Building Custom Widgets to
Enhance Your Home Pages
Barry Dahl
Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
Widget-based Home Pages
• Before you begin setting up your course
home page, consider the needs of your
students:
– What i...
Widget-based Home Pages
• At-a-glance, what do you want students to
see?
– Course news and updates
– Important dates and r...
“Traditional” Home Page w/News & System Widgets
V10 Widget Layout Options
• Suggestions:
– Maximize the use of
screen space
– Don’t repeat things in
widgets and nav bars
...
Two Equal Widget Columns
Large Column on Left
Three Column Layout
Three Contest Entries
Three Embedded Polls
Replace strings
Community Posts about Widgets
• RSS Feed
community.desire2learn.com/rss-feeds-in-a-d2l-widget/
• Semester Countdown
commun...
Laura Gibbs – Oklahoma University
Some Problems with Widgets
• Mixed content blocking in most browsers
– Check out the Firefox extension
• Lack of “https:” ...
Full Custom Home Pages
• Any webpage/site can be used as a
custom home page in D2L.
• Examples:
– Course blog
– RSS aggreg...
Custom Page Example
Let’s look at some examples
• Go to the Ignite LE
• Barry’s RUF Sessions
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Desire2Learn Ignite Minnesota - Building Custom Widgets

  1. 1. Building Custom Widgets to Enhance Your Home Pages Barry Dahl Sr. Community Manager, Desire2Learn
  2. 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. 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. 4. “Traditional” Home Page w/News & System Widgets
  5. 5. V10 Widget Layout Options • Suggestions: – Maximize the use of screen space – Don’t repeat things in widgets and nav bars – Encourage your students to enter course through home page, as much as possible 8 Layout Choices
  6. 6. Two Equal Widget Columns
  7. 7. Large Column on Left
  8. 8. Three Column Layout
  9. 9. Three Contest Entries
  10. 10. Three Embedded Polls Replace strings
  11. 11. Community Posts about Widgets • RSS Feed community.desire2learn.com/rss-feeds-in-a-d2l-widget/ • Semester Countdown community.desire2learn.com/custom-widget-semester-countdown/ • Twitter Feed adding-a-twitter-feed-to-your-course-homepage/ • RotateContent Randomized Content laura-gibbs-shares-jit-for-widget-contest/
  12. 12. Laura Gibbs – Oklahoma University
  13. 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. 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. 15. Custom Page Example
  16. 16. Let’s look at some examples • Go to the Ignite LE • Barry’s RUF Sessions

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