Welcome to the Avenue to Learn Homepages and Widgets workshop. This is a blended workshop – meaning that before you attend the in-person session, you will have viewed the resources on this page, tried some of these tasks in a course shell and then attended our face-to-face working session where you will put what you’ve learned into practice. We strongly encourage you to bring materials that you might use for your course to the session, that way you will be able to use that time for developing your actual course. If you do not have all your materials prepared, that’s fine, bring what you can to the session.
The outcomes for this course are:
You will be able to create a new course Homepage and make it active.
You will be able to customize the Homepage to display only what you want your students to see.
You will be able to create and edit a Widget to add functionality or visual interest to your course.
1. Changes to homepages and widgets in the Brightspace Daylight Experience
In the Brightspace Daylight Experience, you can no longer set background colours or images for a homepage or select a colour for widget headers. These limits ensure that information is not lost when the display resizes for tablet, mobile device, or other narrow displays. It also ensures that the Brightspace Learning Environment continues to provide a clean backdrop for announcement items, content, and other custom widget material.
To ensure that the Brightspace Daylight Experience is able to optimally resize for narrow displays, D2L recommends that you update your Brightspace Learning Environment to a one or two column homepage layout with your primary content on the left. When the display area collapses to a single column on mobile devices, the content in the secondary column appears beneath the left, primary content. If you do not want to lose the image in your widget header, you can create a banner image widget below the navbar or add an image widget in your secondary column to customize the display.
Some of the instructional videos below are slightly out of date, for any discrepancies, consult the vendor documentation at the following URL: https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/le/daylight/admin/changes_to_homepages_and_widgets_1.htm
Accessing the Homepages tool
Copy a Homepage to use for editing
You can create a homepage from scratch using a variety of layouts, but for the purpose of this training, we will copy the default layout, and then customize it by either adding or removing widgets.
Edit Homepage properties
After clicking on the newly copied homepage you can:
Changing the name of your homepage
Add a description
Change the Type
Manipulate Header options
Change the layout
Edit properties of some widgets by clicking on the widget itself
Add and change the placement of system and custom widgets (including headers and footers)
Please review the following vendor video to learn about some of the commonly used functionality in manipulating homepages, and how to activate your custom homepage. They go through creating a homepage from scratch, but you can see the similarities between editing your copied homepage:
Accessing the Widgets tool
To make a custom widget, please evaluate the following vendor documentation:
4. Course Banner Change