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April 2014 in Minneapolis, MN


  • 1. Building Custom Widgets to Enhance Your Home Pages Barry Dahl Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
  • 2. Widget-based Home Pages Before you begin setting up your course home page, consider the needs of your students: What information is most relevant to them as students in your course? What course materials and supplementary materials will they need? How can you maximize your course home page to include relevant information?
  • 3. Widget-based Home Pages At-a-glance, what do you want students to see? Course news and updates Important dates and reminders Links to course content Links to supplementary materials Relevant RSS feeds
  • 4. Traditional Home Page w/News & System Widgets
  • 5. V10 Widget Layout Options Suggestions: Maximize the use of screen space Dont repeat things in widgets and nav bars Encourage your students to enter course through home page, as much as possible 8 Layout Choices
  • 6. Two Equal Widget Columns
  • 7. Large Column on Left
  • 8. Three Column Layout
  • 9. Three Contest Entries
  • 10. Three Embedded Polls Replace strings
  • 11. Community Posts about Widgets RSS Feed Semester Countdown Twitter Feed adding-a-twitter-feed-to-your-course-homepage/ RotateContent Randomized Content laura-gibbs-shares-jit-for-widget-contest/
  • 12. Laura Gibbs Oklahoma University
  • 13. Some Problems with Widgets Mixed content blocking in most browsers Check out the Firefox extension Lack of https: embed code for widgets Widget-building sites come and go: Google Gadget WidgetBox
  • 14. Full Custom Home Pages Any webpage/site can be used as a custom home page in D2L. Examples: Course blog RSS aggregator Any course-specific web page
  • 15. Custom Page Example
  • 16. Lets look at some examples Go to the Ignite LE Barrys RUF Sessions