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Customise VITAL homepage layout View

Each of the panels on the homepage can be moved to a different position. The home page is organised into three columns (this cannot be changed).


  • You can drag and drop panels to different areas and columns on the page. Hover the mouse pointer over the title bar of the panel you want to move, click and hold to drag, release the mouse click to drop into the new position.

  • An accessible, keyboard-based facility also lets you move panels around. Click the double arrow button next to the ‘Personalize Page’ button to access this facility, as shown below.
  • Use the arrows on the window to move panels around the screen. Click on the ‘Submit’ button to save changes.

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 For a full guide to what's on the VITAL Home Page see the eLearning Unit 'How to' guide here.


Add a new Content Area to a module View
You can add new sections for content (a content area) to your module from the module menu. Every module will have a default 'Learning Resources' content area. You can add more of these content areas to organise your module contents.

  1. With the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the menu, as shown here.

     


  2. On the pop-up menu that appears, select the Content Area option. 

  3. You have to give the area a name, and if you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.
  4. The new area will appear as a link at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

(Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu).
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: elearning@liv.ac.uk

Re-order the module menu View

Module menu items can be dragged and dropped to rearrange the order of the module menu and this includes subheaders and dividers.

 

  1. Hover the mouse pointer over the menu item you want to move.
  2. Click on the double headed-arrow that appears next to the item and drag and drop it in the new position on the menu, as shown below.

  3. Accessibility note. You can reorder module menu items using your keyboard by clicking the icon highlighted below to access the facility shown here. Select the item you want to move and use the up/down arrows to move it. (Note: you might find that this doesn’t work on computers running Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 8. Switch to a different browser such as Firefox.)

    

Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
elearning@liv.ac.uk


Edit items on module menu (delete, hide, rename) View

Each item on the module menu can be edited in some way, to delete it (which will also remove all the contents of the section it links to so be careful) rename it or hide it. Dividers and subheaders also have some editing options. 

 

  1. Hover your mouse pointer to the right of the item you want to edit as in the screenshot below.

     

  2. Click on the downward arrow icon to access a pop-up menu relating specifically to that item (the menu options will differ from item to item). These are top-level functions which will generally include an option to Rename the module menu link, Hide or Show the link to the students, or Delete the item and all of its content altogether.

     

  3. Exercise caution with this Delete function as it will permanently remove the content as well as the module menu link for that section. It is better just to Hide item from students in case you want to re-use content at a later point, or you mistakenly delete some content that cannot currently be recovered (there is no Undo facility in VITAL).

Add a menu link to a VITAL tool (e.g. Discussion Board) View

You can create a direct link from a module menu to a specific VITAL tool, so that your students can quickly access it, if it is a major part of your module, like the Discussion Board or Reading List tool for example.

 

  1. To add a tool link to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

  2.  On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Tool Link option.

     

  3. You are prompted to give the tool link a Name and to choose one tool from the complete list which appears in a drop down menu.   


  4. If you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.

     

  5. Click 'Submit'. The link will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.


    Add a menu link to an item in the module View

    You can create a link from a module menu to a specific section or content item within that module. This might be used for a quick link for students to a module assessment, or to a folder containing important resources, for example.

     

    1. To add a course link to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

    2.  On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Course Link option.

       

    3. You will be prompted for a Name for the link and the location of where you want to link to in your module. Click on the Browse button to open a directory of all the sections and items in your module, as shown in the example below. You can open and close sections to find and select an item as you would with Windows Explorer.


    4. If you want it to be immediately accessible to students, check the 'Available to Users' box.

       

    5. Click 'Submit'. The link will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.


    Create a divider in the menu View

    You can add line dividers to a menu layout (these have no text attached to them) to separate logically sections of your module menu. They can be dragged and dropped up and down the module menu.

    1. To add a divider to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

    2. On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Divider option.

        


      3. The divider will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.


      Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
      For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
      elearning@liv.ac.uk


    Create a subheader in the menu View

    You can create text dividers (subheaders) in the layout of your module menu.These appear in their own line, in bold, in the module menu as shown by the screenshot on below. You can use this with line divders as well, for grouping sections of your module on the menu.



    1. To add a subheader to your module menu, with the Edit Mode ON, hover the mouse pointer over the white cross in the top left of the module menu, as shown here.     

    2. On the pop-up menu that appears, click on the Subheader option.

       

    3. Give a name for the subheader and click Submit. The subheader will appear at the bottom of your module menu. You can drag and drop this to a different position on the menu.

    4. You can add and order menu items to appear under this subheader.


    Build and edit module menu structure (add new content sections, links, etc) View

    All modules in VITAL are set up with a basic structure which you can modify by:

    • adding new sections for content
    • re-ordering the module menu and adding dividers and sub-headers
    • adding links to external sites, items in the module and specific tools (e.g. the discussion board) to the module menu.

     All of these modifications are carried out directly on the module menu (highlighted on the upper image here and enlarged below it).

     


    The enlargement above shows three main aspects of the module menu.

    • Hovering over this white cross (A) reveals a drop down menu of options for creating new sections, dividers, links etc on the module menu.
    • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item will reveal a downward arrow icon (B) which when clicked reveals a dropdown menu of editing options for that section.
    • Hovering the mouse pointer by a menu item also reveals a two-way arrow icon (C) which indicate that the item can be dragged and dropped to reorder the module menu.

     

    Modifying the module menu structure is done on a module by module basis. You cannot make templates for re-use. Students will see the module menu exactly as you create it (without the editing functionality). Where there is no content in a section students will not see that link on their view of the menu (empty sections are indicated to you by a grey, dotted-line icon next to the link as shown below.




    You can also choose to hide a menu link and its associated content from students. If a module section is hidden from students you will see the icon below next to the link title.


    Click here for the eLearning Unit's full guide on building and editing your module menu.
    For further help and advice contact the eLearning Unit: 
    elearning@liv.ac.uk