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The Instructor Experience

The Home Page
The Home Page

The Home Page is a Module Page, added by default to the Course Menu in new courses. It contains modules, or discrete boxes of content, that provide students with an intuitive way to keep abreast of content additions and due dates. The instructor can add or delete modules, as well as reorder them with the drag-and-drop function.

The What's New and the To Do modules are the most relevant modules for students. The What's New module contains links to any new content such as assignments, tests, newly graded items, and unread Discussion Board messages. The To Do module provides a chronological listing of due dates.

For modules that notify students of new activity, you can select which items appear by editing the notification settings.

In a new course, the Home Page contains the following default modules:

  • My Announcements
  • My tasks
  • What's New
  • Needs Attention
  • My Calendar
  • To Do
  • Alerts
Home Page

The layout and Modules available on the page are chosen by the instructor from a pool of modules managed by the administrator. Module Pages can be personalized by the students if the instructor permits it. Module Pages cannot have any other types of content included in them.

Adding and Removing Modules:

  1. In "Edit Mode", access the "Home Page".
  2. Click "Add Course Module".
  3. From the "Add Module" page, to add a module, select the "check box"; to remove a module, clear the "check box".
  4. Click "Submit".

Add Module

Reorder Modules:

You can change the module order so the most important modules appear near the top of the Home Page. Use the drag-and-drop function or the Keyboard Accessible Reordering Tool to reorder the modules.

Reorder Modules

A. The Keyboard Accessible Reordering Tool is accessed on the Action Bar.

B. Select the Module you would like to reorder and then click on the appropriate arrow.

Editing Notification Settings:

  1. In "Edit Mode", access the "Home Page".
  2. In one of the notification modules, click "Edit Notification Settings".
  3. On the Edit Notification Settings page, Click the "link to the course".
  4. On the "Current Notification Settings" page, select the "check boxes" of the items to appear or clear the "check box" of an item not needed.
  5. Click "Submit".

Edit notification Settings

The Control Panel

The Control Panel is the central access point to all instructor tools and functions. For example, from the Control Panel, you can do the following:

  • Manage all course tools
  • Customize "the look" of your Course Menu
  • Add course content, such as tests and surveys
  • Enroll and list users, and edit their information
  • Access the Grade Center
Control Panel

* Students do not have access to the Control Panel

Course Menu

To create your Course Menu, you will perform the following steps:

  1. Plan the links
  2. Add Tools and Content Areas
  3. Order the links

As the course menu is created, you will work in the EDIT MODE. Edit Mode allows you to view all of the instructor functions.

Course Menu

A. When Edit Mode is in the ON position, all instructor functions are available. When Edit Mode is in the OFF position, you will see what the students see.

B. When Edit Mode is ON, the Course Menu's Create Item function, shown as a plus sign is available.

Tool Availability

The Customization section of the Control Panel enables you to select which tools are available in the Course Menu. For example, if the Messages tool will not be used, make it unavailable. No one can see it or access it, including the instructor, until it is made available again. If a tool is made unavailable, the tool's content is not deleted. When the tool is made available again, the content is accessible.

Tool Availability

The following descriptions of each availability state will help you decide which settings are appropriate for your course:

  • Available - tool is available throughout the course and open to all users having a role permitting the use of the tool.
  • Visible to Guest or Observers - tool is visible (read-only), but not usable to Guests or Observers, when they are permitted into the course.
  • Available in Content Areas- instructor can place a link to the tool in one or more Content Areas.


Gray filled check box: system administrator made this tool unavailable.

Hyphen: availability settings in the system cannot be changed.

Changing Tool Availability:

  1. From the "Control Panel", click "Customization".
  2. On the "Tool Availability" page, make the availability adjustments required.
  3. To make a tool "Available", select the tool's check box. To make a tool "unavailable", clear the tool's checkbox.
  4. Click "Submit".
Course Style

You can change the appearance of the Course Menu by displaying the links as buttons or text, and by changing styles and colors.

Depending on which you choose, slightly different options appear:

  • For button links, you can select button style and color.
  • For text links, you can select background and text colors.

You can change the appearance of other aspects of your course from the Style page which is located under Customization on the Control Panel.

Customizing the Course Style:

A. Display the links on the Course Menu as text or buttons.

B. Select a default view for the Course Menu - either Folder View or List View.

C. Select a default content view - icon only, text only, or icon and text.

D. Change the course entry point. The course entry point is the first page the students see upon entering the course. The default entry point is the Homepage.

E. Add a banner to the top of the course entry page. The banner can be a text phrase or an image representing the course. The banner file must be in .gif or .jpg file format and it's size should be approximately 480 x 80 pixels.

Course Style

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