How do I change the Course Home Page?

You can change your Course Home Page to 1) the Recent Activity Dashboard, 2) a Page you can Decide Yourself, 3) the Course Modules/Sections, 4) the Assignment List, or 5) the Syllabus with Assignment List.

If you are not using Draft State, view an archived version of this lesson. You can also view a PDF of all archived lessons in the Course Home Page.

Open Course

Open Course

Find the course you want to view the home page for and click on the link. You will see the Course Home Page when you open the course.

View Course Home Page

View Course Home Page

Click the Edit Homepage link to update or change the home page.

Open Home Page Layout Drop Down Menu

Open Home Page Layout Drop Down Menu

Open the Home Page Layout drop down menu.

Select Home Page Layout

Select Home Page Layout

Click the home page layout you prefer. Your choices for the home page include: the Recent Activity Dashboard, Pages Front Page, Course Modules/Sections, Assignments List, or Syllabus.

Update Layout

Update Layout

Click the Save button to save the changes made to the Course Home Page.

View the Recent Activity Dashboard

The Recent Activity Dashboard lets participants see the most recent notifications and interactions for this course. It is very similar to the dashboard page where users first log in, but only shows content for the specific course.

View Pages Front Page

Pages Front Page allows instructors to design the course homepage and include links, images or rich media. Students will be able to interact with the content added to this page.

Note: When the Pages Front Page is selected as the homepage display, the Course Homepage will not update accordingly unless a Front Page is assigned in Pages. Please be aware that new courses created with Draft State no longer produce a default front page. Therefore, to select a Front Page, you will need to create a new page in Pages and associate it as the course Front Page. See the Pages chapter for more details.

View the Course Modules/Sections

The Course Modules/Sections allows instructors to organize the course into modules or sections.

View the Assignment List

The Assignment List shows the list of assignments for the course with upcoming and recent assignments at the top of the page.

View the Syllabus

View the Syllabus

The Syllabus allows instructors to write up a description of course expectations or introduce the course with links, images, etc. It then shows a calendar view of all assignments and course events.

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