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LMS 105: Course Adminstration and Customization by Mind Map: LMS 105: Course Adminstration and
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LMS 105: Course Adminstration and Customization

Welcome / Overview

Show samples of what a Course Home Page can be

Stay consistent

Helps your students, Keeps navigation consistent, Think about your audience, Reduces confusion for students taking multiple courses

Be creative in presenting your content

Consistent items, Maintain default widgets, Maintain location of default NavBar links

Keeps the community aspect

Students need a uniform and consistent look

Want tools to be consistent and comfortable

Be creative with your content

Be aware of the load on the system

Be engaging

Best Practices emphasize consistency

Best Practices emphasize simplicity

Course Administration page

Access using Edit Course link on NavBar

Instructor View:


Course Offering, Shows when course ends, Courses are modeled after classroom, Adhere to college's schedule, Same start and end dates








Import / Export / Copy

Manage Files, Same as Manage Files from Content, Covered in LMS 101

View User Progress, Same as Progress viewed from Classlist, Covered in LMS 104

Course Homepage: NavBar

Keep links consistent

Template, Course_NavBar (default) nopager

Do not rearrange links, Make links that you are not using inactive, so they do not appear on the NavBar, Add other llnks that you want to use

Keep default links in same positons, List of default links

Editing the Course NavBar

4 zones, You work in the zones, one at a time, Select on graphic, Select using tab

Activation, How to activate an existing link, Select, Use arrows, How to deactivate an active link, Select, Use Arrows, Arranging on the NavBar, Move up/Move down, Translates to horizontal position, Editing each zone separately

Creating a link, For example, to a web page, [C] indicates a custom link, Do not associate with image, Takes too much space, Puts too much load on servers

Awareness issues, Can put spacer characters between llinks, How, Must do this 4 times, once for each zone, Syllabus link?, Syllabus link from NavBar can be a problem, Difficult to be sure of maintaining link when copying course, Recommend not doing it, Adding tools, Links, Take Checklist for example, Must add Checklist to NavBar before you can edit the Checklist, Good practice is to work out details in your Practice Course, then work in live course, Links disappear from NavBar if list gets too long, Each of the 4 zones has a limited length, Use the Preview

How to Add Links ot the NavBar

How to Remove Links from the NavBar

How to Arrange Links on the NavBar

How to Create New LInks

Best Practices for NavBars

Import / Export / Copy Components

Get original the way you want before you copy

Can use your Practice Course as your template

Copy to other courses as needed

If original was not right, corrections must be done in every copy.

Recommend Copy whole course

Remove unwanted

Update dates

Selective copying causes broken links

Caution about Discussions, Feedback will be copied, Even when you do not copy messages


Can export from Grades

Export for other classes


Of exported content

Of downloaded modules

How to Copy Existing Courses into New Courses

How to Export Courses and Elements of Courses

How to Import Courses and Elements of Courses

How to Reuse Courses and Elements of Courses

Course Homepage: Homepages and Widgets


Must make a new Course Homepage in order to select and arrange Widgets, Cannot edit My Home page, Cannot edit default Course Home page

Layout Homepage, Heading, Body, Left Panel, Center Panel, Right Panel, Set percentage size for each panel, Footer, Add Widgets to each area, Custom Widgets, System Widgets, Default widgets, News, Events, Updates, Role switch, Maintain consistency, Use the Preview

Can create multiple Course Home pages, Use in sequence as you go through the course

Do not use Set Homepage as Tool, Homepage could be Discussion Board or Email, Students (and others) get confused by this practice.

Use same widget over multiple courses over time


New Widget, Elements of a widget, Name, Descriptive note in Desription, Do not use Restictions

Manage Widgets page, Widgets, Custom widgets, System Widgets, New / Edit Widget, Properties, Name, Desciption, Note to yourself, Widget image, Huh?, Customzie, Design elements, Use with caution, Use previes, Release Conditions, Do not use, Content, Content box, Text, Images, Always use Alt Text, Where to insert picture of self, Sized for web, Be aware of loads on system

How to Modify Widgets

How to Make New Widgets

How to Arrange the Widgets you want on a Course Home page

How to Use a New Home Page for Your Course