D2L - Customizing a Course Homepage and Widgets

Last Updated: 08/16/2017
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This tutorial is operating system independent.


The course homepage is the first page that you see when you enter your course. The typical course homepage is composed of widgets that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings. Your course homepage can also be set as a D2L tool, such as News or Content, or even as an external URL. Visit D2L - Course Layout for more information on customizing your course Homepage and Navbar, including how to use Toolkit Navbars and Homepages to quickly customize the layout of your course.

Step 1

From your D2L course, click Edit Course on the navigation bar.

Step 2

Click on Homepages.

Step 3

Either copy an existing homepage or click on Create Homepage.

Step 4

Enter a Name for your new homepage.

Step 5

In the Type drop-down menu, select widget-based as your Homepage Type. You can alternately create your homepage as:

  • An existing tool by selecting Tool under Type
  • An external site by selecting External URL under Type

Step 6

Add tools/widgets as needed. For more on this process visit the Add Tools/Widgets tutorial.

Step 7

After you setup your widgets, click Save & Close.

Step 8

On the Homepage overview page, make sure to select your desired homepage from the Active Homepage dropdown.