D2L - Course Homepage

Last Updated: 02/27/2013


The course homepage is the first page that you see when you enter your course. The typical course homepage is a page comprised of widgets that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings. Your course homepage can also be set as a Desire2Learn Learning Environment tool, such as News or Content, or even as an external URL.

Homepage Display

When your course is first created, the homepage view will be set to default. The default homepage consists of the widgets: Content Browser, My Settings, News, Updates, and Calendar. The course default homepage settings cannot be customized. To have a customizable homepage you need to create your own homepage. To do this one can simply:

  1. From the current homepage, click Edit Course on the navigation bar.
  2. Click on Homepages.
  3. Either copy an existing homepage or click on Create Homepage.
  4. Give you hamepage a name in the Name textfield.
  5. Then select Design a widget-based homepage as you Homepage Type. You can alternately create your homepage as:
    • An existing tool by selecting Make an existing tool the homepage
    • An external site by selecting Make an existing URL the homepage
  6. Add widgets where you desire. For more on this process visit the Add Widgets tutorial.
  7. After you set up your widgets, click Save & Close.
  8. On the Homepage overview page, make sure to set your desired hompage as the Active Homepage.

News Tool

An essential part of a course homepage is the news widget. The news widget allows for you to give instructions and update your students on course announcements form their initial course page. To learn more on how to use the news tool visit the News Tool page.


Widgets are the different sections that make up a homepage. Every item that is displayed on your course homepage is displayed through a widget of some kind. Desire2Learn comes with many standard widgets, and if you are not finding a widget to fit your needs, Desire2Learn allows for the creation of custom widgets. To learn more about widgets and their uses, please visit the widget tutorials listed below.