D2L - Using an HTML Page as a Course Homepage (UW-Madison)

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:2017-03-16 13:02 CDT
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