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Managing Widgets that Appear on your Course Home Page in D2L

D2L allows you to modify certain widgets to control how much or what content is displayed. You can also change the style and look of some or all of your widgets and create custom widgets to give your Course Home page a distinct look.

Modify a Widget's Display Settings

Some widgets, including News, Calendar, Updates, and Picture Library, have specific display settings you can access. These settings allow you to control how much content is displayed in the widget. However, you can only modify widget display settings if you have created and set a custom Course Home page to active. For more information, see the Designing your Course Home Page guide.

  1. Go to your Course Home page.
  2. Click the dropdown arrow next to the widget you want to modify, then select Customize this Widget. The “Customize Widget” dialog box will open.

  3. Options for modification will vary by widget:
    • For Calendar, select the number of events to display and choose among "Show only events for this org unit" or "Show events for this org unit and any explicit enrollment." Click Save.
    • For News, select the a maximum number of items to display and choose whether to remove items after a certain number of days. Click Save.

Customize a Widget's Appearance

You may want to modify the appearance of your widget if you want to visually emphasize a particular widget or apply a distinct visual style to your Course Home page.

  1. Go to your Course Home page.
  2. Click the dropdown arrow next to the widget you want to modify, then select Style this Widget. The Widget Settings dialog box will open.

  3. Style a widget from the homepage
  4. Customize the widget titlebar appearance.
  5. Customize the widget’s border settings.
  6. Click Save when you are done making changes.
  • NOTE: Making sure your widget meets accessibility guidelines

    Changes you make to the widget’s titlebar will preview at the bottom of the dialog box. The system will also provide you with feedback regarding whether the settings you select meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It is recommended that your formatting meets these standards.


Create Custom Widgets

You can create custom widgets that will display on your Course Home page. You must first create the widget in the Widgets section of the Edit Course area. Then you can add it to your Course Home page in the Homepages section. See the Designing Your Course Homepage guide for information about adding widgets to a homepage.

  1. Click Edit Course on the right side of the course navigation bar.
  2. Click Widgets in the Site Setup section.

  3. Access widgets page from Site Administration
  4. Click Create Widget. The "New Widget" page will open with the Properties tab displayed.
  5. Enter a name for the new widget (required).
  6. Enter a description (optional).

  7. Edit properties of new widgets
  8. Click the Content tab.
  9. Enter the content you want to display in the widget. This can be text, images, links, or content embedded from an external website. See the HTML Editor guide for more information on creating content in D2L.
  10. Click Save and Close.

  11. Customize new widget content

Edit Custom Widgets

Once you've created a custom widget, it is easy to go back and make further edits.
  1. Click Edit Course on the right side of the course navigation bar. The Course Administration page will open.
  2. Click the Widgets link in the Site Setup section.
  3. Click the pencil icon next to the widget you want to edit. The Edit Widget page will open with the Properties tab displayed.
  4. Make changes to the widget in the Properties and Content tabs, as applicable.
  5. Click Save and Close when you are finished making changes.

NEXT STEPS

For more information on creating News events and populating your course calendar see the Updating the News Widget guide and the Viewing the Calendar and Adding Calendar Events guides.

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