the desired homepage section. Select the desired widgets, then click add.jpg. Click on a widget to set widget options, or drag and drop the widgets to reorder.

6. Finish by clicking saveandclose.jpg.

Step three: Activate the new homepage

From the Homepages screen, click on the drop-down menu and click to select your new homepage. To activate, click the Apply button. Active homepages are marked active.jpg.

For examples of customized Homepages please see: Example Courses

Keywords:Learn@UW learnuw desire2learn d2l course homepages enabling setting webpage widgets picture   Doc ID:2198
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2003-08-28 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:21 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, Learn@UW Utility
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