D2L - Using an HTML Page as a 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.

There are three ways to create a D2L homepage which does not use the default "widget" layout. Homepages of this kind cannot use any of the default homepage widgets such as News or Calendar, which can mean a reduction of interactivity. For information on customizing pages using the existing D2L widgets, see Customizing a D2L Course Homepage.

Homepage as a Tool or URL

To have a D2L tool or an external webpage load below the navigation bar immediately after a participant clicks on the course, 

1) Start by clicking on the Course Admin drop-down menu in the navigation bar, and then Edit Course.

2) Click on .

3) Click on the CreateHomepage.jpg button.

4) Under the Type drop-down menu, you can choose from the following types:

Homepage Type drop-down menu

a) Widget-based: Design a widget-based homepage (see D2L - Customizing a D2L Course Homepage (UW-Madison) )

b) Tool: Make an existing tool the homepage

c) External URL: Make an existing external URL the homepage

To make an existing tool the homepage:

1) Select a Tool from the Tool drop-down menu.


2) Click SaveandClose.jpg when finished.

To make an existing URL the homepage:

1) Enter the URL in the URL field below, including the "www".

2) Click SaveandClose.jpg when finished.

To 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.

Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn my webspace mywebspace homepage html custom course homepage page   Doc ID:3311
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2004-11-03 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:20 CDT
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