Are you ready to start building your course in D2L? This section will get you going in the right direction to build your home page and start populating your modules with content such as files, assignments, quizzes and more!

 

Home Pages and Widgets

 

Overview

 

Course Home is the first page you and your students see when visiting your D2L course site. You can use it to share important information with students, including news updates and upcoming due dates. Your course site's Course Home page is comprised of boxes of content called widgets. By default in the left 2/3 column, you'll see the AnnouncementsContent Browser, and Role Switch widgets. In the right 1/3 column, you'll see the UpdatesCalendarAsk Your Librarian, and Bookmarks widgets. 

 

Some academic departments or programs may designate that specific widgets be added to your Course Home page, or even a specific custom layout, but most course sites will simply display the university-wide default layout and widgets. You have the ability to customize your home page layout to rearrange the default widgets, remove widgets, add other widgets, and even create your own widgets! Scroll down for the step-by-step instructions.

 

Default D2L Home Page

 

 

Step-by-Step

 

To create a custom home page for your course site, you'll need to complete two steps. First, you'll create and customize a new home page. Second,  you'll need to make that page active. 

 

A. Create and Customize Your Home Page

 

  1. Click Course Admin on the course navigation bar.
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  3. On the Course Administration page, click Homepages under the Site Setup heading.
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    Course Admin Page

     

     

  5. Click the dropdown arrow beside Course Default (v10), then select Copy. A new homepage called Course Default (v10) – Copy will appear.
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    Copy Home Page

     

     

  7. Click the Course Default (v10) - Copy link. The Edit Homepage page will open.
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    1. Enter a name for your homepage (required).
    2. style="text-align: left; margin-left: 30px;">Enter a description for your homepage (optional).
    3. style="text-align: left; margin-left: 30px;">Select an option in the “Type” section:
      • Widget-based (default option): The homepage will display widgets. See the Optional Steps section below for information on Changing Widgets and setting up a Widget-based homepage.
      • Tool: The homepage will display a specific tool for your course, i.e., Content, Submissions, etc.
      • External URL: The homepage will display a page from an external website.

    Edit Home Page

     

     

  9. Scrolling down, you can change the layout, Change Layout,  and select a new layout for your home page. The default home page layout is Basic with a 2/3 left column and a 1/3 right column). Click the Update button when finished.
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    Select New Layout

     

     

  11. You can now move (see arrow below) widgets around in your custom layout. As you hover over each widget, the circled X in the upper right corner is the Remove option if you want to completely delete a widget from the home page.
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    Move Widget

     

     

  13. Click the Add Widgets button in the respective column to add additional widgets created by D2L or custom widgets developed by the MSUB eLearning Office.
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  15. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the page when done.
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    Add Widget

 

B. Make Your Home Page Active

 

    Your new homepage will not appear in your course until you make it active. See below for directions on Activating a Homepage.

     

  1. Back on the Homepages page, click the Active Homepage drop-down and select your new custom home page.
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  3. Click Apply.
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    You'll notice your new layout the next time you return to your course home page!

    Activate Home Page

     

    You'll notice your new layout the next time you return to your course home page!

 

 

Additional Resources 

 

 

Help Icon Further Assistance

 

For all D2L issues between 8am - 8pm,

please call the eLearning Office Help Desk. 

406-657-2192

 

After hours, please call the 24/7 Help Desk @

 406-247-5755

 

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For all other MSUB-supported technologies,  our IT and eLearning help desk folks can help you with most university technology resources, and even provides free diagnostics for student computers.

406.247.5700

 

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IT Faculty Resources: 

https://www.msubillings.edu/it/facultyservices.htm

Module Pages

 

Overview

 

Module Page ThumbModules are used to organize your course content.   You can upload PowerPoint presentations, required readings, links to Websites, and videos for students to watch just to list a few. You can create assignment submission folders, discussion forums, and quizzes/exam within modules. You can organize your course content are by week, unit, or chapter. Online courses are typically organized into weekly modules.

 

Click the thumbnail image at right for a larger version.

 

  1. Displays your modules in Table of Contents
  2. Add new modules
  3. Displays Module title
  4. Add date and condition restrictions
  5. Add Module description
  6. Upload or create content (e.g., PowerPoints, PDFs, links, discussions, assignments, etc.)
  7. Create sub-modules within other modules

 

Step-by-Step

 

By default, students entering your course for the very first time will automatically be taken to the Overview page when they click the Content link on the navigation menu. Therefore, it makes sense that something be placed there to inform students about your course and any next steps.

 

  1. Click Content on the course navigation bar.
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    Click Content

     

  3. You'll enter the most recent Content Module (or sub-module) visited. In any content area, you'll see the Table of Contents on the left side of your screen and any modules and sub-modules you've already created. In this empty sample course, I'll click Add a module...
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    Click New Module

     

  5. Enter a module title.
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    Enter module title

     

  7. Once the module has been created, you can then add date and conditional restrictions. Here, we'll skip this feature in this tutorial and click Add a Description.
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    Add description

     

  9. Before you begin creating the description, click the Show All Components button Show All to display a second row of formatting options.
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  11. Enter your module description in the text box. You can add images, links, and even media such as video and audio.
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  13. Click the Update button when done.
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    Module Description

     

    You now have a content module! The third tab above will show you how you can easily add additional files, quizzes, assignment submission folders and more.

     

    Module Done

 

 

Additional Resources 

 

 

Help Icon Further Assistance

 

For all D2L issues between 8am - 8pm,

please call the eLearning Office Help Desk. 

406-657-2192

 

After hours, please call the 24/7 Help Desk @

 406-247-5755

 

---

 

For all other MSUB-supported technologies,  our IT and eLearning help desk folks can help you with most university technology resources, and even provides free diagnostics for student computers.

406.247.5700

 

IT Icons

 

IT Faculty Resources: 

https://www.msubillings.edu/it/facultyservices.htm

Creating and Uploading Content

 

Overview

 

Once you have a module created, it is then time to create and organize your course content.  In this tutorial, we will upload a file (PowerPoint presentation) into a module and then create a link to a Website. Creating module content such as discussion forums, assignments, and quizzes are explored in separate tutorials.

 

 

Step-by-Step

 

  1. Once in your content module, click the Upload / Create button and select Upload Files.
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    As you can see from the drop-down menu, this is whare you can upload files, create links to Websites, create discussions, create assignment submission folders, and more.

     

    Upload Create Content

     

     

  3. Click the My Computer option and then click Upload.
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    Add a File     Upload

     

     

  5. Locate your file (PowerPoint file in this example) and click Open. Next, click the Add button.
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    Find File     Click Add

     

     

    Your module should now look like the following. Scroll down and we will create a link to a Website.

     

    Finished Uploading File

     

     

     

  1. Once in your content module, click the Upload / Create button and select Create a Link.
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    Create a Link

     

  3. Enter a link Title, the URL, and then click Open as External Resource.
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  5. Click the Create button when finished.
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    New Link

     

     

  7. Look over the settings for your link and then creturn to the module page by clicking the breadcrumb link.
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    Breadcrumb Link

     

  9. There's your link. Click the link to test it and make sure it opens the intended Web page.
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    Add any additional files, quizzes, assignment submission folders and such and you're module will be ready for students!

     

    Test Link

 

 

Additional Resources 

 

 

Help Icon Further Assistance

 

For all D2L issues between 8am - 8pm,

please call the eLearning Office Help Desk. 

406-657-2192

 

After hours, please call the 24/7 Help Desk @

 406-247-5755

 

---

 

For all other MSUB-supported technologies,  our IT and eLearning help desk folks can help you with most university technology resources, and even provides free diagnostics for student computers.

406.247.5700

 

IT Icons

 

IT Faculty Resources: 

https://www.msubillings.edu/it/facultyservices.htm

Course Templates (Page Templates)

 

Overview

 

The Office of e-Learning has created a number of course templates for degree programs and individual faculty use. If you and/or your department might be interested in a customized template, we can certainly assist in creating a presence that will provide structural consistency and get you up and going in the right direction as you develop your course. 

 

Course Templates developed thus far for faculty have primary included: 1) custom Home Pages; 2) Overview page starter content; 3) starter introductory and content modules; 4) and weekly overview pages that foster alignment between course outcomes, learning activities, engagement activities, and assessment activities. In this tutorial, we will apply a page template for a weekly overview the e-Learning deprtment would place into a course for you.

 

Sample Custom Home Page Templates

 

Course Template Examples 

 

Sample Module Content (Weekly Overview and Instructor Welcome)

 

Page Templates

 

 

 

Step-by-Step

 

  1. Once in your content module, click the Upload / Create button and select Create a File.
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    Create File

     

     

  3. Click the Browse for Template button.
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    Browse for Template

     

     

  5. Click the Course Offering Files option.
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    Add a File

     

     

  7. Select the page template file uploaded for you in the Course Offering Files folder.
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  9. When finished, click the Add button.
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    Select Template

     

     

  11. From the Create a File page, you can now enter a content page title, edit the template page text, and then click Publish when done.
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    Edit Your Template Page

 

 

Additional Resources 

 

 

Help Icon Further Assistance

 

For all D2L issues between 8am - 8pm,

please call the eLearning Office Help Desk. 

406-657-2192

 

After hours, please call the 24/7 Help Desk @

 406-247-5755

 

---

 

For all other MSUB-supported technologies,  our IT and eLearning help desk folks can help you with most university technology resources, and even provides free diagnostics for student computers.

406.247.5700

 

IT Icons

 

IT Faculty Resources: 

https://www.msubillings.edu/it/facultyservices.htm