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Course Homepage and Widgets

Edit the Course Homepage and Widgets

The homepage is the first page you see when you enter a course. The default homepage is widget-based. Widgets are sections of content that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings.You can create, edit, delete, customize, and preview the widgets.

There are two types of widgets available for your homepages:

  • System Widgets
  • Custom Widgets

Edit the Course Homepage

Note: To edit the course homepage you must first make a copy of the default onQ Course homepage. Once you have made a copy can add or remove widgets, customize their appearance, and create custom widgets to expand the functionality.

  1. On the navbar, click Course Admin then click Homepages.
  2. Locate the onQ Course Homepage and click the dropdown arrow located to the right of the name.
  3. Click Copy.
  4. To add or remove widgets click on the name of the new copy of the onQ Course Homepage.
  5. You now have the option to:
  • Enter a new name and description for your homepage.
  • In the Type drop-down list, select from Widget-based (default), tool based or External URL.
  • To add a header to your homepage below the navbar, select Include homepage header.
  • Enter the replace string of the information that you want it to display. Replace strings are placeholders that refer to information in onQ Learning Environment; the system replaces these placeholders with the corresponding information when you apply them to a homepage header.
  • To choose a layout for a widget-based homepage, click Change Layout.
  • To add widgets to your homepage, click Add Widgets.
    Select widgets from the system or custom widget lists.
  1. Click Save and Close.
  2. You must now make the new homepage Active for your course.

Make the New Course Homepage Active

  1. On the homepages tab, locate the Active Homepage drop-down.
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow and select your new homepage.
  3. Click Apply.


Adding a Widget

  1. Select the Course Admin link in the navbar and choose the Homepages option.
  2. Select the homepage that you wish to add the widgets from the list at the bottom.
  3. At the bottom under Widgets, a preview of the layout will be displayed.
  4. Add widgets to the layout by selecting Add Widgets button in each section. A popup will appear with a list of available widgets.
  5. Check the boxes for the desired widgets and select the blue Add button.
  6. Once all Widgets have been added, select the blue Save and Close button to confirm the updates.

Deleting a Widget

Removing a Widget from your Homepage

  1. Select the Course Admin link in the navbar and choose the Homepages option.
  2. Select the homepage that you wish to delete the widgets from the list at the bottom.
  3. At the bottom under Widgets, a preview of the layout will be displayed.
  4. Hover over the widget, and click the 'x' in the upper right corner of the widget to remove it from the homepage.

Permanently Deleting a Widget

Note: Only Primary Instructor, Instructor, and Instructor No SN roles have the ability to permanently delete a widget.

  1. Select the Course Admin link in the navbar and choose the Widgets option.
  2. Under the Custom Widgets tab, find the Widget you wish to delete. 
  3. Next to the name of the widget, click the 'delete' icon. 
  4. Confirm by clicking 'Delete'. 

Adding Contact Information on Course Home

We've created a Contact Information Widget on the course homepage for you. This is where you can insert your contact information as well as office hours and TA Information. Follow the steps below to edit the Contact Information Widget.

  1. Select the drop down arrow beside Contact Information.
  2. Select Edit this Widget.
  3. Click on the Content Tab.
  4. Insert your contact information using the HTML editor.
  5. Click Save and Close to confirm.

Create an Announcement

Note: Announcement items with availability restrictions will not appear until the specified date is reached.

  1. Find the Announcements Widget on the course homepage by selecting Course Home in the navbar.
  2. From the Announcements widget menu, click New Announcements Item.
  3. Enter a headline and content for your Announcements item.
    If you want to hide your headline's date and time, clear the Always show start date check box. By default, an Announcements item start date and time appears below the headline when displayed in the Announcements widget.
  4. In the Start Date and End Date fields, select the posting availability date. Announcements items publish immediately, unless you specify an alternate start date from Start Date.
    Note: Post-dated Announcements items do not display in the Announcements widget even if users have permission to see future Announcements items. They can be found within the list of Announcements items on the Announcements page.
  5. You can remove an Announcements item on a specific date by selecting the Remove Announcements item based on end date check box. You and administrators can still see the Announcements item after its end date, but it does not appear in the Announcements widget.
  6. In the Attachments section, add attachments, audio recordings, and video recordings as part of your Announcements item.
  7. To include additional release conditions, click Attach Existing or Create and Attach.
  8. To continue editing the Announcements item, click Save as Draft. Students cannot see draft Announcements items. To release Announcements item to users, click Publish.

Adding a Calendar Event

Use the Calendar tool to arrange and visualize course events in multiple views and enable integration of course content and your Calendar.

  1. Select the title of the calendar widget. You will be redirected to the Calendar Agenda View page.
  2. Select the blue Create Event button. You will be redirected to the Create Event page.
  3. Enter the title and description for the event.
  4. Course content can be associated to the event by selecting the Add Content button.
  5. Set the date, time, and duration for the event.
  6. If you wish to make the event reoccurring, select the Add Recurrence.
  7. To add a location for the event, from the Location drop-down list, select the location.
  8. Select the blue Create button to confirm.