Adding a Widget to a D2L Course

  • In Brightspace, the course home page can be customized through the addition of widgets. The course home page is designed to provide students immediate access to news and announcements and upcoming course deadlines. Typical widgets used on the course homepage are the News, Calendar, and Role Switch. However, additional widgets can be added.

    • Click on the Course Admin link in the navbar. On the Course Administration  window, click on the Homepages link.
    • The active homepage is titled Course Default. To customize the homepage, create a copy of the Course Default homepage by clicking on the drop-down menu to the right of the Course Default title and selecting Copy

      Homepage Widget - Copy


    • A new homepage titled Course Default - Copy will appear in the list of homepages. Click on the new title to edit the new homepage. In the Name box, you can enter a new title to reflect the new homepage.  Adding a description in the Entering a Description box is optional. Next, scroll down to the Widgets section. Select the section of the page to which you want to add the new widget and click on the Add Widgets button in that section. 

    • In the Add Widgets  pop-up window, check the box next to the widget you wish to add, then click the Add button. In this example, we are using the Content Browser widget

      Homepage Widget - Select Widget
    • You are returned to the Edit Homepage screen. Click the Save and Close or Save button at the bottom of the screen. 
    • The new homepage must be set as active. On the Homepages screen, click the drop-down menu in the Active Homepage area. Select the new homepage you just created. Click on the Apply button.

    • Click on the Course title at the top of the page to display your new homepage and verify the desired widget is appropriately placed.